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Cost Efficiency

Netflix on Cost-Aware AWS Cloud Architectures

AWS Cost Aware by NetflixCloud computing comes with amazing financial benefits for the organization…assuming it’s done right.?In this presentation, Adrian Cockcroft of Netflix explains how a rapid innovation cycle encourages?faster returns and a more economic cloud. He posits that lowering the cost of failure will create a more?innovative organization and culture – but how?

How to Detect and Shutdown an Unused AWS EC2 Instance

Amazon CloudWatch is used to monitor several AWS products. Cloudwatch provides various metrics to monitor the user’s instance, the resources as well as the AWS billing. Cloudwatch can send a notification about a particular event. The user can create alerts to send the notifications. CloudWatch monitors the CPU usage and sends a notification if the usage exceeds the specified threshold. AWS CloudWatch also offers a unique feature to stop or terminate an instance when the CloudWatch alarm is triggered.

The present guide demonstrates how to stop an instance if the EC2 instance is not in use. The alarm will be configured to stop the instance when the CPU usage is less than 5% for more than 2 hours. The below mentioned steps are only for an EBS backed instance. For an instance store backed AMI instance, the user can configure the terminate action only.

How to View and Cancel Spot Instance Requests

A spot instance helps to reduce the cost of the instance.? To use spot instances, the user bids for a spot instance request specifying the maximum price that the user is willing to pay per hour per instance. If the maximum price of the bid is greater than the current spot price, the user’s request is fulfilled and the user’s instances run until terminated or the spot price increases above the maximum bid price. When the spot instance request is canceled, the spot instances that were launched previously through the canceled request do not automatically get terminated. The only time that the spot instance service terminates a running instance is when the spot price exceeds the max bid price.?Note that though spot instances can use Amazon EBS-backed AMIs, the user cannot stop and start spot instances launched from an AMI with an Amazon EBS root device.

The present guide demonstrates how to view running spot instances and cancel the request.

Presentation: Managing Amazon Cloud Costs

Managing AWS CostsIf you’re on the Amazon cloud, then you’ve probably already noticed that the AWS bill you receive is exceedingly complex. If you haven’t already switched, than perhaps stories from peers have scared you off. With the complexity of the consumption-based bill, your cloud costs can get out of hand and you may not understand why.

9 Guidelines for Scheduling AWS EC2 Instances

Scheduling EC2 resources

Leaving an instance running when it isn’t needed isn’t especially cost effective. But is there a better solution when you need to run short jobs on a recurring schedule? A cloud scheduler allows you “talk” to your cloud and pre-define when instances will start-up and be shut down, from development through to production. Essentially, it enables you to pay only for the time you need.

Getting Started with Amazon Glacier Part 3

Get Started with Amazon Galcier Part 3In the final?installment?of this 3-part series, we will discuss data retrieval, account permissions, integrating with S3, and transferring secure data. To recap, part 1 introduced Glacier as an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure, durable, and flexible storage for your data backup and archival. In part 2, we discussed some functionalities of Glacier including managing archives, creating a vault, Glacier durability and archive inventory. And now, part 3.

Archiving in the Cloud Using Amazon Glacier

Amazon GalcierAWS has introduced a new offering called Amazon Glacier, an advanced, durable archive that changes the traditional manual way of archiving.

AWS Glacier follows the similar concept and is ideally suited when you need to store your data files/objects, collected over years, in a reliable place. In this presentation you will find some basics on how to get started with Amazon glacier including some important tips and best practices.

Case Study: Time To Know Optimizes its AWS Cloud Costs with Newvem

Time To Know provides a breakthrough solution for today’s one-to-one computing classrooms.

The company utilizes a hybrid cloud infrastructure that combines AWS with a ‘co-location’ data center near its corporate offices. Time To Know initially adopted AWS with the aim of cutting costs. Having adopted the cloud after its processes were already in place, however, has left much room for improvement.

The ease of acquiring AWS instances sprawled the company’s footprint by 40%. It was clear they were spending too much money but not how that could be remedied.

Hitting Your Cloud Sweet Spot

Hitting your cloud sweet spot” was the title of Newvem’s breakout session at re:Invent 2021?. I had the privilege to moderate a panel of cloud experts, who joined us to share their cloud operations status, challenges and gaps. Our panelists members were Ed Laczynski, VP Cloud Strategy & Architecture, Datapipe; Shane Myers, Operations?at?SmugMug; Andrew Kenny, VP Platform Engineering at Acquia; Eric Hammond, from?alestic.com?and Chemi Katz, VP Technical Operations at DoubleVerify.

How to View, Modify or Delete Amazon Cloud Billing Alarms

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