Category Archives: AWS

Surprised by your Cloud Bill every month? Try Cross-Cloud Tagging

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If you have recently received the bill from your cloud provider, you may be still wondering how you spent all this significant amount of money in cloud resources. And if you’re using multiple cloud providers (like we do at ElasticBox), this problem is even more complicated. Evidently, you need to have much better insight into where your expenses are going. Resource tagging is a crucial technique to improve the cost efficiency and reduce your infrastructure bill. Read More

Calling all AWS CloudFormation Power Users

AWS CloudFormation is a very useful deployment mechanism provided by AWS and fully supported by ElasticBox. We’ve recently made some changes to our product and one of the results is a very interesting AWS CloudFormation use case – splitting up gigantic and monolithic AWS CloudFormation templates into smaller, more manageable templates.

First, A Little Background

AWS CloudFormation is essentially a way to programmatically define and provision cloud infrastructure, via a JSON template. CloudFormation templates can be used for tasks such as setting up VPCs, creating autoscaling groups and launching EC2 instances into different network configurations.  Read More

Why are some Amazon Services labeled AWS?

I haven’t figured out why some services have the prefix Amazon while others have AWS. For instance it is “Amazon VPC” and “AWS CloudFormation.” Was it a length issue in the AWS UI? Are the AWS prefix services special? Thoughts?

Welcome to the last post in my ElasticBox-supported AWS services! In this blog post, I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful world of Amazon VPCs and AWS CloudFormation! Read More

Oh No, Amazon is Rebooting! With ElasticBox, You Don’t Have To Worry

If you use Amazon Web Service (AWS) for your applications, you’ve probably already received an email (or a phone call) from AWS informing you that your EC2 instances will be rebooted over the next 5 days. Reboots are a fairly routine occurrence at AWS, but this one has the potential to severely impact your applications. Most of the potential problems this reboot will create have been outlined in several other articles and blog posts. Among them, the most worrisome is what happens after the reboot. How do you go about bringing your applications back online? How many IT folks will have to stay on call to minimize downtime?  Read More

Can’t survive without AWS S3, DynamoDB, and RDS? See how you can use them in ElasticBox

In my last blog post, I talked about how we support AWS EC2, EBS, Elastic IP Address, and ELB. In this post, I’ll cover S3, DynamoDB, and RDS. Read More

ElasticBox Support for AWS EC2, EBS, ELB, and IP Addresses

ElasticBox supports delivery of applications on a number of private and public clouds including AWS, GCE, Azure, VMware, CloudStack, OpenStack, and HP Cloud. Just supporting compute, however, is not unique. Several players in the market support compute. What’s great about ElasticBox is that it also gives you access to a large number of cloud provider-specific services such EBS, Route 53, SQL Services, App Engine, etc.  Read More

AWS Auto Scaling and Load Balancing Made Easy

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Take advantage of automatically scaling and load balancing instances when you deploy applications using ElasticBox in AWS EC2 or VPCs. Load balancing evenly distributes load to application instances in all availability zones in a region while auto scaling makes sure instances scale up or down depending on the load.  Read More

Control the Cost of Cloud Computing with ElasticBox

Tags at ElasticBox are a powerful tool. With the next few blog posts we will explain how you can use ElasticBox tags for different use cases.

A few months ago, I was building a small iPhone app on my own. It was one of those very late evenings, (or technically early mornings) when I started to migrate my app’s backend from my local development machine to the cloud. I launched database and server instances, deployed my code on the cloud and then went to bed. Over the next few weeks I continued coding and testing my app, but I never looked at the billing information on the cloud management console. Read More

ElasticBox Supports AWS Elastic Load Balancer

Today, we officially pushed to production our newest supported cloud service: AWS Elastic Load Balancer.

The AWS Elastic Load Balancer, which automatically distributes incoming application traffic to the right set of EC2 instances, plays a vital role maintaining business continuity. Enterprises that often experience sudden surges in traffic, such as in media and marketing, rely on AWS Elastic Load Balancing to ensure greater levels of application fault tolerance.

With ElasticBox, users compose their applications by stacking together Boxes. At the time of deploying to a cloud provider such as AWS, the user can select from a set of provider-specific services that enhance the deployment.

Users now have the option to add AWS Elastic Load Balancer capabilities at the time of deploying their Box. We support the load balancing of applications using HTTP, HTTPS, TCP and SSL protocols and provide the ability to specify the certificates necessary for secure protocols. In addition to creating brand new load balancers at the time of deployment, we also support the reuse of existing load balancers that are associated with the user’s AWS account. This allows businesses to repurpose their existing infrastructure configurations.

With the addition of Elastic Load Balancer, we have expanded our current list of supported AWS services: EC2, RDS (MySQL and Oracle), ElastiCache, and S3 Block Storage.

Our philosophy at ElasticBox is steer away from a common denominator approach to cloud provider support. Whether it is AWS, VMware, GCE, OpenStack or Azure, our focus is to provide rich and in-depth support for the services that differentiate each of these cloud providers.