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aewacs explained

Do I really need aewacs - does it solve my problem?

A lot of companies/users are using the pay as you go model for cloud resources. However nice this pay as you go model is, controlling cost in an easy manner is often not as easy. This is where aewacs helps you! No need to write your own complicated scripts nor check them.

aewacs helps you to create easy schedules for your cloud resources in order to pay only for the resources you are using.

Typically our customers use aewacs for:

  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA instances
  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA environments
  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA autoscalinggroups
  • Scale up/down schedule for DEV/TST/QA/PRD autoscalinggroups
  • Backup schedules for DEV/TST/QA/PRD instances
  • Backup schedules for DEV/TST/QA/PRD RDS
  • Backup schedules for Storage Gateway
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  • aewacs what is it and how does it work?

    aewacs is a SAAS-based online portal that allows cloud computing customers to schedule:

  • on/off times;
  • autoscaling actions (up / down / suspend);
  • scheduled scale actions on autoscalinggroups;
  • EC2 instance, Storage Gateway, and RDS Backups
  • All this means that aewacs easily reduces your monthly cloud costs by 25% or more with just 10 minutes setup.

    Follow these steps to easily setup your aewacs account:

  • Setup your aewacs account (yes, we do have a free tier);
  • Connect your AWS environment(s);
  • Enable your scheduling to save costs.
  • How does synchronization work between AWS and aewacs?

    When you create your aewacs account, aewacs will synchronise your EC2/autoscalinggroups within AWS. aewacs uses this synchronised data (metadata if you prefer) to control the status of your instances, scale up/down or stop autoscalinggroups and perform backups for EC2 instances, Storage Gateway, and RDS. aewacs does this based upon the various schedules you have created and applied.

    aewacs does a first synchronization when you enter your AWS credentials after your account has been created. After that, aewacs checks every 10 minutes for possible changes in your AWS account. Any new discovered resources will appear in aewacs. Should you require faster synchronisation, there is a global and per resource option to manually synchronise.

    What happens when my EC2 instance is stopped/started via an aewacs schedule?

    Based upon your configured schedule(s) in aewacs the instances are started and stopped. aewacs does not terminate instances.

    It’s good practice however to check the shutdown behaviour setting of your AWS instance. Default this is set to stop, but if you have changed this at launch it might be set to terminate.

    Our advice is to have all instances set to shutdown behaviour ‘stop’ and have the termination protection checkmark selected.

    What happens when I have a start/stop schedule on my autoscalinggroup?

    Usually the instances in an autoscalinggroup are instantiated from a base AMI or even from scratch and loaded with the correct packages. Depending on the software packages that need to be configured, this process takes some time.

    We have designed aewacs so that a stop of the autoscalinggroup actually preserves the instances. This way, aewacs saves costs and makes sure you can start the instances in your autoscalinggroup fast. This is especially useful for DEV/TEST or QA autoscalingroups that are not used 24x7.

    What happens when I have a start/stop schedule on my environment?

    Here at aewacs we make use of environment tags in our AWS console. We do this to group logical environment together like DEV/TEST/QA and PRD over multiple AWS accounts. We thought it would make sense to stop an entire environment at once.

    Just create the tag ‘Environment’ with a value in your AWS console in the different AWS accounts and it will show up in aewacs. Now, if you have a schedule connected to an environment it will execute the relevant schedule on all the instances in various AWS accounts with that ‘Environment’ tag.

    Even though this feature is designed to operate in more AWS accounts, you can use this in just one account as well.

    setting up aewacs

    aewacs licensing

    aewacs offers a free tier if there is a need to control more instances we offer the following plans.

    aewacs licensing is based on how many instances/autoscalinggroups/environment or RDS resources there are in total in your AWS account(s). Pricing plans can be found here and starts with a free tier.

    It’s possible to connect multiple AWS accounts and operate them with aewacs as if they are one.

    Do I need software?

    aewacs is a SaaS based product and there is no need for you to download additional plug-ins or software.

    Do you need my credit card information for setup?

    No, we don’t need your credit card information for setup. aewacs has a free tier you can use indefinite. In the free tier there is no limit on functionality. There is however a limit on how much instances/autoscalinggroups/environments/RDS you can manage. Check the different licensing plans here.

    How much time should I carve out from my daily task to setup aewacs?

    aewacs can be setup in your coffee break. It’s easy to setup and takes less than 10 minutes to:

  • Register your aewacs account;
  • Setup your account to sync with AWS;
  • Create your first schedule to start your savings.
  • What are the different schedules I can configure?

    You can configure the following schedules:

  • Up time schedule to start/stop your instances
  • Scale schedules to start/stop or scale up/down your autoscalinggroups
  • Backup schedules to backup EC2 instances, Storage Gateway, or RDS
  • What are typical use cases for aewacs?

    Typically our customers use aewacs for:

  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA instances
  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA environments
  • Start/stop schedule for DEV/TST/QA autoscalinggroups
  • Scale up/down schedule for DEV/TST/QA/PRD autoscalinggroups
  • Backup schedules for DEV/TST/QA/PRD instances
  • Backup schedules for DEV/TST/QA/PRD RDS
  • Backup schedules for Storage Gateway
  • Do you need my credit card information for setup?

    No, we don’t need your credit card information for setup. aewacs has a free tier you can use indefinite. In the free tier, there is no limit on functionality. There is however a limit on how much instances/autoscalinggroups/environments/RDS you can manage. Check the different licensing plans here. All other plans are billed via the AWS Marketplace.

    All other plans are billed via the AWS Marketplace.