Be a DevOps Champ, Automate AWS EBS Volume Snapshot Creations With Botmetric

Editor’s Note: This special product feature blog is written by our zealous Minja, Swathi Harish.

AWS EBS Volume (AWS Elastic Block Storage Volumes), attached and used by the AWS EC2 instances, play a pivotal role in file storage and Disaster Recovery (DR) management. Hence, it is recommended to backup these volumes regularly and pave the way for a better DR management and business continuity, and thereby assuage any data loss in case of a calamity or accidental deletion of information.

Consider a hypothetical use case: A person updates his volume for about four times a day and wants to take a snapshot when he does so. So this calculates to 28 times a week, 112 times a month and about 1344 times in a year. The time and effort spent on this will make the person give up on the idea of taking periodic snapshots.

Thankfully, however, one need not spend time and effort on such calculations or scripting. Instead, use our virtual cloud engineer — Botmetric, which automatically creates snapshots of the AWS EBS volume as per your scheduled settings.

Some of the most user-friendly automation featured on EBS Snapshot creation, offered by Botmetric, are:

1. Creating Backup Snapshots of the AWS EBS Volume Automatically

Ever wondered if you could take a snapshot of the volumes attached just by using the name of the volume or instance or even the instance ID? Yes. It’s possible — with Botmetric. Botmetric users can:

a. Take snapshots of volumes based on Instance IDs at any time in a day/week/month.
b. Take snapshots of volumes based on Instance IDs at regular intervals of time.
c. Take snapshots of volumes attached to instances based on Instance tags at any time of the day/week/month.
d. Take snapshots based on instance tags at regular intervals of time.
e. Take snapshots based on volume tags at any time of day/week/month.
f. Take snapshots based on volume tags at regular intervals of time.

2. Copying EBS Snapshots Across Accounts Automatically

Botmetric’s automation feature also provides provisions to copy the snapshots across different accounts of AWS. That too easily on a regular basis. More so, the delay that occurs due to manual operations can be reduced significantly by automating the tasks. The time in a day/week/month can be set and the snapshot job will be executed repeatedly as desired by you.

3. Copying EBS Snapshots Across Regions Automatically

Copying snapshots across the regions is a tricky task, as the charges are applied for this operation by Amazon explicitly. After the snapshot is copied, standard AWS EBS Volume snapshot charges apply for storage in the destination region. To reduce this kind of cost incurrence, the old snapshots stored in the destination region should be deleted on a regular basis, and the new snapshots must be copied carefully. This requires careful execution of the operation, which can be done with ease using automation.

a. Copying snapshots across region by specifying desired destination region and time in a day/week/month.
b. Copying snapshots to destination region at regular intervals of time.

The above jobs not only help in reducing the workload but also in saving the cost. For the reason that: all the old snapshots created by these jobs will be removed and replaced by the new ones. The user has the provision to specify how many snapshots he wants to be retained. The users also have the provision to delete any number of jobs at any time. Specifying the job names gives a good understanding to the user as to what the job does.

These auto-management features ensure you will never be a slave to the manual work, but will be a DevOps champ! So if you want your AWS tasks to be done accurately in the shortest time possible, automate them using Botmetric.

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Automating on AWS Cloud- The DevOps Way

With innovations accelerating and increased demands of DevOps users, businesses are becoming more agile with each passing day. To smooth the progress of functional excellence and achieve overall business goals, organizations need to stay agile. This advancement is progressing downstream with the evolution of DevOps.

But DevOps isn’t as easy as it sounds. Deploying a highly efficient Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment without expensive configuration management tools is possible. But it requires serious efforts as there are chances of errors and mistakes.

AWS offers wide range of tools and services which can help you in configuring and deploying your AWS resources. Some of these tools are CloudFormation and ElasticBeanstalk. But these tools cannot manage your AWS environment fully. They can only cover the AWS objects created by you. They can’t deal with the software and various configuration data present on your EC2 instances.

While cloud is emerging as a hero for enterprises by giving them a great platform to manage their multifaceted software applications, enterprises look for more flexibility in their software creation practices. They have simply migrated from conventional models to agile or lean development practices. This move or let’s say it as a development has also spread to various operation teams and has shorten the impending gap between customary Development and Ops teams.

Providing a flexible and highly efficient environment, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has successfully facilitated the growth and profitability of its clients including Netflix, Airbnb, Etsy, and many more and these all embraced DevOps. In this post, we will try to deconstruct the elements of DevOps that have brought those successful impacts. We have provided here some of the best practices and practical examples.

How to make sure that your RDS/EBS data is being backed up timely? Do you keep a copy of your AWS snapshots across regions to be disaster recovery prepared? Botmetric offers Cloud Automation jobs for all these use cases and many more.

Here are some of the cloud automation jobs which will help you in saving time and advance your operational agility.

Take EBS volume snapshot based on instance/volume tags

Enable regular snapshots for your AWS EBS volumes. Use Botmetric’s Cloud Automation to schedule a job for creating snapshots automatically. This can be done for the EBS volumes having specified instance or volume tags. This would also help you to be DR ready.

Take RDS snapshot based on RDS tags

Enable regular snapshots for your AWS RDS instances. Use Botmetric’s Cloud Automation to schedule a job for creating snapshots automatically for the RDS instances having specified tags.

Stop EC2 Instances based on instance tags

Stop the instances which are not required anymore and save some cost. Botmetric’s Cloud Automation can schedule a job for your infrastructure which will stop EC2 instances automatically at specified time.

Start EC2 Instances based on instance tags

Start your stopped instances whenever it is required. Botmetric’s Cloud Automation automatically schedules a job which will start EC2 instances automatically at a specified time.

Create AMI for EC2 Instances based on instance tags

Use automation to create AMI for EC2 Instances based on instance tags automatically.

Copy EBS Volume snapshot (based on volume tags) across regions

Enable your data backups to be copied across AWS regions. Use Botmetric’s Cloud Automation to schedule a job which will automatically on specified periods copy EBS Volume snapshot based on volume tags from a source region to the destination region.

Copy RDS snapshot (based on RDS tags) across regions

Using Botmetric’s Cloud Automation you can schedule a job which will automatically on specified periods copy RDS snapshot based on RDS tags across regions.

Botmetric periodically copies your data backups across the AWS regions. With Botmetric, you can do so by scheduling a job for cross-region copy:
• Copy EBS Volume snapshot (based on volume tags) across regions
• Copy RDS snapshot (based on RDS tags) across regions

How Automation can help you further?

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Implementing DevOps Automation can offer extremely helpful prospects and improve functional excellence with time-to-market. In addition to these, automation also helps in abridging expenses in several dimensions including manpower costs, resources costs, value costs, intricacy costs, and, most valuable in the eyes of all industry leaders, the time costs.

DevOps has progressed to become a key part of enterprise IT planning. The simple realistic way of managing security in cloud is developing very fast and changing swiftly to make it automation first. The Cloud Automation jobs being offered by Botmetric are helpful for all the use cases.

Take up a 14-day free trial to learn how Botmetric in your AWS Cloud infrastructure can simplify your Cloud automation tasks 10x faster.

With Botmetric’s AWS DevOps Automation, you can easily supervise your everyday cloud tasks with just a click. Not only this, but you can minimize approaching security risks while maintaining fast growth and quick time-to-market on the side of your production. Automation also helps you in reducing CloudOps overload. It eliminates repetitive and boring tasks and focuses on what matters for you business most. Automating your data backups not only frees you from the fear of losing them but also enable you to run your business smoothly. And as we rightly say as DevOps in Cloud is a match made in heaven, implementing the best practices will help you enjoy the freedom of saving up more time in automating your routine cloud tasks.

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