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Amazon EC2 Instances Pricing Explained

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Getting the most out of Amazon EC2 instances requires not just choosing the right type of EC2 instance or performing the backup, but, first of all, identifying the best EC2 pricing strategy.

Optimizing costs can be difficult because AWS offers several different types of pricing models. In order to make sure that you are paying the least amount possible while still obtaining the level of resource availability that your applications require, you need to understand Amazon EC2’s pricing options and identify which type of pricing is best for each workload that you host.

This article explains how pricing works on EC2 and offers suggestions for optimizing EC2 costs. Continue reading

Choosing an EC2 Instance Type

AWS offers nearly fifty different types of EC2 instances. It also provides a number of different categories of images, each tailored for different use cases.

Choice is a good thing, and having so many EC2 instance options and categories is a benefit to users. But with so many possibilities, deciding which EC2 instance is the best fit for your needs can be a challenge.

If you’re struggling to decide which EC2 instance to use, this article is for you. It outlines the major EC2 instance types and categories and makes recommendations about which instances are the best fit for certain types of situations. 

We won’t discuss every individual instance type. That would be unfeasible, because Amazon currently offers forty-nine distinct EC2 instances. But we’ll cover the most important ones, and discuss the differences between the major categories of EC2 instances.

However, if you are familiar with EC2 instance types, you might be interested in the EC2 backup. Check out our article about the types of EC2 backup. Continue reading

How to Back Up Amazon EC2 Instances

Amazon EC2 instances can be backed up in more than one way. The approach you take to EC2 backups should reflect your needs: Whether you require an automated backup solution, how quickly you need to be able to restore an instance during an emergency and how much data you can store and transfer.

This article identifies the different methods for backing up EC2 instances and discusses the pros and cons of each approach. Continue reading

Amazon S3 vs EBS vs EFS. The Difference Explained

Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS are three different storage types, designed by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 is an object storage and is suitable for storing user files and backups in massive numbers. Amazon EFS was designed to provide scalable storage for the users of Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon EBS was also created to enhance the functionality of Amazon EC2 - it is similar to your computer's drive but in virtualized environment. All these services are great, but only if you use them in accordance with their purpose.

In this article, we will define the difference of Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS storage options.  Continue reading

AWS Storage Options: Amazon S3, Glacier, EBS, EFS

The portfolio of AWS storage products offers a multitude of options for each and every usage scenario. Navigating through them may prove troublesome for inexperienced users, as each storage class is crammed with many specificities that have to be considered. In this article we set out to clarify the use-cases of the following AWS storage classes: Amazon EBS, EFS, S3, and Glacier.
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Nixsys: The New CloudBerry’s Restore to EC2 Feature Helps Our Offering Greatly

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Nixsys is an American computer manufacturer that offers the highest quality custom-built computers and servers supporting legacy hardware and software as well as all kinds of IT support for small and mid-size businesses. This includes backup and disaster recovery, network & mobile device management, IT consulting and security services. Continue reading

How to Move Amazon EC2 Instance to a Different Availability Zone, Virtual Private Cloud or a Region (CLI Scripts Included)

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Moving Amazon EC2 instance to another Availability Zone, VPC or AWS Region may result in a headache for administrators, who think that it is a must to stop the existing and brand a new instance each time. If it’s a production instance, the interruption disrupts the working process and leads to the significant money/time losses. So, do you really have to migrate all data manually?

The answer is “no”, if you know how to properly use AWS native tools.  In this article we explain how to easily move working Amazon EC2 instance to different Availability Zone, VPC or AWS Region.

Let’s get started from the step one.
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Azure VM vs Amazon EC2 vs Google CE: Cloud Computing Comparison

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If you look for a cloud VM infrastructure, there are 3 biggest cloud systems available: Amazon Elastic Cloud 2, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. Since it’s still hard to choose the right one, we are going to explain key differences to make the choice easier.
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How to Resize an Amazon Elastic Block Store Volume

Reaching a capacity limit in Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS)? Need more IOPS for an app or web-service? Due to its design Amazon EBS doesn’t allow to scale the volume size dynamically or extend volume IOPS. If a user needs more space, he has to buy another Amazon EBS volume and then spend hours to backup data from the original volume, verify its consistency and then restore on the new one.

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to use AWS built-in features to easily resize the Amazon EBS volume.
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How to Configure a P2V (Physical to Virtual) Disaster Recovery with Amazon EC2 and CloudBerry Backup

Disaster Recovery is all about protecting data from loss and providing business continuity. Traditional backup-and-restore approach assumes the data to be uploaded off-site and downloaded back during the recovery when the infrastructure is reconstructed. “Physical to Virtual” is a disaster recovery scenario that allows to quickly roll out a copy of your current environment in the cloud.

From this article you will learn how to implement a P2V disaster recovery scenario by using Amazon EC2, Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and CloudBerry Backup to speed up the process.
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