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CloudBuddy Personal - AWS EC2 Dashboard Plug-in

Provides insight into your AWS account and its usage from EC2 perspective.

What is CloudBuddy Personal?

CloudBuddy Personal is primarily an S3 bucket explorer with the following features:

  1. Comes with an MS-office Add-on that allows you to store, retrieve and share files directly from the AWS S3 buckets
  2. Power Shell extension to access the AWS S3 buckets in a secure way
  3. Provides .NET API to quickly integrate from any desktop & ASP.NET web apps
  4. CloudFront plug-in to manage CloudFront distributions
  5. S3 Sites plug-in to host your static websites
  6. Bit.ly plug-in to create a short URI
  7. Plug-in support for third party developers to enrich CloudBuddy Personal with various innovative features

In the above list we are adding a new Plug-in called AWS EC2 Dashboard.

About AWS EC2 Dashboard Plug-in
There are many tools that exist today that allow you to manage the AWS EC2 resources but this plug-in is very handy for the administrator of an AWS account to look at all the available EC2 resources, such as instances, EBS volumes and their snapshots, keypairs, security groups, elastic IPs and their usage from a single dashboard.

If you are looking for an answer to any of the following questions, then you need to download the latest version of CloudBuddy Personal.

  1. Is there a dashboard that allows you to primarily view the activities that are going on in your AWS account from an EC2 perspective?
  2. How many EC2 resources such as Instances, EC2 images, reserved public IPs , EBS and their snapshots exist across the Cloud regions (US - EAST, WEST, Europe...etc) ?
  3. Are they really being used or not? If not, is there a way that I can get to know which is in use? If they are used, is there a way that I can see the relationship among those resources?
  4. How many security groups exist in my AWS account and how many instances are associated with a single security group?
  5. How many public IPs are reserved and are they really been used or not?
  6. Is there a CloudWatch & Auto scaling configured? if yes, is there a way that I can view the relationship of CloudWatch with instances?
  7. Is there a tool that can export all the available EC2 resources in a CSV format?

The AWS EC2 Dashboard plug-in for CloudBuddy Personal has answers for most of the above questions. You might use any management tools such as AWS Management Console, Rightscale, Elasticfox...etc to manage your Cloud, but this plug-in provides an insight into your AWS EC2 from a usage standpoint.

AWS EC2 Dashboard Plug-in Screen shot

AWS EC2 Dashboard plug-in screen shot

You can follow this link to learn more about AWS EC2 Dashboard Plug-in.

Follow this link to download CloudBuddy Personal bundled with all the plug-ins listed above.

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At present building a start-up called Qruize Technologies. Qruize is an Information & Communication Technology Start-up based out of Chennai, India. The company comprises of two strategic business units, Qruize Labs- boutique technology research & consulting services and Qruize Apps- social media products and services. We are currently establishing our own operations in the USA and entering into strategic partnerships in the EMEA region.
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