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· 4 min read
Lukas Lösche

Resoto Rewind takes snapshots of the Resoto asset inventory graph and creates a timeline of the changes to your cloud infrastructure.

Rewind is like a time machine that allows you to see what your cloud environment looked like hours, weeks, months, or even years ago.

As cloud infrastructures grow and evolve, it can be challenging to keep track of their changing state. Whether it's to meet compliance requirements, conduct audits, perform capacity forecasting, or forensic investigation—understanding the history of your cloud environment is crucial.

Rewind doesn't just give you a log of events/changes or time series data, but offers detailed snapshots of your entire cloud environment.

Resoto Rewind

· 12 min read
Lars Kamp

As companies grow, their cloud infrastructure quickly becomes fragmented and gets out of control. Data about what resources exist and how resources they relate to each other is tedious to acquire.

In practice, this means that the infrastructure layer often remains a mystery, and engineering teams are unable to see what's happening in their infrastructure. This makes capacity planning impossible, limits organizations' ability to control cloud costs, and leaves teams in the dark about potential security vulnerabilities.

The data to understand cloud growth exists as cloud resource metadata describing the state, configuration, and dependencies of cloud resources. Acquiring and unifying this "infrastructure data" into a single place is the solution for a lot of the problems that infrastructure engineers deal with today—not just cost, but also security and reliability.

But infrastructure is fragmented. Data is locked behind cloud APIs, and the tools that use those APIs to control the deployment of cloud resources. In this post, I'll explain how Resoto acquires infrastructure data, and then uses that data to write code.

· 6 min read
Lars Kamp

EC2 instances often account for the largest portion of your AWS bill. Yet, it's notoriously difficult to get a simple list of all EC2 instances across all regions and accounts, as threads on StackOverflow and Reddit show.

You also then want to use that list to ask questions about your inventory, such as:

  • How many total instances are there?
  • Which instances are running?
  • Which instances are missing tags?
  • Which resources have an expiration date?

In this post, I'll describe how to use Resoto to build an EC2 cloud asset inventory. The baseline inventory is a list with all EC2 instances, which you then can use to create more narrow and detailed views.

· 4 min read
Pablo Fonovich

Resoto makes it easy to create an inventory of your cloud infrastructure. With just a few commands, you get a snapshot of your resources. And with that data ingested into a time series database, you not only know the current state of your cloud but also have insights into changes and trends.

Resoto also offers simple and human-friendly ways to view this data—you can export the data to Google Sheets to create charts or use Resoto Notebook for interactive search visualization and analysis.

Today, we are introducing a new way to visualize this data: Resoto Dashboards.

With Resoto Dashboards, your searches and queries are executed periodically and the results displayed in widgets automatically. You can also customize and organize widgets in the dashboard to keep the most important metrics always within reach. You can even share dashboards across your organization so others can access the data. And of course, you can access your dashboards anywhere you have access to your Resoto installation.

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