Release Notes for Boomerang v1.0.8
In previous versions of Boomerang, the easiest way to access an instance after deploying it through Boomerang was to log into the AWS console and assign it a public IP. We realized this was annoying for such a common operation. To smooth out this workflow, you can now nominate elastic IPs to be assigned when you deploy your protection group with Boomerang. After your protection group has been deployed, you will be able to see the public IPs that were assigned in your instances tab. You can find your elastic IP assignments on the copyback tab.
Just like all other AWS resources managed by Boomerang, the elastic IPs are bound to your stack and are automatically released when you undeploy the stack using Boomerang or via the AWS console. Don't forget that public IPs grant access into your VPC, so be sure to only assign them to hardened boxes that you feel comfortable exposing to the public internet. You can find the elastic IP that was assigned to your instance in the copyback tab.
Manual Instance Type Override
Boomerang automatically suggests an instance type that most closely matches the specs of your source VM. This decision is made based on our estimates of your VM's memory and compute capacity. In practice, users will always have a better understanding of their workload, especially in light of more sophisticated AWS instance types. Specialized instance requirements and capabilities that can be highly tuned to specific workloads such as GPU nodes or ultra low latency networking cannot be automatically inferred. The latest version of Boomerang allows you to override our suggested instance type when deploying your workload into AWS allowing you to tap into your expertise to maximize performance and minimize your expenses.
Fine-grained VPC configuration
Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) allow each AWS deployment to have full freedom in managing their IP address space while providing security and isolation. When Boomerang performs a deployment of your protection group, it allows you the choice of creating a new VPC or deploying into an existing VPC. If you choose to deploy into a new VPC, Boomerang will intelligently clone your existing network architecture into AWS by assigning appropriate subnets and private IP addresses to your instances creating a network that spans your existing infrastructure.
Boomerang 1.0.8 adds the capability for advanced users to tune exactly how subnets and IPs are assigned to instances when deploying into an existing VPC. Additionally, users can now explicitly assign instances a security group at deployment time. Security groups act as a virtual firewall controlling access to your instances and subnets. Allowing security group assignment from within Boomerang saves you from yet another log in to the AWS console to get your workload up and running in the cloud.
Improved Resource Tagging
Tagging resources is the most common way to manage assets in AWS. Many first and 3rd party tools such as the AWS Cost Manager rely on tags to group resources. Boomerang wants to make managing your cloud resources as simple as possible, so since Boomerang 1.0.6 we have offered the option to tag all resources associated with a protection group. In 1.0.8, we extend this feature even further by tagging many intermediate resources that are created during the deployment process. We encourage you to use tagging as much as you can to help you manage your cloud resource and clearly assess the costs and requirements of your virtual assets.
Expanded OS support
Due to popular demand, Boomerang has added full support for Windows Server 2008 32bit. We acknowledge that many of our customers may have mission critical infrastructure which cannot be easily moved to 64 bit architectures. We have heard your cries and we now support legacy Windows server as a first class citizen within Boomerang. You can now copy, deploy, and copyback these VMs and include them into your protection groups. Be on the lookout for several of your VMs to lose their dreaded red exclamation mark!
Boomerang already supports extensive logging that is accessible from within the application. The latest version of Boomerang adds support for syslog remote logging. If you have an existing syslog monitoring infrastructure set up, Boomerang can now seamlessly integrate into your enteprise management stack. Find this new option in the settings pane.
That wraps up the major feature changes in this version of Boomerang, but it doesn't scratch the surface on the dozens of minor UI, workflow and some major performance improvements that we've made. We hope you find these new features useful and we would love to hear any feedback you have about them.