[Turbot On] Quick Actions
Fix compliance and operational issues with a push of a button.
For the last eight years, Turbot has focused on remediation of operational and compliance issues at enterprise scale. Our customers love using Turbot automation to find and fix problems in real-time across hundreds of cloud service accounts. However, there are many situations where cloud professionals want to quickly take a specific one-time action on a resource while remaining in the context of their multi-cloud compliance dashboard.
Introducing Quick Actions
Now generally available in Turbot v5.39.0, Quick Actions enable DevOps engineers to instantly remediate cloud configuration issues (e.g. enable encryption on a resource), snooze compliance alarms, or take operational actions (e.g. tag a resource, start/stop an instance) from the Turbot Compliance Dashboard.
Action types are specific to the service and the resource, meaning that S3 Buckets support different actions than EC2 instances. After enabling Quick Actions in your workspace (see below), you can browse a list of available actions for a given resource by clicking on the orange “Actions” button (located in the top right of each resource detail page):
The Turbot console is a powerful tool for exploring cloud resources across large multi-account environments. In the past, when cloud teams discovered an issue within their environment using Turbot alarms, they would have to make a choice between leaving the compliance dashboard and addressing the issue in another tool, or configuring Turbot policies to remediate the problem via automation.
The choice to fix the issue manually forces the DevOps engineer to switch context from the CMDB and dashboard into other tools to apply the change. By removing that cognitive load, we make that same engineer more productive and effective.
Make it green™ with Turbot
Now with Quick Actions, the most common functions required by cloud operations teams can be executed immediately, without context switching. The result is increased operator productivity leading to a clean (all green) compliance dashboard with full audit trail. The list of available quick actions is growing weekly, and will continue to do so based on customer feedback., Here is a short list of the currently supported resource types across AWS, GCP & Azure:
Amazon Web Services
EC2 Volumes & Snapshots
Auto-Scaling & Target Groups
Load Balancers (All types)
Load Balancer Listeners
Launch Template & Versions
IAM Users, Roles, Groups
IAM Policies, Inline Policies
Lambda Alias & Versions
RDS DB Clusters & Instances
DB Parameter Groups
DB Option & Subnet Groups
SNS Topics & Subscriptions
Google Cloud Platform
Node Groups & Templates
Compute Health Check
HTTPS Health Check
Region Health Check
Disk Encryption Sets
Compute Availability Sets
Application Security Groups
Network Security Groups
Public IP Addresses
Typical use cases
Start/Stop Instances and Databases – Forgot to turn off that m5.16xlarge you were testing on last week? Oops! Shut it down right now.
Delete Resources – Found 90TB of three year old EC2 snapshots? Clean ‘em up as you identify them.
Snooze Alarms – Give that critical app team 90 days of runway to clean up their environment by snoozing their alarms.
Tag resources – Instantly apply your custom tagging template to the untagged resource you just found.
Enable Encryption – Found a rogue bucket without default encryption? Turn it back on without breaking a sweat.
Get started with Quick Actions
The Quick Action feature is available to all Turbot SaaS and Enterprise customers on version 5.39.0 or higher. To enable quick actions in your Turbot workspace, simply set the policy:
Turbot > Quick Actions > Enabled == "Enabled" for a single account or the entire environment.
For details on how to limit access to quick actions and create custom permission sets please see this guide in the Turbot docs. If you need any assistance please reach out to Turbot Support, and keep an eye on your inbox for another [Turbot On] post in the near future!
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