RexRay is a plugin module available for use with Docker which provides the ability to use shared storage as a Docker volume. It is quick to setup and provides near seamless data sharing between containers. We review it's basic design and detail tips for it's use in the AWS environment. The plugin design supports many different environments.
One common point of contention that we see often in cloud conversions is the uncomfortable squirming that comes from talking about DHCP in the datacenter. This conversation comes up all the time, and is often brought up after the need for automation is well understood and even desired.
"What is a container?" -- you might then ask. A container is a set of processes which have been isolated together by the Linux kernel. The exact technologies are covered here, but the basic idea is that you can make a container, move it around, and replicate it. You can start it up, and shut it down, and toss it out when you're done. You can share it with your workmates, and publish it to the world.
This is part 8 in a series on cloud cost management.
Today's cloud cost optimization & reporting tools tested have various stages of development. All of them can fetch basic records and report basic costs. Most do trending out of the box, mostly through what appears to be simple averaging. Some do struggle to get their data fetching connection to work properly though.
This is part 7 in a series on cloud cost management.
We’ve looked at a number of cloud cost optimization tools in house and for customers. This is a brief breakdown of some of the characteristics and features of the programs. Please realize that this is a very fast moving part of the industry. If you decision hinges on a single feature, it’s availability may have changed by the time you read this sentence.
This is part 6 in a series on cloud cost management.
There is a burgeoning crop of applications and portals for cloud cost optimization and reporting which point to the maturity, complexity and adoption surrounding cloud offerings. This strong adoption of the cloud offerings has sent IT organizations scrambling to understand the costs and to show their savings for, in many cases, well executed transition plans.
Google has an offering titled the Google Compute Engine, or GCE. Google has direct support for “projects” in it’s implementation; any runtime instances require that you first create a project to contain them and any associated resources. This means that this is the primary mechanism for cost reporting and chargeback. Once you enable billing, the usage will be reported based on it’s project.
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