Today we added a new integration to the ContainerShip Cloud click to deploy marketplace, IronFunctions. IronFunctions is an open source project developed by iron.io that offers a FaaS (functions as a service) platform for developing and running AWS Lambda style micro applications.
Any DevOp team wants to write clean code that enables minimum downtime, scales to meet demand and can be easily maintained. This, however, isn’t always easy to achieve. Some of the popular configuration management systems that development teams use include Chef, Puppet and CFEngine, to name a few.
On November 30th, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new service called "Lightsail" which promises to deliver easy Virtual Private Servers (VPS) at predictable costs.
AWS has been the leader in on-demand computing resources for a decade. They pioneered the space, and have by far the largest footprint when it comes to both customers, available regions, and revenue, which is on track to reach $13 Billion this year, according to a report by Business Insider. In the last 5 years however, DigitalOcean has had incredible success by selling to a different market, the individual developer. Making it easier to go from idea to deployment at a low cost, without navigating the confusing AWS control panel, while at the same time having access to an extremely active community. This move by Amazon appears to be a direct attack on DigitalOcean and the success they have had making cloud servers easier for hobbyists, developers, and small businesses to launch and manage. In this post we will dig in to both services and do a comparison on the available features, billing, pricing, and advantages of one over the other. I feel like we'll probably have to talk about what constitutes "VPS vs. Cloud" as well. We'll also dig in to how choosing a simple interface and manual server management now can hurt down the road as a project or business grows and your infrastructure needs to scale.
I travel to many DevOps and software engineering conferences, both large and small. When the topic of what DevOps really means arises, someone always brings up the argument:
Whether there will still be a need for dedicated private cloud hosting solutions in the not-too-distant future has been a debate that has steadily gained momentum in recent years. This is partly due to the fact that public cloud has grown in popularity as a cheaper option for businesses looking to expand their I&O capabilities.
Only a few years ago, we heralded the arrival of the virtual machine (VM) as the answer to our problems concerning utilizing every resource on our server hardware. Virtual machines came along to revolutionize the way we thought about computing and it seemed as if all of our resource woes were finally coming to an end.
Interest in container technologies keeps growing; and when you consider the wide range of benefits they provide, it’s not surprising. Big names like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have relied on containers to support their massive ops for years, but smaller companies and startups are only now starting to realize their potential.
For successful SaaS companies, growth can happen at lightning speed. A great software product can propel any small SaaS startup from obscurity to worldwide fame virtually overnight. When this happens, scaling up becomes an immediate priority that, if ill-prepared for, can seriously undermine a promising newcomer’s ability to step into the spotlight and deliver the goods consistently.
Phil Dougherty, on Nov 16
The automation of previously human-dependent tasks is nothing new. The industrial revolution was the first big wave of automation where machinery was introduced to production lines as a means to reduce operation times, costs and complexities.