A great independent review of the different EC2 types using a Wordpress installation. If anything, it proves out the Graviton processors are a real solution that should be considered given the performance and cost.
There are two types of autoscaling in k8s: horizontal (add/subtract more nodes) and vertical (resize nodes). The Cluster Autoscaler component can be used to help manage costs, including with a mixed instance strategy that allows you to choose from various instance types.
Always a good thing.
Good for applications that have a long bootstrap process. The instances are pre-initialized but in a stopped state, as opposed to the previous way of having to initialize a fresh instance. The instances will just boot up within about 30 seconds.
(Thanks to Chris Aniszczyk for the find) AirBnB’s approach to cost efficiency is a six-part approach:
While not completely comprehensive this is a great post on the benefits in approaching your cost management in this way.
Three key takeaways here:
The follow up to part 1 (above), three changes you can make to help achieve better cost performance:
This talks about the hard task of assigning ownership to cloud assets. This is something that we all continue to struggle with to some degree.
Yet another “why tagging is important” story.
Creating some lifecycle rules to help manage orphaned multiparts is pretty straight forward and this post goes into some good detail on it.
The author makes the case of using APM to help not only monitor and make your cloud workload more efficient.
An awesome collection of serverless workload patterns. Pay for what you use!
There are some pretty cool use cases to getting pricing pulled in programmatically: think CICD pipelines that can estimate costs, or alerting mechanisms that notify you when certain prices go down.
A good overview of what EC2 is and how it’s priced - this would be a good post to share with finance or executives as a reference.
A great step-by-step guide for comparing what your spot costs would be next to on-demand.
Seems to be a popular topic recently (see above), but this one is authored by AWS. Not as much detail though.
A feature and cost-wise comparison of the three major cloud providers. Has some decent charts to reference.
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