But what he basically wants is an autoscaler
What does a system administrator long for most? Odds are high he dreams of having a fully automated infrastructure with elastic capabilities. An infrastructure where he’ ll never run out of resources. Where everything can be run on HA environments and he never loses a visit. An infrastructure where he is able to keep the user experience on the highest levels possible. And, of course, all this should come without any additional workload while costs are kept as low as possible.
The Cloud was going to be the solution for this. It would turn the sysadmin´s deepest wish into reality. If a system administrator needed more power, he just had to ask for it or, better yet, click on a button. No need to neither purchase nor wait for hardware, installations, migrations, etc. He gets the power he needs when he wants it. And the flexibility from Cloud makes it possible to maintain costs as low as he wants, growing and decreasing the power he needs on demand.
But, as with all fairytales, a wish too often remains a wish.
Every systems administrator knows how hard it is to design, implement, maintain and control such an“organic” infrastructure . Not having common standards and procedures across Cloud providers makes it even more difficult if you want to work in a Multi-Cloud environment.
Having an automated infrastructure with elastic capabilities entails 4 key features:
♦and the scaling logic.
You cannot set up a scalable environment without these 4 elements. But some Cloud providers, no need to name and shame, do not even offer these 4 basic processes needed for establishing an automatic scaling in the Cloud.
So what can a sysadmin do?
He can either look for separate alternatives and spend his time making it all work simultaneously or he can call in the help of a real Cloud management platform. A CMP that provides autodeployment, enables loadbalancing and monitors the platform while setting a customizable scaling logic. ECmanaged is the missing link for such a process. It evens allows sysadmins to set up an autoscaler in a multi-Cloud environment. That way the upscaling can be carried out on the cheapest provider, thus providing a powerful cost control tool.
In order to scale, one needs to deploy Cloud servers or droplets. It is simple mathematics. Contrary to common belief, most big cloud players do not offer autodeployment solutions. Resulting in lengthy, repetitive command lines for sysadmins. ECmanaged enables an automatic deployment of Cloud servers based on templates, images or even customized deployments. And it’s processes are vendor agnostic, making sysadmins independent from any provider restrictions.
The second element needed to run an automated scaling is a load balancer. Some Cloud providers offer such balancers but using them can be very puzzling. With the ECmanaged you deploy a fast and functional load balancer in 2 clicks. In addition, you can use it across any provider. Activate, configure and control it easily using the ECmanaged dashboard.
A systems administrator needs information in order to carry out his job. With ECmanaged, monitors can be configured accurately, and be customized in detail so sysadmins get a clear picture of their complete infrastructure. Cloud servers can be monitored individually or in a stack. In addition, an autosolver is configured and triggered by these monitors. As a result, human or usual errors can be avoided and automatically resolved by, for example, a script.
Autoscaling logic and decisions
The success of systems management depends mainly on intelligence. ECmanaged gives sysadmins the tools to decide how, when and what to scale and bases these decisions on a variety of key indicators, monitor checks or scheduled tasks. System administrators can off course carry out a manual management in case they prefer the old ways.
Autoscaling was never easier
Setting up an autoscaling process with ECmanaged involves 3 steps; decide how to deploy the server, configure the load balancer and define the logic to be applied. It is as simple as tic-tac-toe. Sysadmins will have their organic infrastructure up and running almost instantaneously. And they are in control of their Cloud expenditure.
Sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it?