All posts by Alex Scialom

Control resources and costs with Instance Scheduler


In infrastructure-centric organizations, the IT operations team centrally manages infrastructure needs to efficiently utilize resources and streamline costs. To that end, IT defines policies and plans resources based on expected workload, budget, and general business requirements. Developers depend on IT for new machines to deploy applications and services, and again to dispose of or recycle them after use. From a developer’s point of view, this dependency slows down their development cycle.

But what happens when IT is delivered and consumed as a service, and when developers can deploy their applications on the organization’s infrastructure at will, at the click of a button? Read More

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Announcing Cloud Reports – A Simple and Easy Way to Track and Optimize Your Cloud Spend

Today, ElasticBox announces the launch of Cloud Reports to help companies manage and control their cloud footprint and resulting costs across cloud service providers. This new offering provides IT managers with comprehensive tools they need to understand, track and optimize spend and usage across all their cloud resources on AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Read More

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Introducing the Next Version of the Admin Console

Over the past few months, we have added  great features such as Expanded Collaboration and Lifecycle Editor to make it easier than ever for Developers and Operations to work together in small teams, on large projects, and across large organizations. As ElasticBox is empowering bigger and bigger teams at larger and larger companies to freely deploy their business critical applications and consume infrastructure, IT teams increasingly want to gain visibility, control, and insights on how ElasticBox is being used within their organization.  Read More

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Configure Virtual Machines Faster with ElasticBox Admin Boxes

Have you ever asked a colleague for a favor, like provisioning or configuring a virtual machine, only to get the response: “Have you submitted a ticket for that?” It is no secret that in the world of development and IT operations, the traditional protocol for getting things done is through submitting tickets.

In many cases, especially at large enterprises, developers often wait weeks or months even, for the IT department to provision and configure virtual machines or instances. ElasticBox has a goal of making that experience disappear forever! ElasticBox has developed a solution that can help enterprises reduce the amount of repetitive and manual processes involved in provisioning a virtual machine. Read More

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Making DevOps Culture a Reality

Bringing applications to life is an iterative and collaborative process, whether the application is developed by a single developer in the global community or a large team inside an organization.

It all starts with an idea. Perhaps a small change in an existing application or perhaps a completely new approach towards solving a problem. For most developers, deployment and operations are an obstacle, making it harder or even impossible to implement their ideas. For operations it is also a challenge, the faster the innovation the harder it is to provide a stable environment.

ElasticBox introduced its collaboration features to support this process. Our first iteration focused on open collaboration: it enabled anyone with direct access to a Box to make changes to it and made it easy for developers and operations to build Boxes together and make them available to others, directly or through workspaces.

This first iteration was great for a few people who work together but was difficult to scale. As more people get involved in a project, it becomes more important to control who can do what with Boxes and instances. That is why we are introducing more granular ways to share and define access levels for instances, Boxes, and providers.

Changes to Collaboration Capabilities

We are renaming “Collaboration” to “Sharing” and introducing a new access level. “Collaboration,” as we know it, will now be “Sharing with Edit Permissions.” In addition, we are introducing “Sharing View only.” This will let you share your assets with others without giving them the ability to make changes to those assets.

When you share a Box with Edit Permissions,

  • Recipients will have access to and the ability to edit all versions of the Box
  • Recipients will have access to and the ability to edit the current state of the Box

When you share a Box View only,

  • Recipients will have access to but not the ability to modify all versions of the Box
  • Recipients will not have access to the current state that you’re working on. This is a way to ensure distribution of stable, validated Boxes rather than unstable works in progress.

Sharing instances in View only mode enables some interesting use cases. For instance,  developers can have access to a database in order to bind to their applications for testing, but not make any changes to the database. Sharing instances in Edit mode, on the other hand, is great if you need somebody to help you debug the Box or instance. For more information, please check out the product documentation.

These new features should make it easier for you and your teams to work together in a more efficient way! Another step towards enabling developers and operations to work together and move towards a DevOps culture!

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