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Feb 18, 2021   |  By Zev Schonberg
While buying AWS Savings Plans and reserved instances can potentially reduce EC2 costs by up to 70%, the 1- or 3-year commitment required to achieve these savings can sometimes end up wasting more money than if you had stayed with on-demand pricing. In this article we will explore why AWS commitments can be tricky and how buying shorter-terms RIs on the Amazon Reserved Instance Marketplace can be done successfully.
Feb 17, 2021   |  By Zev Schonberg
As Spot by NetApp’s Cloud Analyzer usage grows, customer feedback is continuously being incorporated and added as new features and functionality. Recently, we have been adding to Cloud Analyzer’s spend analysis features, enabling more filters and options for conducting focused drill-down into spend data.
Feb 1, 2021   |  By Elana Krasner
Big data applications require distributed systems to process, store and analyze the massive amounts of information that companies are collecting. Apache Spark has become a go-to framework for this, powering use cases from AI and machine learning to data analysis, by providing a unified interface for distributing data processing tasks across a cluster of machines. Spark requires other services to manage the cluster, with YARN and Mesos as two well-known cluster management tools.
Jan 26, 2021   |  By Zev Schonberg
Although it is no surprise that Gartner is forecasting that overall public cloud consumption will grow by 18%, hitting $304.9 billion in 2021, Gartner’s research also indicates that the vast majority of organizations overshoot their cloud infrastructure budgets due to a lack of cost optimization approaches.
Jan 25, 2021   |  By Zev Schonberg
Even though January 1 has passed, it’s not too late to commit to a New Year’s resolution. “Right–sizing” might sound like the latest fad diet that promises easy weight loss results. But you didn’t come to this particular blog because (like me) your pandemic diet sometimes consisted of nothing more than take-out and never-ending snacks.
Jan 19, 2021   |  By Zev Schonberg
Spot by NetApp’s Ocean continuously optimizes Kubernetes clusters with a wide feature-set tackling different aspects of running and managing Kubernetes containers in a cloud environment. One such aspect are the container resource requests defined in the cluster (upon which Ocean intelligently bin-packs pods on the underlying cloud VMs). Incorrect assumptions regarding the CPU and Memory required for an application, can incur unnecessary and costly cloud infrastructure waste.
Jan 11, 2021   |  By Jon Bock
Should you run big data workloads on Kubernetes? Not so long ago, most people would have said certainly not. Among the reasons you might have heard: Although early adoption of Kubernetes was dominated by stateless services rather than data-centric applications, more and more teams responsible for big data platforms are now looking to adopt Kubernetes, especially those looking to deploy and operate big data workloads in the cloud.
Jan 4, 2021   |  By Elana Krasner
Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) processes are becoming the standard for many organizations operating in the cloud—including many Spot by NetApp customers—with Jenkins as a core tool for building, testing and deploying code through CI/CD pipelines. Spot has had an integration with Jenkins since our early days, allowing our users to configure Elastigroups managed by Jenkins and deploy jobs running on spot instances.
Dec 18, 2020   |  By Elana Krasner
AWS’s annual re:Invent wrapped up this week, and although we didn’t get to see customers, colleagues and, friends in Las Vegas this year, it was still an eventful three weeks. Spot by NetApp sponsored the virtual conference and hosted a number of activities including our AWS JAM session on Kubernetes and infrastructure scaling, an expert session on cloud compute optimization, and an interview with Spot by NetApp’s CEO and founder, Amiram Shachar.
Dec 4, 2020   |  By Zev Schonberg
As in years past, re:Invent is where AWS announces many new features, services and enhancements. This year is no exception and here at Spot by NetApp we are proud of our product and engineering groups for delivering immediate and full support in relevant areas such as the new GP3 EBS volume and new EC2 instance types – D3, D3en, R5b and M5zn.
Feb 22, 2021   |  By Spot
Moving to Kubernetes gives applications the ability to scale, but it also introduces challenges to managing and operating cloud infrastructure. When giffgaff, a virtual mobile network, migrated to EKS, they needed to figure out how they would automatically scale their EC2 instances and how they would do so cost-efficiently. In this session, you’ll hear how giffgaff worked with Spot by NetApp to implement container-driven autoscaling for provisioning compute capacity and leverage spot instances to save big on their cloud bill.
Jan 19, 2021   |  By Spot
With cloud adoption growing, Savings Plans and Reserves Instances are a great way to reduce your cloud computing costs. With Eco by spot, you will be able to analyze your current consumption, predict your future consumption and create a customized and well balanced RI portfolio.
Jul 28, 2020   |  By Spot
NetApp and Spot joined forces to bring together storage and compute infrastructure optimization in the cloud.

Give your workloads the cloud infrastructure they deserve–always available, always scalable and always at the lowest possible cost.

Our software works with leading cloud platforms, services, and tools so that you can simplify and automate your cloud infrastructure wherever your workloads and applications run and however you run them.

One Spot Enabling CloudOps:

  • End-to-End Visibility: Gives you insights to understand cloud costs and usage, from infrastructure to workloads and applications.
  • Actionable Guidance: Shows you where and how you can increase efficiency and reduce costs in your cloud infrastructure for maximum benefit.
  • Real-Time Optimization: Uses proven, advanced analytics and machine learning to automatically and continuously optimize your cloud infrastructure.

Ensure performance, reduce complexity and optimize costs across your applications and services in the cloud.