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GigaOm Radar: Spot Leads the Way in FinOps Tools

FinOps, or cloud financial operations, is a method that helps organizations bring financial accountability to their cloud’s operational expenses. To see success, the cross-functional teams leading FinOps efforts — including finance, IT, and business professionals — need the right tools to manage and optimize their cloud costs.

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Protect your cloud with Spot Security

Spot by NetApp is excited to announce that Spot Security is now generally available. Delivering continuous, automated security, Spot Security analyzes, detects, and prioritizes threats to surface the most critical risks and anomalies, while providing prioritized recommendations, guided remediation, and compliance.

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A birds-eye view with the new dashboard

The Spot family has grown rapidly. Elastigroup, Ocean, and Eco have been joined by Spot PC providing Virtual Desktops, Ocean for Apache Spark, Spot Storage, and Security. Each of these solutions have individual space inside the Spot Console. Today we are excited to unveil a centralized dashboard that provides a full overview of your Spot organization. The new overview dashboard appears as the top option in the side navigation menu accessible to authenticated users.

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A new look for Delight, the free, cross-platform monitoring UI for Spark

Delight is a free, cross-platform monitoring UI for Apache Spark featuring: You can install it on top of any existing Spark infrastructure – EMR, Databricks, Spark-on-Kubernetes open-source, Cloudera/Hortonworks, … – by attaching an open-source agent to your Spark applications. Delight consists of an open-source agent attached to your Spark job, and a hosted backend accessible at delight.datamechanics.co

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Enhance Kubernetes data plane monitoring by scraping Ocean metrics via Prometheus

Spot Ocean functions as an autopilot for the Kubernetes data-plane, as it delivers container-driven autoscaling to continuously monitor and optimize your cloud infrastructure for the cluster. Positioned at a busy crossroads in your application deployment pipeline, Ocean generates and maintains data in several manners/formats – data which is valuable when monitoring the containerized environment.

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Automatically enroll your AWS accounts with the Onboarding Stackset

Spot’s onboarding process is simple: once you have a new AWS account, you are only a few clicks away from creating a Spot account and associating the two together. But for bigger organizations that are provisioning AWS accounts regularly, this repetitive process becomes a bit laborious. There’s also another quibble with manual onboarding: suppose you want to grant Spot new permissions for a new product you’d like to use in all of your AWS accounts.

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How to run Spark on Kubernetes reliably on spot instances

The utilization of spot instances can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to drastically reduce the compute costs of your Spark infrastructure when you run in the cloud. In this article, we will discuss two techniques specific to Spark on Kubernetes, Enhanced Spot Instance Selection and Executor Decommissioning, that can both remove some pitfalls of spot instances and increase the reliability of your compute – resulting in faster, cheaper applications.

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Spot PC: Azure AD direct join for the win!

Virtual desktops solutions – including Spot PC, Windows 365 , Azure Virtual Desktop – rely on directory services to authenticate users and provide access to assigned resources. For many years, traditional Active Directory instances have provided these services. With modern cloud based virtual desktops this configuration has created complexity and challenges, most related to the fact that Active Directory originated on-premise and contained many configuration options over the years.

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How the Eco Value Report gives your time back

You’re a Cloud Strategist and your time is in demand. Your whole team is occupied meeting timelines and addressing concerns related to your business, which is why it made sense to sign up for Spot by Netapp’s Eco product in the first place. Eco’s ability to provide dedicated, cloud savings without taking your valuable time is just what the doctor ordered. In fact, Eco does such a good job, often the only time you think about it is when it is time to pay the bill.

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Spot PC is like your regular coffee order, same price each time

$3.68. That’s how much it costs for my 12oz double latte at our local coffee shop. Something is comforting about knowing exactly what the price will be. Whether I go in on a Monday morning to kick off the week with some caffeine or stop by on the weekend as an indulgence while running errands, my order is always $3.68. I know I can get my latte and leave a tip with a $5 bill, no fussing with swiping a card or dealing with change.