By Ganna Shargorodska
In Cloud Consulting, we are in constant contact with Cloud users, and information is exchanged both ways. We are always trying to provide clear, complete and up-to-date data about EPAM Cloud, both via our documentation and in direct communication with our users. At the same time, we learn a lot from the EPAM Community, as well - many Cloud services, features and improvements have evolved from the feedback received from the colleagues actually using the Cloud.
However, our users also help us see the other side of the coin - that in certain aspects our information resources have not been enough to form the correct perception of Cloud with our user community. And so, we will try to bust a couple of Cloud myths which seem to exist in EPAM Systems.
1 EPAM Cloud has no UI
EPAM Cloud has had a Graphic User Interface for several years. The UI is available both for desktop and mobile devices and includes the basic virtual machine management functionality of EPAM Cloud. The Cloud UI is available at https://cloud.epam.com where you have to provide your EPAM credentials. Or, if you are browsing the EPAM Cloud website, just click Sign In in the top right corner - et voilà! The Cloud UI allows basic VM actions, such as creation, start, stop, and termination, viewing the audit event log, monitoring the infrastructure, getting various reports - all in a graphic user-friendly way.
2 The command line interface is hard to understand and difficult to use
On the contrary, the CLI commands are quite self-explanatory. Each command has a long and short format, with long format saying exactly what the command does. If the command looks like "or2-create-image" or "or2-run-instances", it is easy to see what its purpose is. For each command, you can request help just by adding "--help" to the command name. The help explains the command action, shows the typical examples of its usage and lists all parameters which the command accepts, marking the mandatory and optional ones.
3 EPAM Cloud does not support SSD
Now EPAM Cloud offers SSD storage in three regions - EPAM-BY1, EPAM-BY2 and EPAM-RU2. Moreover, in EPAM-BY2 you can select whether you want your instance to have HDD or SSD storage, as the SSD indicator is included in the shape name.
4 EPAM Cloud is very expensive
If you compare EPAM Cloud prices to those of Amazon, this may be true for some small machines. However, for larger shapes, prices in EPAM Cloud are significantly lower. For example, an XL Windows machine in EPAM-BY2 working 40 hours per week costs $37.05 per month, while a similar c3.xlarge Windows machine in AWS Europe Central (Frankfurt) costs $72.93 with the same usage pattern. And, speaking about costs - a the rule of thumb is to switch off whatever is not needed right now
5 EPAM Cloud should be free for internal users
Well... it would be nice, but EPAM Cloud was initially built on the definition of cloud computing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology which defined cloud computing as a "measured service", explaining that cloud metering is usually done on the pay-per-use basis. So, cloud billing is not only the cost of virtual resources but also a means of measurement and control. Also, think of it from a different perspective - when a service is billable, it will be used in the most optimal way, both for the provider and for the user.
Where can you get the most current information about EPAM Cloud?
The EPAM Cloud website is the storage of all Cloud-related information. Particularly, take a closer look at the following sections: