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How to Deploy your Virtual Infrastructure at CloudSigma with Terraform

Well, it turns out that I am the one to have the honor of making the following announcement: you can now deploy stuff with CloudSigma using Terraform! Ain’t that awesome?! Allow me to say: yes, it is awesome.  One of the products of HashiCorp, Terraform, is a tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently. You can easily deploy your infrastructure …

Kubernetes

Getting to Know Kubernetes

Container Technology and Docker The idea of using containers for deployment in an application environment is not new. People have been using it for several years and with much success. With the help of containers, developers are able to isolate an application’s coding and configuration in an executable package. This prevents needless interference and hangups that would only slow down …

How to use vnStat and iftop

How to use vnStat and iftop to monitor data consumption within a VM

In the generation of cloud computing, virtual machines (VMs) have become very common, while the usage of physical machines has started to gradually decrease. In this post, we will introduce the tools, ‘vnStat’ and ‘iftop,’ which we can use to monitor data consumption in a VM. First, I am creating a machine with the following resources: 20 GHz CPU 16 …

Measuring VM Traffic on CloudSigma

How to measure the traffic on your VM with the CloudSigma API and RRDtool

Learn how to measure the traffic of your virtual machines in CloudSigma using the simple instructions below, to obtain, store and graph the traffic from our different network interfaces. To obtain the statistics of each interface we can make use of the CloudSigma API and a simple script that will store the data of each network interface. The database we …

Setting up a Big Cluster in 3 Easy Steps

Setting up a Big Data Cluster within Minutes in 3 Easy Steps

HDP is the industry’s a truly secure, enterprise-ready open source Apache™ Hadoop® distribution based on a centralized architecture (YARN). HDP addresses the complete needs of data-at-rest, powers real-time customer applications and delivers robust big data analytics that accelerate decision making and innovation. (Source: https://hortonworks.com/products/data-platforms/hdp/). I am going to install HDP to create a big cluster of 5 nodes deployed on …

CloudSigma Customer Support

CloudSigma How To Series: CloudSigma Customer Support

CloudSigma friendly customer support is one of the top reasons our customers choose CloudSigma. CloudSigma provides 24/7 support to all our clients free of charge. In this quick blog post we would like to highlight the different ways you can utilise our free support services. 1. Check out the live chat in the WebApp Live chat is by far our …

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OCCOPUS – a Powerful Interface for Orchestrating Infrastructure in the Cloud

CloudSigma is currently participating in a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project called COLA (Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application). You can read a general overview of the COLA project here, or visit the official project website here. CloudSigma’s primary contribution to the project is to manage the testbed and production of cloud infrastructure and to provide expertise into …

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Step-by-Step Guide to our Cloud Partner Program

CloudSigma recently launched its new Partner Program. If you are a managed service provider (MSP), a system integrator or an IT consultant looking to add lifetime revenue streams and help your customers migrate to the cloud successfully, then the Channel Partner Program of CloudSigma is what you have been looking for. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the platform …

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How to Avoid Billing Outages at CloudSigma

When starting to use any new platform there’s a lot to take in so we wanted to share some top tips on how to ensure the smooth running of your account and minimize hassle and potential disruption from funding and maintaining your account so you can concentrate on the important stuff. In this blog post, we talk you through some …

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How to Dynamically Update and Manage Reverse DNS/PTR Records for Your CloudSigma Infrastructure

It is now possible to dynamically manage your PTR records on CloudSigma’s DNS servers. This new functionality provides greater flexibility in setting up your applications in our cloud. We now accept dynamic updates of PTR records within our zones. This means that our dynamic DNS servers (DDNS) will accept updates directly from individual IP addresses from the networks used within …

Understanding CPU Steal Time in the Cloud

Are We Stealing from You? Understanding CPU Steal Time in the Cloud

Customers often ask about CPU steal time. Especially those that use the CPUs heavily and for whom it’s a key performance criteria. There are quite a few differences in the setup and behaviour of CPUs and cores between physical and virtual environments. Even between cloud providers there are setups differences that make like for like comparison on the face of …