Exploring Your Virtual Instance: Lifecycle, Utilization and Governance

September 17 2015 | by Yoav Mor

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Most businesses have migrated at least some or in some cases, even all of their IT infrastructure to a cloud platform like AWS, Microsoft Azure or others. However, while cloud services have the advantage of reducing costs and resources, there are drawbacks, such as not being able to physically maintain their systems. Nevertheless, transparent cloud providers can help businesses make informed decisions about their cloud operations. Transparency means that businesses should understand how their instances work within their cloud. Below are four considerations that will help you get a better grasp on reserved instances.

Instance Lifecycle

Each instance has a limited run time referred to as a lifecycle, which is the time interval that an instance operates. An instance lifecycle can help track usage as well as operational costs. With this information, it’s possible to maximize efficiency for the best quality of service from a cloud provider.
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Resource Utilization

Information about resource utilization is made available by cloud providers to customers. It gives metrics that are used to assess whether there is a need to scale up the number of instances in use, or scale down. These include CPU utilization metrics, which can aid in using instances more efficiently, and disk volumes that are attached to instances. Knowing how much available disk space there is compared to what is used by instances can support decisions to scale disk volumes up or down. As a separate paid feature, most cloud providers can also provide RAM utilization information, which can be used in scaling a cloud footprint up or down.
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Governance refers to the general metadata about an instance, such as its name, the provider it comes from, and its region of operation. Resource tags are customer-specific metadata that are assigned to each instance. These tags have keys that are specific to each customer’s policy to pinpoint the purpose of each instance for reliable cloud cost allocation. That way, customers can monitor what processing power is being used.


Instances make up all of the computing that exists in the cloud, so they can be purposed for a number of tasks, from data storage to processing. It can be a headache to manage hundreds of instances at a time. With a centralized system, such as Cloudyn, however, instances can be organized and grouped together for better user experience. This is useful when a cost spike is caused by a certain instance that needs to be shut down. Therefore, it is important to have oversight of what instances are operating.

Final Notes

It’s important to keep the considerations listed above in mind in order to efficiently utilize your cloud platform. Knowing how lifecycles, resource utilization, and governance functions are key factors in being on top of the cloud game by giving accountability to operations within a cloud platform.

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