Spinning up cost effective clusters for training sessions¶
We have been running a number of internal and external (with partners/customers) enablement sessions over the last few weeks to provide "hands-on, labs based training" on some recently introduced capabilities in the Rafay Kubernetes Operations Platform.
Here's what we setup for those enablement sessions:
- Each attendee was provided with their own Kubernetes cluster
- We spun up ~25 "ephemeral" Kubernetes clusters on Digital Ocean (for life of the session)
- We needed the clusters to be provisioned in just a few minutes for the training exercise
- Each attendee had their own dedicated "Project" in the Rafay Org
A question that we frequently got asked after those enablement sessions was "I would love to run similar sessions with my extended team, how much did it cost to run those clusters?".
Our total spend for ~25 ephemeral clusters on Digital Ocean for these enablement sessions was less than $15. It was no wonder there has been so much interest in this.
We decided that it would help everyone if we shared the automation scripts and the methodology we have been using to provision Digital Ocean clusters and to import them to Rafay's platform here.