Cyclops 3.0 release with rule engine

Our flagship open-source framework for cloud billing – Cyclops has matured to version 3.0 today. Over the past several months, Cyclops team at SPLab has gathered community feedback, updated the architecture, changed the database backends and improved the reliability of the framework.

Cyclops 3.0 release includes:

  • New pricing and billing rule engine
  • PostgreSQL/TimescaleDB database backend
  • HTTPS support and message acknowledgments
  • More robust and failure resilient microservices

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Cloud-Native Microservices Reference Architecture

How are cloud-native applications engineered? In contrast to the increasing popularity of the topic, there are surprisingly few reference applications available. In the previous blogpost we described a first version of a prototypical document management application consisting of composed containers which is called ARKIS Microservices. We elaborated on the challenges involved when designing and developing a cloud-native application. In addition, we showed some details about the architecture and functionalities of version 2.5 of this generic reference application .

In this blogpost, we now dive deeper into the architecture of the latest version 3.3, paying attention to each component. The document management software is a cloud-native application based on a microservices architecture. The software permits multiple tenants to manage their documents (create, read, update, delete and search patterns in documents). It manages the different tenants and offers different isolation models to store the documents of a tenant. Furthermore, the services are discoverable through declarative service descriptions, and their use is billed according to a pay-per-use scheme.

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Cyclops 2.0 is here!

Our flagship open-source framework for cloud billing – Cyclops has matured to version 2.0 today. Over the past several months, Cyclops team at ICCLab have gathered community feedbacks, worked systematically updating and re-updating the framework core architecture to make the whole work-flow of billing of cloud services clean and seamless.

The core components in principle are still same as in our previous releases: udr, rc and billing micro-services, but they have been written again from scratch with main focus on modularity, extensibility, and elasticity. The framework is highly configurable and can be deployed as per the unique needs of billing use-cases of any organization.

RCB Cyclops architecture 2.0

RCB Cyclops architecture 2.0

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InfluxDB design guidelines to avoid performance issues

Cyclops, ICCLab’s Rating-Charging-Billing solution for Cloud providers, capable of collecting usage records from both OpenStack and CloudStack, has been working with time series data from the very beginning. Our choice for database technology that is highly optimised to handle such data was InfluxDB written in GO.

Time series data is generally a sequence of data points – in our case either Usage Data Records or Charge Data Records. These datasets often have hundreds of millions of rows, including timestamps and large quantities of immutable fields. Entries do not typically change after they are added to the database, where new entries are being appended rather than operated on. Continue reading

OpenStack Nova Events are now Billable with Cyclops

Nova manages all compute resources in OpenStack. Today, the Cyclops team is announcing support for compute events such as VM Creation, Deletion, and Modification for billing purposes in Cyclops. All this by directly tapping into the OpenStack message bus for processing critical events in real-time. Continue reading

Open source cloud billing engine Cyclops @ OpenStack CEE Day 2016

The Cyclops team at SE research group in InIT is pleased to announce their upcoming talk at OpenStack CEE Day 2016. Cyclops is undergoing development at breakneck speed and many improvements have been incorporated in the framework in last 6 months. Interested? Then hear us out in Budapest on June 06, 2016. Continue reading

Predicting cloud usage costs with Cyclops

As part of our weekly Cyclops release, RCB team releases a significant feature this week – we announce the Prediction Microservice integration in Cyclops. With this integration, Cyclops will provide simple forecasting of usage and will predict future values. The service could be used as for customers to predict their own cost and as to cloud provider to predict revenues.  Continue reading

Open source Billing support for CloudStack with Cyclops

Last week the ICCLab’s RCB Initiative released a new Cyclops code base with added support for CloudStack platform. Until last week’s release Cyclops came with native support for OpenStack only. Now Cyclops’ Dashboard can properly associate CloudStack user account details and the Cyclops UDR micro-service can pull CloudStack meters list and associated usage data for further processing by the framework.  Lets take a quick look of this new feature in this demo.

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