Script Automation

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    Chris Riley

    Andrea,

    Thank you for your post.  Actually the primary reason for suspend is the cost of running environments.  In order for us to offer environments at the flat monthly fee we do, we can't allow them to keep running.  An environment which runs for a full monthly would exceed our base pricing in operations costs and opportunity hardware costs.  The reason we offer the AlwaysOn feature is for individuals who need their virtual machines to run constantly, but still for development and testing purposes. And today this is the only option. What we will offer in the future is scheduling that will allow you to schedule resume time for your VMs.  This may be a solution for you.

    The point you raise about scripts is very interesting.  I will discuss this with the team.  We have some ideas around how to handle these situations, but have not formalized an answer.  For this reason, I will mark this request as planned because I think we will have a solution other then always running VMs to handle unmanned running scripts.

    Chris

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    andrea antonello

    Hi Chris,

    thank you for your response.

    I wasn't aware that the primary cost is the running machine, my bad. With that knowledge my proposal makes no sense :)

    But it is great to hear that you will be thinking about unmanned running scripts. That would be awesome!

    Thanks,

    Andrea

     

     

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    Chris Riley

    Andrea,

    No problem!  The idea we are thinking about is called "My Automation".  it would allow you to upload applications, scripts etc. to CloudFolders and have you run them against existing or new virtual machines in an environment, unmanned.  How does that sound?  I will probably rename this request to "Scripting automation" to get votes.

    Chris

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    andrea antonello

    That would do the trick for most of my wishes.

    Just out of curiosity, what would change against having a running machine? I guess that is all in the magic of virtualization itself :) which I am not really aknowledged with.

    Renaming the request is a good point.

    Andrea

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    Chris Riley

    Andrea,

    The difference would be that we could suspend upon inactivity and when the automation completes.

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