CluedIn PaaS

Operating cost reduction

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CluedIn runs on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which uses node pools as the underlying resources. As part of the deployment, many Azure resources will be created in your environment, each with its own costs associated with it.

The purpose of this guide is to explain what you can do to reduce the cost of CluedIn in your environment whilst maintaining a supported setup.

Shut down environments in times of low or no usage

CluedIn is a product that is intended to run as part of your MDM pipeline. As a business, this may be during certain hours of the day (e.g. 0900-1700), which means that outside of these hours, the environments will be running and not being used.

One easy way to reduce cost is to shut down your AKS during these hours and start the environment back up when it’s needed. We only recommend these for your dev and test environments, and not production.

The CluedIn team can help set this up in your environment by deploying an Automation Account along with a runbook and setting the schedule at your desired times of inoperation.

Reserve Azure instances

Azure, like many cloud services, offers the ability to reserve virtual machines and other Azure resources upfront by committing to a year or more. This is one of the ways to save up to 72% on the virtual machine resources and is something we recommend when you’re serious about CluedIn.

For more information, see Microsoft documentation.

Run a local environment

CluedIn is container-based and therefore can run on almost any kind of setup that can run containers. We support local installation, which eliminates the need for a full cluster setup for development purposes. It still requires quite a powerful machine but there are no running costs as a result.

This is only recommended for experienced IT professionals due to the complexity of setting up a local running instance.

For more information, refer to the local installation documentation or reach out to CluedIn support who will be happy to answer any questions.