It can be hard to keep track of the thousands of databases, caches, and other service instances across all your Pivotal Platform foundations.
Pivotal Service Instance Manager, now in beta, aims to make this task easier.
With this release of Service Instance Manager, we focused on two use cases: finding a specific instance (or set of instances), and cleaning up unused instances. Here’s a screenshot.
Pivotal Service Instance Manager can filter different types of service instances on a specific foundation.
Here’s how it works.
A Closer Look at Pivotal Service Instance Manager
As the name suggests, Pivotal Service Instance Manager gives you a view into all your service instances. The tool works with all supported Pivotal Application Service versions; it is immediately compatible with your deployment.
Here’s what you can expect from the product today:
Multi-foundation. Manage service instances across all your foundations.
Integrated with Pivotal Platform Permissions. Service Instance Manager uses UAA for permissions to account for your configured role-based access controls. As such, users see only the service instances they have permission to see. For added convenience, it works with your single sign-on authentication for every foundation.
Search. Filter service instances by name, ID, org, space, foundation, and bound apps.
Identify unused instances. Save on infrastructure costs by finding and deleting unused service instances. Detect candidates for cleanup by searching for service instances that lack app bindings or service keys.
Assess service adoption. Filter by service type to assist with showback and chargeback workflows. Perform finer grained filters to discover team-level service instance counts.
Now, let’s step through the two aforementioned scenarios finding a specific instance, and cleaning up unused instances.
Finding a Specific Service Instance, or Set of Service Instances
Developers that push code to Pivotal Platform have self-service access to backing services. While the developer can provision and attach instances, the platform team still gets called when a service instance misbehaves.
Now, how to find the problematic instance?
Previously, this workflow could seem like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Now, Pivotal Service Instance Manager helps you find it faster. Just search for it! Check out the animated GIF below!
After locating the troublesome service instance, the platform operator can quickly choose the tool that will allow them to troubleshoot further. Your chosen tool may depend on the type of service, its foundation, and the status of said instance. In any case, these useful details are immediately visible in Service Instance Manager!
Cleaning Up Unused Service Instances
Pivotal Platform makes it easy to create service instances. Service Instance Manager makes it easy to clean them up. You can:
Filter service instances by type and see quick assessment of resource consumption.
Further refine your search and filtering for services that are not connected to any apps. This helps you locate service instances that might be unused.
Once again, the animated GIF tells the story:
What’s more, the location of each service instance is displayed. This will help you track down the “owner” of the service instance, so you can double-check with the right person before deleting the unwanted service instances. We’re keen to hear your feedback on this scenario, so we can further improve your workflow.
Try Service Instance Manager Today!
Ready to add Service Instance Manager to your deployment?
- Download the bits from Pivotal Network. (You’ll need to login.)
Then review our docs. Work with your balanced account from there.
Got feedback for the product team? We’d love to hear from you! Reach out us at email@example.com.
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