EcoSystem – Frequently Asked Questions
You want to know more about the EcoSystem? Here are your most frequently asked questions with interesting facts about the EcoSystem functionalities.
I already have a running toolchain, why should I start using the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
The operation of tools with the Cloudogu EcoSystem is very efficient:
• The installation of tools is unified. Thanks to that you don't have to go through tool-specific installation tutorials. You can conveniently install additional tools within minutes.
• There are no hurdles when upgrading tools, because all new versions of Dogus have to pass rigorous integration tests. This ensures that your system will continue running after upgrades. That allows you to easily perform major upgrades and to keep your tools up to date with minimal effort. Upgrades for conventionally operated tools can be very time consuming, because breaking changes can require a manual migration.
• It provides the option of using an automated backup and restore mechanism for the whole system. This way you can increase the security of your data without any extra effort. When operating tools individually, it could be necessary to initially set up backup and restore or at least to manually integrate new tools into the mechanism.
• The tools you want to use will automatically be linked. Thanks to that you can automate processes along your whole development pipeline. When you build your own toolchain, you have to do that yourself, too.
You can utilize these advantages without extra effort, because the migration to the Cloudogu EcoSystem is very easy. Once you use it, the Cloudogu EcoSystem will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
I am currently using SaaS, why should I switch to the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
You are using SaaS because it allows you to not think about operations and upgrades. Using the Cloudogu EcoSystem gives you the same ease of mind. On top, it also provides more advantages. In contrast to SaaS, the Cloudogu EcoSystem allows you to customize all tools and processes according to your needs. Also, you have full control over your data, because you can easily install the Cloudogu EcoSystem on-premises. Especially SaaS providers with servers outside the European Union, the privacy of your data cannot always be guaranteed.
Are there limitations to using my instance of the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
The Community Edition of the Cloudogu EcoSystem allows you to operate one instance. Within this instance you can have up to 50 users. There are no limitations with regards to the number of repositories or projects. For more users or instances the Premium or Enterprise Edition is necessary. You also only have access to private and premium Dogus with the Premium and Enterprise Edition.
What do you mean with „Platform for my toolchain“?
The Cloudogu EcoSystem is a virtual machine that is used to operate all different kinds of tools. You can easily create your own toolchain by choosing tools from the available Dogus. Dependencies and connections between the tools you selected are detected and installed automatically.
If a tool you need is not yet available as a Dogu, it can be integrated. You can develop a Dogu yourself or hire us to do that.
What makes the Cloudogu EcoSystem a DevOps platform?
The easy operation of the Cloudogu EcoSystem enables DevOps teams to efficiently operate their own infrastructure. Also, the available tools offer a huge potential of automating processes through a flexible provisioning of the platform. This way, the Cloudogu EcoSystem creates the opportunity to truly live DevOps.
What advantages are offered for different types of users?
The numerous features of the Cloudogu EcoSystem support software developers, system administrators and project managers in their daily work. Read more about the advantages for you and your team on our page on different types of users.
What are the system requirements of the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
The system requirements depend on how you use the system. Each of our Dogus has unique properties and demand for resources. Also, the sheer number of Dogus is an indicator for the resource demand. We for example, are using about 10 Dogus with roughly 20 developers at 16GB ram and 4 cores. That is more than enough to have a sufficient performance.
How can I install the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
The easiest way is to use the .ovf-Image. The download link and a detailed tutorial for the installation are in the quickstart guide.
If needed, we can provide images for VMWare, Virtualbox, Qemu, Google Cloud or Azure.
Can I host the Cloudogu EcoSystem with IaaS-providers?
The Cloudogu EcoSystem is a virtual machine that can of course be operated at an IaaS provider. Its flexibility allows you to operate the platform exactly where you need it. If you need a specific VM-image, please let us know. We can provide images for VMWare, Virtualbox, Qemu, Google Cloud or Azure.
- Why is it necessary to register instances?
Which tools are available?
You can find a list with all available Dogus here.
Can I change my tool-selection?
Dogus can be installed and uninstalled at any time. When you install a Dogu, all dependencies with other Dogus are considered automatically.
How can I integrate more tools?
Tools are integrated as so-called Dogus in the Cloudogu EcoSystem. You can either develop a Dogu yourself and have it released through our backend or hire us to do develop and release it. If you want to use private or premium Dogus you have to get at least the Premium Edition.
Licenses & Contracts
What is the contract duration for the Premium and Enterprise edtion of the Cloudogu EcoSystem?
The minimal contract duration is 12 months. Unless you cancel the contract on time the contract will be extended automatically for another 12 months.
How can I get licenses for applications that require them?
If you need a license for one of the premium Dogus you can either get it from the provider or through us. We are partners of Atlassian and EasySoftware.
I already have a license for the applications that require an individual license. Can I continue using it?
Of course! You don't need a special license for using an application as a Dogu. You can use the same license you already have. If you need additional or new licenses, you can purchase them from the developers directly or through us.
How is the price for support for multiple instances calculated?
The given price for the support is per month for one instance. With every additional instance the price for support increases as well, however, the costs per instance are getting significantly lower with each additional instance, because the additional support effort also reduces. If you have mulitple instances, you have to get support for all of them.
Can I continue using instances after the contract expired?
Yes, once a contract expired, your instances no longer have access to the Dogu backend. That means that you can keep using the instances with all their Dogus, but you can no longer install new Dogus or get updates.
Can I upgrade my contract in terms of max. users or instances?
Yes, you can always upgrade the number of users or instances. A downgrade in possible at the end of the term.
Can I downgrade from the Enterprise Edition to the Premium Edition?
Yes, you can downgrade at the end of the term.