I know, I know, it’s been out for a while now, but hey, better late than never.
As you might know, Scalr Community Edition is the free, open source, fully featured version of the Scalr Enterprise Cloud Management Platform.
It’s a snapshot of an earlier release of the Enterprise Edition, so any feature released in SEE eventually makes its way to SCE.
SCE 5.8 brings a new, beautiful UI, increased stability and a breadth of new features already covered on our Product Blog.
So what’s new with 5.8?
First of all, it looks way better.
The new UI makes it easier to navigate between scopes, and allows some much needed breathing room to a few previously crowded screens. Read this blog post to learn more about the benefits of the new UI.
SCE 5.8 also introduces many new features, enhancements and bug fixes. You can take a look at the official changelog for the full list, but here are a few highlights.
Descriptions and Categories for Global Variables
You can now sort your Global Variables into categories and assign descriptions to them. Up until now your Global Variables were displayed in one long list; with categories, it’s much easier to manage them. The inheritance model works just the same with categories as it does with the variables themselves: a category configured in a higher scope will be inherited and visible in all lower scopes (i.e. Account scope to Environment scope).
To learn more about descriptions and categories for Global Variables, please check out this blog post.
RDS and EBS enhancements, along with KMS support
A few major enhancements were added to our Amazon RDS and EBS support to help you encourage and enforce cloud best practices:
You can now associate RDS instances to Farms, which allows you to subject them to governance tagging policies
You can now use Amazon KMS keys to encrypt RDS instances and EBS volumes
To learn more about the storage support enhancements and KMS support, please check out this blog post.
New AWS EC2 instance types supported
Support for the t2 family of instances has been available on Scalr for the past year, but until now they were only available up to the t2.medium size, which offers 2 vCPUs and 4GB RAM. Amazon recently announced the new t2.large instance type, which offers double the amount of memory along with a higher baseline of CPU power.
You can now use the t2.large instance with any Farm Role.
To learn more about the newly supported instance types, please check out this blog post.
Team Ownership of Farms
Team Ownership makes collaboration easier by allowing users to assign Farms to any Team they're a member of. Using ACLs, it is then possible to grant access to other members of the Team in question.
Conceptually, this is similar to UNIX file permissions: depending on your relationship with a Farm (Owner, Team Member, or Other), you may be granted different permissions on the Farm. The only difference with UNIX is that permissions in Scalr depend on the ACLs associated with the user, not on an attribute of the Farm itself. In other words, unlike files in UNIX, Farms in Scalr don't have a "mode".
To learn more about team ownership of Farms, please check out this blog post.
This release includes many other great new features such as:
- Support for OpenStack availability zones
- Debian 8 support
- Support for RDS “Character Set Names”
- Updated Ubuntu 14.04 HVM images
Please review the official changelog for the complete list of new features and added support. If you’d like to keep track of the latest announcements and major updates, please follow our Product Blog.
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks for reading,