Miguel Caballer (micafer) joins our team

Please help us extend a warm welcome to our newest team member Miguel Caballer!

The Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Libcloud has invited Miguel Caballer to join us as a committer and we are pleased to announce that he has accepted.

Miguel has been part of the Libcloud community for many years now and during his participation he made various contributions to the project, majority of them focusing on our OpenStack drivers.

For anyone who would like to know more about Miguel here is his short bio:

Miguel Caballer is part of the Grid and High Performance Computing group of UPV since 2001. He is the lead developer of the Infrastructure Manager (IM), a tool that deploys complex and customized virtual infrastructures on IaaS Cloud deployments. He has participated in different research projects about the application of Grid and Cloud computing techniques to several areas of engineering. Other fields of interest include green computing.

And in his own words:

When I start the development of the IM (in python) I found that Libcloud was the best option to connect with different cloud back-ends using a single library and using the same basic set of functions calls. It has improved a lot in the last years adding extra functionality for each connector that makes it a really good alternative to native libraries. My main contributions has been mainly related with the OpenStack driver, one of the most user cloud providers by the IM tool. I'm very proud to be an Apache Libcloud team member and I will continue with my contributions.

Latest up to date provider pricing.json data file is now available in an S3 bucket

Recently we added a new job to our CI / CD which runs daily and retrieves latest pricing data for various providers and publishes pricing.json file which can be used by Libcloud to a public read-only S3 bucket.

More information on where to download it and how to use this file can be found in our documentation.

Background, Context

In the past, we ran the script which updates pricing.json file which is bundled with each Libcloud release just before publishing a new release.

The problem is that the pricing data can change often, so updating it only once every couple of months as part of a Libcloud release is not sufficient.

To solve for that problem, we now update and publish pricing.json file which includes latest retrieved pricing data for various providers on a daily basis.

It's worth noting that we can't guarantee 100% accuracy of this data so you should only use this data as estimate and you should never rely solely on Libcloud pricing data.

Thanks

We would like to extend special thanks to Eis D. Zaster who has contributed new scraping scripts for multiple providers and also made various improvements and fixes to the existing scraping scripts.

In addition to that, we would like to thank Amazon Web Services which granted us free credits for their EC2 and S3 service which we plan to use for hosting this pricing file, end to end tests and more.