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[EP-tech] EPrints and cloud-native services

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Hi EPrints people,
Has anyone done any investigations / experiments / development of running parts of an EPrints stack in Azure (or other cloud provider) using cloud-native services?

I'm aware of:

  *   the work that has been done with ElasticSearch (https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgithub.com%2Feprintsug%2FEPrintsElasticsearch&data=05%7C01%7Ceprints-tech%40ecs.soton.ac.uk%7C375c7893dd764003d95508da3e709f30%7C4a5378f929f44d3ebe89669d03ada9d8%7C0%7C0%7C637890950665471972%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=f%2FJkqWHRE%2BIuqG6Eb9Up4ZFTlRbyCbIRGSNVQs7kkxw%3D&reserved=0 - nice work!),
  *   questions about WAF (web application firewall) - but I think this was being applied around a VM running in Azure

I haven't seen much about other aspects.
I'm thinking along these lines:

  *   scalable containers to run the public web interface
  *   scalable containers to run the 'user' interface (possibly just the same as above)
  *   scalable/on-demand resource to run scheduled jobs
  *   storage pools that trigger Function Apps to generate thumbnails (and tell Eprints that they have been made)
  *   access data logged in other storage format (removed from main database)

I'm trying to work out which approaches might work, and be cost effective.
I think the EPrints plugin architecture lends itself to using the cloud for certain tasks - such as thumbnails.

Any thoughts or insights welcome!


John Salter

White Rose Libraries Technical Officer
IT - Application Support (Research)
10.23B, IT Services Building
University of Leeds
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