Resource Data Models
Resoto is able to collect data from different data sources that is maintained in a graph. It has a pluggable API to interface with different cloud providers.
The data model of the cloud providers is naturally defined by the cloud provider, so Resoto needs to deal with different data sources and different data models.
To make your life easier, Resoto introduces a model abstraction. Every resource collected by Resoto is described by a data model and checked for consistency during import time.
Every resource collected by Resoto has the kind
resource as a base.
Here we see properties that are common to every resource, no matter the resource or cloud provider:
id: identifier of this cloud specific resource.
This identifier does not need to be unique over all resources.
name: the cloud specific name of this resource.
kind: this property is synthesized by Resoto and defines the concrete kind of this resource.
Example: All collected AWS EC2 Volumes would be of kind
tags: most cloud providers offer the ability to define tags on resources.
Tags are simple key value pairs of type string that are held in a dictionary.
ctime: the point in time when the resource has been created.note
When the cloud provider does not provide this information, Resoto will set this property to the time, when it has discovered this resource the first time.
atime: the last collected point in time when the resource has been accessed.note
This time is not available on all resources for all cloud providers. Resoto tries to do its best to synthesize the last access time based on the resource type.
Example: AWS CloudWatch to detect last usage
mtime: the last collected point in time when the resource has been modified.note
This time is not available on all resources for all cloud providers. Resoto tries to do its best to synthesize the last modification time based on the resource type.
Resoto introduces a resource hierarchy. This hierarchy tries to do its best to abstract over the different data models from different cloud providers, delivering a consistent model to retrieve data from your different clouds.
Every concrete resource in Resoto has the
resource kind as root.
Resoto introduces abstract model classes for almost all different resources that are collected.
Let us make this very clear by showing a specific example: AWS EC2 Volume is modeled as
aws_ec2_volume. As you can see, the
aws_ec2_volume introduces four properties.
It inherits from the base kind
volume, which itself inherits all properties from base kind
The complete data that is collected and stored would look like the following:
You might have noticed, that not only
aws_ec2_instance is a subtype of
volume, but also
gcp_disk. A google cloud resource of type Disk is conceptually similar to an AWS EC2 Volume and shares quite some properties.
The model makes it easy to query conceptually common data and also to retrieve and reason about this data.
Supported Resource Types
Resoto has built-in support for resource types from the following cloud providers:
📄️ Amazon Web Services
Please refer to Configure Amazon Web Services Access for details on how to set up Resoto to collect Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources.
Please refer to Configure DigitalOcean Access for details on how to set up Resoto to collect DigitalOcean resources.
📄️ Google Cloud Platform
Please refer to Configure Google Cloud Platform Access for details on how to set up Resoto to collect Google Cloud Platform (GCP) resources.
Please refer to Configure Kubernetes Access for details on how to set up Resoto to collect Kuberenetes resources.
📄️ VMware vSphere
vSphere support is still in alpha. Please report any issues on GitHub!
If you want to see all available kinds in the system, you can use the
kind CLI command in
If you want to see the properties of a specific kind use
> kind aws_ec2_volume
- name: id
Complex and Simple Kinds
We have looked at complex kinds so far: a complex kind has a name and a set of properties.
Each property has a name and also a kind. The kind of such a property can be a complex or a simple kind.
There are several simple kinds that are available in Resoto out of the box:
|any of the above|
Since Resoto uses JSON in order to exchange data, all the different simple types have to be expressed as simple type.
Resoto also introduces some additional simple types like
date. The reason for this is the ability to coerce proper values from values given to Resoto.
Example: Let us assume a user want to query a resource by creation time. According to the model we would need to filter for the
ctime property. Since Resoto knows the type of
ctime (which is of kind datetime), it can do its best to interpret the value given by the user.
> search ctime < "2018-09-28"
ctime is of type datetime. datetime is stored in Resoto always as ISO formatted datetime string. To make this query effective, the term
"2018-09-28" is coerced into a valid datetime. Depending on the server time the value would be evaluated to something like:
> search ctime < "2021-09-28T22:00:00Z"
This also allows the usage of relative times, when the type of the property is known as datetime. If we want to query resources, that have been created in the last 3 days, we could express this with a relative datetime.
> search ctime > "-3d"
This translates the term
"-3d" using the current server time into a valid datetime. On my machine this translates into:
> search ctime > "2021-09-26T08:13:56Z"
The special type
any is only used in scenarios, when the type is really not known and could be anything. Coercing is not possible for such a type.