You will not be able to complete the setup process without some simple yet required preparation work.
See the Getting Started guide for the complete details.
The system consists of two main modules:
To learn more about the client experience with Yarkon, please use the demo application – it is using the infrastructure of the Cloud Edition and is functionally identical to it.
The Cloud Edition of Yarkon is available to subscribers in two licensing models, the Contract model, usually referred to as Entitlement, and the Consumption model, usually referred to as Pay as You Go or Hourly.
In either model, the charges are being calculated by AWS and added directly to your AWS bill, then disbursed to Yarkon through AWS. Yarkon does not charge any fee other than what is specified here; there are no AMI or hosting fees to be paid to AWS.
Yarkon is using your S3 account. You will incur the standard AWS S3 fees, depending on your specific usage and network/API utilization. AWS publishes its S3 fees here: Amazon S3 Pricing.
Yarkon pricing, in either plan, is based on the number of Active users. Same as with subscription based AWS services, an Active user is a user that is in a status active – which means a user that can login into the system and use it. Whether the user actually logged in to the system is not something that is tracked or factored into the actual cost.
If you have users that you do not expect to be using the system for an extended duration of time, make sure to use the Yarkon Admin Console to put these users into status disabled, so they are not charged in the Pay as you go (hourly) plan, or can be replaced with other users in the Entitlement (contract) plan. You can always restore these users to status Active if needed later.
In the “Entitlement” option, subscribers are entitled to use up to a set number of Active users. An Active user is a Yarkon user with status Active. A user with administrator permissions may use the Yarkon Admin Console to update a user’s status at any time. The maximum number of active users the subscriber is entitled to have is defined when you sign up for the service from the AWS MarketPlace. You may use the AWS MarketPlace to update your subscription limit at any time. AWS will prorate the cost automatically.
The cost for each active user, per month, is $5 (five US dollars).
For instance, if you are entitled to 10 active users, your total monthly cost will be $50, even if you only had 9 active users during the month.
Use this method if the total number of users is known in advance or does not change often, and you wish to ensure your total expense is known and capped.
In the “Pay as You Go” option, subscribers only pay for the units of the product consumed. The Cloud Edition of Yarkon usage is metered by the number of Active users per hour. An Active user is a Yarkon user with status Active. A user with administrator permissions may use the Yarkon Admin Console to update a user’s status at any time.
The cost for each active user, per hour, is $0.01 (one US cent).
For instance, if you had 2 users active during a 30 day month, and 1 user active only for 15 days during that month, your total charge would be 2 × 30 × 24 x 0.01 + 1 × 15 × 24 x 0.01 = $18.
Use this method if the total number of users is often changing, or you prefer to avoid a monthly commitment.
We are always sad to see you go, but we understand that sometimes the product is not a good fit or does not work for everyone.
If you are on the Contract plan – according to the AWS MarketPlace procedures, once the contract is terminated, we will receive an automated message and will terminate your Yarkon account. AWS is handling the charges and will stop any monthly or other deduction from your account.
If you are on the Hourly plan – make sure to go to the AWS MarketPlace and unsubscribe. Once you do that, AWS will notify us and we will terminate your Yarkon account. AWS is handling the charges and will stop any monthly or other deduction from your account.
We will do our best to scan for abandoned accounts (meaning, subscribed accounts without any user activity) and notify you so you could cancel your subscription and avoid any unnecessary payments.
We offer a 14 day free trial of Yarkon Cloud Edition, when subscribing through the Hourly model. You can set it up and add up to 100 user accounts, for the first 14 days, free of any charge.
We also have a Demo Application set up so you can take the application for a test drive with minimal up-front effort.
If you do not want to keep using Yarkon after the free trial period has ended, make sure to unsubscribe from the service using the AWS MarketPlace. This will ensure that any payment is automatically stopped by AWS and you do not incur any unwanted charges.
Please understand that there is no other way for us to know that you do not wish to keep using Yarkon with the Hourly plan. Alternatively, you can choose the Contract option, and sign-up a single user for one month. It will cost you $1, but will not require any additional action should you decide to discontinue the service after that month.
To get started with the Cloud Edition of Yarkon, follow the detailed Getting Started guide available. It will lead you through the process of setting up the basic IAM security using the Shared Security Model (see below for more details), subscribing to the service using the AWS MarketPlace, and adding end users to the system.
The Security Model controls user access to the S3 buckets. Yarkon supports different Security Models. In case you want to use the Integrated Security Model, you need to have your organization set up in IAM. An example of such an organization is provided here: Setting up the users in AWS and granting them permissions to access buckets using Groups and Policies.
Follow these guides to set up Yarkon based on your preferred Security Model: