AWS once again top the Gartner Leaders Magic Quadrant for IaaS, but how do you know it’s real cost?

This week Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, worldwide. For the 7th consecutive year AWS was placed in the Leaders quadrant… download report

For most it would be no surprise that AWS continue to remain the leaders. The report offers some excellent insights into some of the changing and consolidating market of cloud IaaS providers and one of the most relevant observations and cautions is the continued theme around Cloud Service Expense Management (CSEM). In 2016 Gartner highlighted the emergence of CSEM tools and stated in their August 2016 report that “if you are using IaaS without CSEM processes, you will almost certainly have unnecessary spending.” “Analysts recommend that “you examine the efficacy of dedicated CSEM tools immediately if your organization’s IaaS spending level exceeds 10% of the IT budget.”

As you read through the Magic Quadrant report for Cloud IaaS, the analysts provide 2 cautions in the use of AWS for IaaS (1) customers should be aware that while it’s easy to get started, optimal use — especially keeping up with new service innovations and best practices, and managing costs — may challenge even highly agile, expert IT organizations, including AWS partners and (2) Its granular pricing structure is complex; use of third-party cost management tools is highly recommended.

The report also looks at Key Market Aspects that Buyers should be Aware of when making their IaaS provider decisions

*Cloud IaaS is not a commodity. Providers vary significantly in their features, performance, cost and business terms.

*Customers increasingly use third-party management tools for governance, especially multicloud governance. The largest customers use third-party management tools to supplement the native management capabilities of the providers, and these tools are strongly recommended to all customers that intend to make substantive use of cloud IaaS. Management tools can be very helpful for governance functions, and may be designed for single-cloud or multicloud use.

*Customers do not always save money by using cloud IaaS

Time again we are introduced to customers who are struggling to understand the complexity of their consumption billing, being able to effectively manage their cloud billing, assess the true cost of moving to cloud and provide true governance to their cloud environments. Cloud Ctrl can provide you with a true billing, optimisation and governance platform to cost effectively manage your cloud investments. Cloud Ctrl can be setup in less than 4 minutes and our customers have identified savings from day one. You can trial Cloud Ctrl for free @cloudctrl.com.au or contact one of our distribution partners Insight or rhipe.

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SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed!

SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed! On Wednesday night Faith Rees attended the Anthill Smart100 unveiling of the Smart100 index for 2017. Held in Sydney as part of Vivid. What a fantastic showcase of innovative, Australian, highly commercial companies changing the world, one idea at a time. Congratulations to Stormseal who took out the number one spot. A HUGE congrats to our very own Cloud Ctrl who were ranked in the top 20 innovations for 2017.

SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed!

Cloud Ctrl walks away with 2 Merit Awards

Cloud Ctrl walk away with Two Merit Awards

Cloud Ctrl walked away with two Merit Awards at the Queensland State iAwards on Wednesday night for Startup of the Year and Business Service Markets categories. Our cofounders Faith Rees and Braden Voigt were honoured to be among the award recipients on the night.

Our Cofounders Braden Voigt and Faith Rees pictured above

Cloud Ctrl has been named in the Australian Anthill Smart 100.

You can do your bit to help us win reader’s choice by going to http://anthillonline.com/cloud-ctrl-smart-100-2017/ and sharing the love. So grateful.

The SMART 100 Index was created by leading business media channel Anthill Magazine in 2008 to identify and rank Australia’s 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia. 50 Maven judges have place SixPivot in this year’s top100 we will find out where we place at the awards night held in Sydney 13 June 2017.

The Readers’ Choice Index provides an opportunity for Anthill readers to vote on SMART 100 applications. Site visitors need only take one or more of the following actions to vote:

1. Share it: On Facebook or LinkedIn (3 points)
2. Tweet it: Top left of each page (2 points, for each tweet)
3. Trigger a Reaction: Facebook ‘Like’, etc. (1 point)

NOTE: The Readers’ Choice is different to our own internal judging. The SMART100 Index will be determined by our 50 anonymous maven judges and their collective wisdom.

Cloud Ctrl has scored a spot in the 2017 SMART 100

Cloud Ctrl has scored a spot in the 2017 SMART 100

Cloud Ctrl has scored a spot in the 2017 SMART 100

 

1. THE BEGINNING

This innovation initially came to life when…

…co-founders Faith and Braden were working for an ASX listed professional services company and each day the customers they were talking to were having issues reconciling their cloud consumption bills from AWS and Microsoft (Azure). Braden came up with an idea. Through skunk works they built the first version of the product. They both left their employer and started SixPivot, and they realised that their old employer had shelved the product so they asked to buy the IP. After a successful negotiation they continued the development of the product and soft launched Cloud Ctrl for general production in Dec 2015.

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Cloud Integration Training Courses

Further Details and Registration Here

Training conducted by our very own Bill Chesnut, Cloud Platform & API Evangelist

Course Description

This is a 1-day instructor-led course providing students with the knowledge and skills to use Azure API Management, Azure API Apps, Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps to build cloud based integration solutions.

Audience

This course is intended for developers who are responsible for developing cloud based integration solutions. Individuals who attend this course are expected to have the following prerequisite knowledge or experience:

§ At least one years of experience programming experience in a .Net language

§ Familiarity with integration concepts and Web / REST services

§ Familiarity with Visual Studio 2015.

§ Working knowledge of JSON and/or XML

Prior experience with of Microsoft Azure is not required, but is recommended.

Seamlessly transition your services to the cloud with SixPivot’s new cloud management platform, Cloud Ctrl

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Based in Brisbane, Australia, SixPivot is an award winning, international software development and strategic management startup helping businesses smoothly transition their services to the cloud. The company’s newest product, Cloud Ctrl, is a multi-cloud service management platform that enables organizations to monitor, manage, and analyze their cloud hosted services across a range of providers, in one secure location. With Cloud Ctrl, users have a software tool that acts as their own personal brokering service, dashboard, and management portal, allowing them to manage subscriptions and services in a faster, more efficient manner. Plus, the platform allows companies to monitor all their cloud resources, check usage trends and billing rates, set usage thresholds, and configure automatic alerts that help to ensure their cloud costs are under control.  Read Morehttps://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/bizspark_featured_startups/2017/03/08/8175/

SixPivot strikes regional cloud Ctrl deal with rhipe

SixPivot has signed a regional distribution agreement with rhipe, in a move designed to circulate its cloud management platform, Cloud Ctrl, across Asia Pacific.

Terms of the deal will see rhipe introduce Cloud Ctrl to customers both locally and regionally, while utilising its expanding cloud portfolio, which includes Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer.

Cloud Ctrl is a multi-cloud service management platform, providing customers with insights in a bid to enable greater financial control for cloud subscriptions.

“We wanted to expand on our existing SixPivot relationship with rhipe and we have chosen to partner closely with them across APAC,” SixPivot CEO and Co-Founder, Faith Rees, said.

“Rhipe has a strong focus on enabling and supporting partners who are focused on delivering and managing cloud solutions for their customers.   Read More