The Cloud Ctrl auditing feature was specifically inbuilt to meet the needs of our government customers. By establishing a connection between Cloud Ctrl and Azure Resource Manager, you unlock additional features within Cloud Ctrl such as Auditing. There are a number audit features including the ability for users to correlate changes with the graphs and charts on the UI interactively. You can pinpoint exactly what event caused a change in cost (up or down), and who made changes as an example.
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As more applications and workloads move into various clouds, cloud silos will become inevitable, inhibiting the organization’s ability to fully exploit data analytics and AI initiatives, according to Dell EMC’s chand. “This may also result in applications and data landing in the wrong cloud leading to poor outcomes,” he declared. ” as a new opportunity, customers will have to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to bring automation and insight to a new level from this next generation IT environment.” read more
The majority of businesses are opting to use multiple cloud services, with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud being the main 3 and as such we are seeing an increasing need to compare public cloud provider costs. In recent article Eric Blum, vice-president and chief technology officer of BMC, said “multi-cloud enables better cost optimisation because one cloud provider could have a lower price, compared to rivals, for one application but a higher one for another. From our survey, results revealed that 53% of UK respondents said they did not know how much their organisation were spending on cloud services, compared to 40% globally. The majority of global (80%) and UK (85%) respondents said they need new tools for cloud management. Additionally, 78% of global IT leaders are considering using AI as a solution for this, while the UK was 64%.”
Cloud Ctrl is a new solution at the forefront of cloud billing management and is the only truly “predictive” virtual resource optimization and cost management solution available. Our platform utilizes advanced data analytics and an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that tracks historical usage and trends for all types of virtual services. With this usage and trend data, the AI algorithms can accurately predict future costs for virtual services and help administrators optimize the deployment and usage of cloud services across any supported cloud provider. Our blueprint technology enabled through our Price Explorer feature allows you to easily compare providers.
Cloud Ctrl and EC2 Recommendations
Cloud Ctrl now has the ability to assist organisations with optimising AWS EC2 instances, no more overspending on EC2. This feature identifies every EC2 instance operational within an organisations environment and provides recommendations on the best plan to place the service onto, with the potential savings being significant.
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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.
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.
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.