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Saving Cloud Costs Is Not Enough: Introducing SmartSizing™

Situating your IT business processes in the cloud offers flexibility, access to almost unlimited services and capacity when required. Development and growth of your business need to be planned to optimize performance against costs. Over/under server utilization can go undetected if not evaluated, leading to disproportionate costs that don’t reflect the real needs of your… Continue reading >

Learn about Cloud Optimization AWS re:Invent

Want to Learn about Cloud Optimization? Check out These 5 AWS re:Invent Breakout Sessions

We recently released an article about AWS’ amazing growth where we covered 33 different numbers that reflect its revenue growth from $5B in 2014 to an expected $7B in 2015. These numbers are not surprising seeing as we’ve been tracking AWS customer costs since 2013 and now analyze usage and cost metrics for thousands of… Continue reading >

Blended rates versus unblended rates

Blended Rates vs. Unblended Rates: Real Life Use Case

AWS currently offers two forms of billing for cloud services. The first is the standard where a customer has an AWS account that receives a monthly bill. The second is known as Consolidated Billing, which is meant for larger organizations that operate under multiple (linked) accounts. Consolidated Billing designates one account (out of all linked… Continue reading >

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Exploring Your Virtual Instance: Lifecycle, Utilization and Governance

Most businesses have migrated at least some or in some cases, even all of their IT infrastructure to a cloud platform like AWS, Microsoft Azure or others. However, while cloud services have the advantage of reducing costs and resources, there are drawbacks, such as not being able to physically maintain their systems. Nevertheless, transparent cloud… Continue reading >

Cloud IT Financial Management: Detecting and Mitigating Hidden Costs

Users’ cost expectations and reality, as reflected in the monthly bill. This mismatch can be caused by overlooked charges, by idle or wasted resources or by unplanned usage of resources. Let’s take the following examples: Two virtual instances running a database are set up in master/slave configuration. Wrong configuration parameters can lead to massive data… Continue reading >