In the seven years that we have been running our own RightScale infrastructure in the cloud, our cloud costs have increased as business has grown. We saw that our customers were facing the same challenges as we were in attempting to get visibility into their rising cloud spend, especially when they had complex deployments that spanned public clouds, private clouds, and virtualized environments. So we created RightScale Cloud Analytics to help them visualize, forecast, and optimize costs across their portfolios of public and private clouds.
Getting a Handle on Your Cloud Costs
Cloud Analytics is generally available starting today, and we are offering a 60-day free trial that gives you visibility into cloud costs across your organization. With Cloud Analytics, you can:
- Manage costs for all the major public and private clouds that RightScale supports, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace, VMware vSphere, OpenStack, CloudStack, and more.
- Visualize cloud costs for each application to understand growth patterns.
- Determine cloud spend by business unit, department, and team.
- Identify overconsumption and opportunities for cost savings.
- Optimize costs by comparing costs for different instance sizes, reserved instances, and alternate clouds.
- Run scenarios to forecast your future cloud costs.
- Easily share your insights across your organization with automated reports.
Cloud Analytics is one of several products available in the RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management suite, which includes Self-Service, Cloud Analytics, and Cloud Management. Together they enable your enterprise to grant defined self-service access to cloud resources, easily control your cloud spend, and more efficiently manage both your cloud and virtualized infrastructure.
What Cloud Analytics Customers Are Saying
Since we first announced the private beta of Cloud Analytics in November 2013 and then followed with the public beta in March 2014, we’ve received phenomenal feedback from our customers.
Joe Emison, CTO of BuildFax and a frequent contributor to InformationWeek on cloud-related topics, tells us that he has tried many of the existing cloud analytics tools on the market and that RightScale Cloud Analytics is the most useful when it comes to cloud cost management. In particular, he values the “automated emails that give me the right level of detail to help me understand quickly whether I am on budget and identify any unexpected cloud usage.”
"RightScale helps us avoid vendor lock-in with any one cloud provider, ensures that we have the very best in cloud managed services, and, with the help of RightScale Cloud Analytics, ensures that we are on the appropriate and most cost-effective cloud infrastructure at all times.”
Jeff Titus, GM of Digital Technology Solutions and Strategy for the VW Group of Audi of America
For large enterprises concerned with brand equity, the stakes are especially high with regard to managing cost-effective cloud infrastructure. Jeff Titus, the GM of Digital Technology Solutions and Strategy for the VW Group of Audi of America, explains that “Audi's customer expects nothing less than the best luxury brand experience, therefore the Audi digital ecosystem of services, applications, and products must exceed expectations at every level. We must constantly optimize and enrich our platform infrastructure to make that possible. This is why it is so important for us to work with RightScale. RightScale helps us avoid vendor lock-in with any one cloud provider, ensures that we have the very best in cloud managed services, and, with the help of RightScale Cloud Analytics, ensures that we are on the appropriate and most cost-effective cloud infrastructure at all times."
A More Complete Solution for IT Financial Management
According to the RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud Report, fewer than a third of enterprises have defined processes for cloud cost management. Getting a handle on cloud costs and ROI and looking for concrete ways to optimize cloud spend are becoming of increasing interest to the C-suite. Tim Jones, CIO of MoneySuperMarket, says, "As a CIO, RightScale Cloud Analytics is just the sort of thing that I need to understand and reduce cloud costs. We look forward to using it to set expectations with C-level management and our board of directors on our future operating costs of private, hybrid, and public clouds."
Analysts also agree that reducing cloud costs is imperative for IT organizations.
A cloud economist at 451 Research, Dr. Owen Rogers says that "Integrated cloud analytics and management tools such as those from RightScale can help consumers understand this complex landscape and take actions to manage their cloud expenditure."
Because Cloud Analytics is fully integrated with RightScale Cloud Management, Cloud Analytics can serve the needs of users across your organization. You can use Cloud Analytics independently or in combination with Cloud Management to close the loop and take action on your insights.
Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst for cloud computing at Constellation Research, cautions against analytics tools that don’t provide mechanisms for taking actionable steps to reduce costs: "Beware the false analytics of vendors who offer data on cloud costs and usage, but don't tie that data to a derived action or guidance. RightScale Cloud Analytics is an important first step in integrating cloud analytics with cloud management across public and private clouds — a true analytics platform for cloud computing."
Try Cloud Analytics for Free
Cloud Analytics is the first solution that combines your historical usage with sophisticated forecasting to help you manage cloud costs across major public and private clouds and virtualized environments. Cloud Analytics also integrates with RightScale Cloud Management to allow you to take action on your insight and optimize your cloud usage. For a better way to visualize, forecast, and optimize your cloud costs, get a free trial of RightScale Cloud Analytics.
To learn more about the many features available in Cloud Analytics, check out these blog posts for screenshots and video tutorials:
- 2 Simple Ways to Stop Blowing Your Cloud Budget
- Analyze Scenarios for AWS Reserved Instances to Reduce Cloud Costs
- Cloud Cost Savings: Understanding Why Cloud Spend Is Up (or Down)
- Track and Manage Your Private Cloud Costs Like a Boss
- Keep Your Cloud Costs Down Through Internal Collaboration
- Avoid Bill Shock with Automated Cloud Cost Reports