In the earlier blog post on Cloud Analytics, we saw how cloud cost management reports such as standard reports, custom reports and offline reports show the business metrics as well as technical parameters pertinent to cloud resources that are being consumed from a variety of public cloud service providers including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Bluemix. From cloud cost management angle, comprehensive cloud cost analytics across multiple clouds as well as granular drill downs into each of the cost elements is very important for tighter cost control and management. As enterprises are adopting cloud across many line of businesses, departments, vertical functions and geographies, an enterprise class cloud analytics tool is a must have for holistic cloud cost management. As indicated in many of the cloud cost optimization studies published in the industry, rich cloud analytics tools can save up to 70% of cloud resource cost by giving cloud administrator visibility into optimal placement, utilization and right sizing of the cloud resources.
Jamcracker cloud platform (JCP) offers many valuable tools to holistically manage cloud costs across an enterprise organization. As an example, one of the key reports called Daily Consumption Report (DCR) report enables IT administrators to customize various cloud consumption parameters of interest such as product type, usage type, charge type, currency, quantity, unit price, unit quantity, consumption amount, etc. Thus, DCR report can be customized to aggregate the cloud cost and usage information on a daily basis across multiple clouds for a specific date range.
While reporting is a great on-demand tool for historical trend analysis of the data available in the datamarts, it does not give real time snapshot of what’s happening in terms of cloud consumption across an enterprise. Further, business users are often not interested in the technical details of cloud resources being consumed but rather the business impacting issues such as the overall cloud cost trends, cost savings due to cloud migration, cloud cost mix by cloud service providers and the overall return on investment (ROI) for the cloud deployments. This is why cloud cost management dashboards are such a powerful tool for not only the IT administrators but also the business users such as IT business analysts and IT finance managers.
In JCP – Cloud Analytics virtual appliance module, we provide various dashboards to address the needs for different stakeholders who need to keep a close watch on the live cloud usage across all parts of an enterprise. These dashboards offer live cloud consumption intelligence including cost associated with each of the cloud resources, usage of these resources and any missed opportunities for cloud cost optimization.
Let’s drill down into each of these dashboards and understand the benefits of each type of these dashboards:
1. Executive Dashboard
As the name suggests, executive dashboard is an important visualization tool for the executives. It tracks key cloud trends such as costs and resources in order to help DevOps, IT Managers, CIOs, CTOs, and Finance departments to oversee all of the cloud costs centrally.
Following are some of the key attributes of the information that can aid executives in making investment and ROI decisions:
2. Live Dashboard
Live Dashboard is an important visualization tool for daily operations staff such as IT administrators. It offers real-time inventory of the IaaS resources from various cloud providers.
Following are some of the key attributes of the information that can aid executives in analyzing real time health check of cloud usage and cost:
3. Cost Analytics
Since up to 70% of the cloud cost can be optimized through better utilization of cloud resources in terms of unused as well as under utilized cloud resources, cloud cost analytics dashboard is an important visibility tool to see if cloud resources are being consumed optimally.
Following are some of the key attributes of the information in this dashboard that can allow IT administrators to dig deeper into the cloud resource cost and aid with right sizing of the resource.
4. Tag Analytics
Tag-based cost allocation involves analyzing and associating the costs with specific categories (e.g. department, projects, etc.) to provide cost visibility allowing asset management, security, and compliance tracking. This dashboard allows IT users to view the cost associated with this resource based on different dimensions and enables you to organize your resources in a way that is independent of the cloud service provider.
Following are some of the key attributes of the information in this dashboard that can allow IT administrators to visualize cloud resource cost based on associated consumption tags.
In conclusion, in order to efficiently manage the usage and cost of cloud resources, a rich cloud analytics engine is the need of time. Various stakeholders such as the IT business analysts, finance managers, devops users from business units and CTO staff all need visibility into cloud consumption on a real-time and historical basis. With various dashboards that are available in the Jamcracker Cloud Platform, customers can gain instant visibility and almost feel like they got the superpowers to manage cloud cost.
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Stay tuned for our next blog on saving even more cloud cost through automated cloud control policies.
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