Evaluation of Cloud Cost Optimization Tools

Posted by Eric Noriega

May 5, 2014 11:03:00 PM Analytics

This is part 7 in a series on cloud cost management.

We’ve looked at a number of cloud cost optimization tools in house and for customers.  This is a brief breakdown of some of the characteristics and features of the programs.  Please realize that this is a very fast moving part of the industry.  If you decision hinges on a single feature, it’s availability may have changed by the time you read this sentence.

package

direct cloud support

import data support

deployment method

cost aggregation

shared access

RI calcs.

cap. planning

general monitoring

project breakdown

price basis

Cloudyn

AWS, GCE

no, on roadmap for enterprise

SaaS

yes

 

yes

yes- premium product

cost monitoring only

AWS and GCE tags

free, premium $240 up to $200k spend

teevity

AWS, Google, Azure

yes, using Dropbox

SaaS, AWS install

yes

yes, via email

yes

no

cost report/daily email

yes,can split cost as well as gather

free for the basic cost monitor with a tiered pricing for more functions.

cloudexpress

AWS, Rackspac, Azure, more...

 

SaaS

yes

 

yes

yes

 

organization, application, environment (production, test, development)

free basic tier

kaavo

EC2, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, HP, Logicworks, OpenStack, RackSpace, Terremark, vCloud Director

no

Saas, on-premise

 

yes

 

yes

yes

   

cloudability

AWS/EC2

 

SaaS

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

yes by tag

three tiers, free/pro/ent - pro based on cloud spend tracked

cloud vertical

AWS, Heroku, VMWare private clouds

VMware Vsphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft HyperV or Private Cloud platforms like vCloud Director, OpenStack or CloudStack

SaaS

in enterprise

in enterprise

   

alerts

yes

scales on spend tracked

cloudCheckr

AWS, AWS GovCloud

no

SaaS

yes

yes

yes

yes

alerts based on thresholds, regualr scans of "best-practices"

yes

tiered fixed cost based on total spend tracked

Column key:

package - Name of the package.

URL - click the name of the package (link)

direct cloud support - The clouds that it can track costs on it’s own without any data munging by you.

import data support - Can it import records from outside sources, such as munged data or private clouds which might not be directly accessible.

deployment method - Where does the code run?

cost aggregation - Does it aggregate basic costs?

shared access - Does it support more than one user logging in? DOes it support reporting to more than one person?

RI calculations - Does it do modeling to determine where Reserved Instances would save money? (RIs are pre-purchased computing available in AWS).

cap. planning

general monitoring - Does the product do any type of alerting other than cost based? (on example: unused but paid for storage)

project breakdown - Can the product do cost breakdown by projects or groups of resources?

price basis - What is the basic concept by which they charge?

 

Check back soon for Part 8, where I'll provide some takeaways from our look into cloud cost optimization. As always, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.


Posted by Eric Noriega

    
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