Learn about Cloud Cruiser.
- [Instructor] So now let's look at an example of a cost monitoring tool. Cloud Cruiser, which is one of a few that are out there that do cloud monitoring, is focused on the cost. And the monitoring of the cost, who, what, when, why, where, who's using what, what are they doing with it, and how much ultimately does it cost and how we deduct that out of their budget. It's a good solution for showbacks and chargebacks, this is very important with an enterprise, this is, they're spending upwards to $100,000 to a half million dollars a month, using a public cloud service, they need to allocate that and deduct those from the budgets of the departments that are leveraging those services.
Used to be it was on someone's credit card, that they were expensing, but you know, $10,000 a month is very different than half a million dollars a year, and it's going to go up from that, so the ability to kind of put a discipline behind who's spending what piece of money and how we're going to do showbacks and chargebacks, and deduct things from the budget is really why tools like Cloud Cruiser exist. So what does Cloud Cruiser do? Well, optimization, in other words, the ability to kind of optimize various systems in terms of what you're leveraging how, so cost utilization is important so the ability to understand which processes and which resources are being leveraged in which way and how much they're costing and the ability to optimize those resources for cost, is a key component of Cloud Cruiser.
Able to do what-if monitoring, the ability to basically say, what if I shut down these particular virtual servers, how will my costs change? What if I use reserved instances, which are a cheaper version of the instances for AWS, those sorts of things need to be understood so I'm making the right decisions in terms of how I'm utilizing the resources and make sure I'm optimizing costs best. Decisions, insights, in other words, what insights can I make from the data that it's gathering over time in terms of cost information, should I invest more in AWS, should I ask for discounts, should I leverage resources in certain configurations that may be cheaper? Those sorts of things need to be understood 'cause it can save you millions of dollars over the years.
So, analytics, self-service reporting, so the ability to kind of look at what's there and how to report what's there, so the ability not only for the administrators to see who's spending what, when, where and why, but the ability for the users to see that as well, and for, perhaps send them an email every month in terms of how much they're leveraging within the particular public Cloud provider that they're leveraging, and how it's coming out of their budget, and that goes to consumption reporting, so in other words, consumption over time, either as groups of users, a particular user, or the company as a whole.
What they're using, how much of a resource we're consuming, how that's trending over time. So what does Cloud Cruiser do? They do configuration, which means that you're able to configure Cloud Cruiser for whatever particular use case that we're looking for, or use cases, so we're able to put volatility into domain of configuration versus programming, and it's able to understand what's there and what needs to be monitored, and why it's monitored, in essence we're able to pre-program the system for what it needs to do for us, but do so using configuration paradigm versus a programming paradigm.
So, Cloud Cruiser is definitely in the cost area, so it's not a security tool, health tool, reporting tool, governance tool, performance tool, it's dealing only with cost, and there's other tools out there that do the same thing, you're typically always going to need a cost monitoring tool, and even though Cloud Watch provides you with some cost monitoring, the Vibrato does as well, they're really not going to get to the level of detail that you need without dealing with a dedicated cost monitoring technology.
- Cloud health, performance, security, and governance monitoring
- Cloud monitoring analytics
- Cloud monitoring costs
- AWS CloudWatch
- Librato CloudWatch
- Cloud Cruiser
- Microsoft cloud monitoring
- Rackspace cloud monitoring
- Creating a cloud monitoring and operations plan
- Defining cloud monitoring operations patterns