Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Vaibhaw Pandey

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Agile Computing, Cloud Security

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Cloud Analytics: How You Can Accurately Analyze Your Cloud Cost | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Analytics

You can't control what you can’t see

In 2011, Marc Andreessen wrote a thought provoking article in the Wall Street Journal that software is eating the world. Today, in 2017, we can say that cloud transformation is happening all around us and cloud is now indeed eating the world. While Cloud services consumption is becoming prolific within the enterprises, it is often challenging to decipher who is using the cloud, how much is it being used and for what purposes ? Further, is the usage of cloud across the enterprise optimal? While migration to cloud is saving money, not utilizing the cloud resources optimally is nullifying some of the monetary gains. In order to better govern the cloud resources, a top notch cloud analytics engine is the need of the hour.

How do you quantify whether you achieved better productivity and reduced cost with cloud deployments? How does your organization’s leadership team correlate and compare which cloud vendor is more cost effective for you? The solution lies in having the right set of analytics tools such as dashboard and reports, to analyze the available data.

By providing a multi-dimensional view of cloud business data, usage and cost, Jamcracker Platform helps you take quick and efficient decisions about your cloud spend. The Platform’s reporting capabilities backed by a comprehensive set of technological and functional features offer an unmatched effectiveness and ease of use to both business customers and IT administrators.

The platform delivers a full range of reporting capabilities – such as Interactive Dashboards, Standard Reports, Custom Reports, Offline Reports and more. These advanced reporting data and visualization tools provide better insights into cloud sales, usage trends and much more.

Standard Reports
Standard reports are a set of predefined reports that are readily available straight out of the platform. These are accessible with "few clicks" and available across the product layers. The administrative and customer portals of the platform provide a wide selection of standard reports, included among the reports are login activities, service activities, order management, cloud usage, billing, and helpdesk related reports. The platform allows users to generate reports in html or downloadable csv format. The platform provides better security for the reporting data with data level RBAC (Role Based Access Control) mechanism and the data can be accessed or restricted based on role.

Custom Reports
Custom reports suit the best when you need to go beyond the information provided in the standard reports and want deeper insight about certain activities. With custom reporting, you can decide what you want to make available in the reports. All you need to do is select the columns/fields from the provided data sets (DataMart) and run the report or save them for running any time again.

Currently, the platform supports user information, order information, daily consumption, term order specification, resale activity, reseller search activity and reseller profile and branding related datamarts. You can create bespoke reports according to your requirements using any of these datamarts.

Among the custom reports you can create using datamarts, the Daily Consumption Report deserves a special mention because of its immense usefulness.

Daily Consumption Custom Report
The Daily Consumption Report tracks organization’s cloud consumption details and provides granular level information about cloud usage and cost. Using the fields available in the daily consumption datamart, you can create various reports with the combination of product type, usage type, charge type, currency, quantity, unit price, unit quantity, consumption amount and so on. You can customize the report data to aggregate the cost and usage information based on a single day or for a specific period.

For example, with daily consumption report, it is easy to generate the report of a linked account’s usage of Amazon EC2 service on a particular day. Another example could be calculating how much each department has spent on a particular service offer by generating reports of resources based on tags. You can also use the daily consumption report to compare the cloud consumption cost between various vendors. These are just few instances. The benefits and capabilities that that this report data can provide is tremendous. It allows you to easily view and comprehend your cost and usage report data and use them for better business decision making.

Offline Reports
The platform’s sophisticated offline reporting capability supports generating large reports offline and notifies respective users to download the report without impacting the performance of the live system. The administrators can configure the type of reports that can be generated offline based on the requirements.

Such reports will not be displayed on the screen rather they will be listed on the Request Reports page. Once the report is available on the Requested Reports page, you will receive a notification, and then you download the reports in csv format.

Cost Optimization Dashboard
The store dashboard provides visibility to an organization’s cloud usage and cost. It helps you filter your data on demand, view cost and usage data based on various parameters using a variety of visualizations and dig deeper to get better visibility.

Executive Dashboard
The Executive Dashboard gives real-time visual insights about cloud costs trends and provides decision makers with the critical decision support they need.

It displays the total cloud cost, cost by provider, cost by product, cost by resources etc.

Cost Analytics
This dashboard allows you to slice and dice the cloud spend data and dig deeper by splitting the spending information based on different parameters such as instance type, flavor and size. It helps you estimate your projected cloud cost and optimize the size of your cloud deployments.

Tag Analytics
You can organize your resources based on tags and provide the ability to categorize them for billing purposes. Tag Analytics dashboard helps you analyze the cost of resources that represent different business categories (such as cost centres, departments, projects, groups) and provides visibility allowing asset management, security, and compliance tracking.

In Summary, with better cloud analytics tools, enteprise IT admins are better equipped to govern, manage and control the cloud resources. Given today’s granular cloud services pricing model and frequent pricing breaks offered by the cloud services providers, keeping close tab on the cloud cost through rich cloud analytics is of paramount importance for cloud cost management. We hope that you can take advantage of the cloud analytics engine in the Jamcracker Platform and be smooth sailing as you navigate through the cloud transformation that’s happening all around you.

More Stories By John Katrick

John Katrick is a software engineer living in Bangalore, India. He is a fan of technology and cloud computing. He is also interested in Hybrid Cloud and focuses on articles involving the latest news in cloud management, Microsoft Azure, and cloud governance including new technology and AWS cloud news.

@ThingsExpo Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.