An Enterprise Guide to Perfect AWS Cloud Cost Allocation and Chargeback

Cloud cost allocation has become a major concern for most of the enterprises with their business migrating to cloud. Managers are increasingly using automated tools like Cloud Service Expense Management tools for managing the Cloud Costs. According to Gartner’s recent key finding, “Organizations utilizing IaaS without Cloud Service Expense Management (CSEM) processes will almost certainly have unnecessary spending.” Instead of being standalone tools, Cloud Expense Managements tools are becoming an integral part of Cloud Management tools like Botmetric.

IT teams need Cloud Cost management tools for the following three key functionalities to optimize Cloud Costs:

Cost Analytics: Dashboard overview of the total cloud spend pattern

Spend Management: Budget and forecasting tools to ensure costs do not overrun

Resource Analytics: Dashboards include costs by account, team and application as well as usage, chargebacks and cost allocation.

In addition to the above analytics category of reports, Cloud Service Expense Management tool has to provide different views for different departments based on their focus such as costs, operational efficiency or optimization. The Finance department needs to track monthly cost accruals by organizational hierarchy department and cost-center wise. The finance department mostly uses the monthly breakdowns of cost by product, shared resources and environment across the cost-centers. The most used financial report would be the one view report which provides the top-level management with across-the-board insights and an aggregated view of their entire cloud deployment. On the other hand, the Engineering/DevOps team would be keen to know the spending vs budget across applications; they will also want to get automated recommendations for the Reserved Instances which can bring down the on-demand usage costs.

Botmetric Cost Center

A Cost Center is a department or any business unit in the company whose performance is usually evaluated through the comparison of budgeted to actual costs. The Cost Centers in Botmetric can be defined in two ways-  based on tag keys alone and based on accounts and associated tag key-value pairs.

Tag Management

Automating the Cost Allocation is critical in Cloud Platform because of the sheer number of resources which are provisioned.  AWS provides AWS Tags as the technology mechanism which helps the implementation of the costing policy effectively. Tags can be used for Cost Entity definition through which Finance teams and/or IT/unit managers can breakdown and attribute costs to any relevant business unit (e.g. projects, teams, stacks within a business unit, etc.). They can also determine exactly which business units are driving cloud costs and how.

Using Tags to capture and allocate all Cloud Expenses & Discounts associated with one’s cloud infrastructure is key to success. While this method can be useful, it is can also difficult to implement and maintain as each cost center or project must tag their resources identically. Unfortunately in AWS, tagging has to be planned accurately beforehand and cannot be retrospective. However in reality, there would be some many resources which get commissioned and all the resources cannot be tagged as per plan.  

Linked Accounts

AWS also provides an additional mechanism to create a cost-based taxonomy other than tags called Linked Accounts. Using Linked Accounts, users can generate a single consolidated billing from multiple payer accounts. While AWS tags are very flexible, Linked accounts provide a cleaner chargeback reports than tags. However Linked Accounts have a limitation of fewer reporting options. AWS expert suggests to integrate both tags and Linked accounts by splitting the most important accounts as linked accounts and use tags for lower levels in the taxonomy.

Botmetric Chargeback Module

Botmetric’s Chargeback module allows the users to reorganize the tag taxonomy in retrospective to efficiently handle the tag management issue. Botmetric automatically re-computes the allocations and updates accordingly. However to leverage this feature, Cost Centers have to be created initially in Botmetric. The current Botmetric module provides a smartUI where one can manage budget controls better across Cost Centers.

The key differentiation factor of Botmetric Chargeback Module is that allows users to manage complexities involved in treating chargebacks when dealing with multiple linked accounts from a central payer account. It also provides additional insightful reports for effective tracking and managing of AWS cloud costs. Hence Botmetric Chargeback module allows users to gain the best from both the tags and linked-accounts approach as well the integrated approach of tags and accounts. The additional benefit of the new Chargeback module in Botmetric is advanced Cost Center definition and allocation. Chargeback Module supports definition of multiple

Cost centers for cost allocation.  Through this approach, users can get cost center wise reporting at department or team level. The implementation of this this detailed drilldown report is based on AWS tags.

Botmetric Chargeback module provides dynamic tagging of unused resources and undo and reallocation of these tagged resources in different cost centers.  Reorganize the tag categorization any time by using these two features. These two new features further help AWS users manage complexities involved in treating Chargebacks, especially when dealing with multiple linked accounts from a central payer account.

Botmetric provides one of the best Cloud Cost Management tool as part of its integrated Cloud Platform, which can save a significant percentage of spending made every month for your Cloud. Take an in-depth look at Botmetric Platform today for having a better control on your Cloud costs tomorrow.

5 steps to good Microsoft Azure Cloud Governance

The cloud offers some great benefits and advantages that are there for all to see. For organisations to truly reap the maximum benefit from their Microsoft Azure cloud investment, having the right governance framework and processes is absolutely crucial. Governance in Azure involves a variety of aspects right from the decision-making processes, criteria and policies involved in the planning, architecture, acquisition, deployment, operation and management of cloud computing.

To create a plan for Azure cloud governance, it is important to have a detailed understanding of the current people resources, processes and technology frameworks. The next step is to build the necessary frameworks that can empower IT teams to do what the business needs, while also allowing end-users the flexibility they need and demand to do their jobs well while benefiting from the features that Microsoft Azure offers.  

To get the best out of your Microsoft Azure cloud, consider the following governance parameters.

  • Define Roles Clearly and Control Access

It is important to define the account hierarchy for your cloud, based on business needs and data ownership. Defining this core governance structure with clearly articulated processes can help simplify governance greatly.

One great way to enable this is through the Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) functionality that allows for some detailed access management for Azure. For instance, each user only gets the amount of access needed to perform their jobs.

The more fine-grained the access definitions, greater the security, as it eliminates the need to give unrestricted access to all users which thereby increase the number of potential attackers.

This also helps you assign responsibilities within the team and grant only the required access to each team member, with only a limited number of actions permitted for each user. To give an example, one person may be responsible for managing one particular aspect and another for a different aspect, then they each get permission for the same subscription, based on their roles. Users can either be assigned standard roles or well-defined custom roles.

  • Track and Manage Resources

Ability to track and manage all existing cloud resources is extremely important. One great way to track resources, especially since users are likely to add more resources to the subscription, is by parameters such as department, customer, and environment. Metadata can be attached to resources through tags that provide data about the resource or the owner. Using tags is a great way to not only aggregate and group resources in numerous ways, but the data can also be used for chargebacks.

Tags are especially useful when you are dealing with a complex variety of resource groups and resources. Tags allow you to visualize your assets in the most intuitive manner that works best for you. For instance, it could either be based on similar roles or departments or any other division that makes sense.

In the absence of these tags, managing multiple resources can often be challenging. Let’s say you need to delete resources associated with a particular project, finding each resource that corresponds to that particular project can be a veritable nightmare. In such a scenario, well defined tags can be a real lifesaver.

Because Azure allows users to create their own tag taxonomy, there is no danger of losing information to nonuniform defined tags. Putting together some standard organisation-wide rules for creating tags can help streamline the process.

Another great functionality in Azure is the Resource Manager, which brings several benefits. Not only does it allow you to manage, deploy and monitor services related to a solution as a group rather than individually; it also allows for access control to be applied to all resources in the group. The Resource Manager allows you to put resources into meaningful groups as per your convenience.

  • Cloud Security is Foremost

By far the biggest challenge for cloud adoption is concerns about security. Organisations are quite particular about wanting to retain control over their data. The data needs to be secure and private at all times.  Yet, it must be available on demand. Maintaining transparency and ensuring continuous compliance with organizational standards is of utmost importance.

Businesses are often concerned that moving to the cloud will likely leave them more susceptible to attacks by hackers, as compared to legacy on-premise solutions. While these security fears aren’t entirely misplaced, it is also true that the cloud can provide greater data security and administrative control, as compared to on-premise.

While the prospect of saving on infrastructure costs and improving scalability and flexibility is what generally attracts people to the cloud, there is a real concern about data privacy on the cloud. IT managers are worried about losing control over where their data is stored, who is accessing it, and how it gets used. Therefore, they are often wary of storing their precious data over a cloud.

Therefore, ensuring that you know where your data is saved and being able to independently verify its location are key. This transparency can go a long way in addressing security fears.

Given that Azure subscribers are likely to manage their cloud environments from various devices, it is important to have task-specific permissions. Administrative functions can sometimes be carried out through web-based consoles. Alternatively, it can also be through client endpoints such as tablets or smartphone; or through on-premises systems over VPN or client application protocols.

While having multiple access and management capabilities is great, it also adds to the risk significantly because managing, tracking, and auditing administrative actions can be extremely difficult. This makes it more vulnerable to security threats due to unregulated access to client endpoints used to manage cloud services and opens up to unknown threats from web browsing or phishing emails.

While it may be difficult to monitor or log or audit all actions due to the sheer volumes, it is highly recommended as a best practice.

Of course, none of this matters if the compliance piece is missing. As complexity and scope of cloud based solutions increases setting stringent compliance processes and ensuring that they are adhered to, is extremely crucial. Compliance standards also need to evolve as regulations change.

Tools such as the Azure Security Center, which provides a central view of the security status of resources in the subscriptions, are helpful. Azure Security Center also provides recommendations to prevent compromised resources and help enable more granular policies.  It is a great combination of best practice analysis and security policy management for all resources within an Azure subscription. It also analyzes resource security health based on the organisation’s policies and provides useful dashboards and alerts for suspicious events such as malware detection or malicious IP connection attempts.

  • Automate Automate Automate

Given the complexity of cloud operations, expecting governance to be performed by an already loaded IT team is unfair and often ineffective. Managing cloud governance manually is not a realistic expectation. Using automation is key for effective governance.

Cloud automation is a fundamental building block for the cloud computing paradigm. The aim of automation essentially is to make all cloud related activities as fast and efficient as possible, with little manual intervention. This is possible through the use of numerous software automation tools

The objective is to overcome the complexity that cloud computing orchestration brings with respect to deploying different resources in the cloud. With automation tools, requests around deployment and allocation of resources can be addressed quickly and efficiently without intervention from the administrator. The administration needs to simply choose the right options and the software takes over from that point.

It makes governance much simpler when IT is rid of repetitive and time-intensive tasks that can be automated. With an effective rules engine, automation can help curb extra spending and consumption, and also optimise the use of resources by shutting down workloads when they are not required.

  • Understand the road-map

One important aspect that governs cloud governance practices is a thorough understanding of what the objective of your cloud implementation is. Is your focus on improving IT efficiency? Or are you expecting your cloud to drive business innovation? If you have multiple goals, then you need to ensure that they’re not at odds with each other.

Equally important is an understanding of the overall business strategy and the direction in which the company is heading. All these factors impact your cloud governance strategies.

While there is no debate about the relevance of cloud computing, effective cloud governance is essential in order to reap maximum benefits. To know more about Microsoft Azure cloud and cost optimization you can read here.

 

Save more in Elasticache RI with Botmetric

Reserved Instances (RI) have brought in significant opportunities in cost reducing strategies in the AWS ecosystem. AWS started with EC2 Reserved Instance (RI)  and EC2 is the most reserved AWS service. Did you know that apart from EC2 there are other six services that can be reserved in AWS?

Currently Botmetric supports AWS RI for EC2 and RDS under Cost & Governance. A lot of Botmetric customers have been using Elasticache and wanted to seek better recommendations for reservations. As reservations are crucial in cost savings, we as Botmetric wanted to empower our customers with reservation planner for Elasticache.

Botmetric Cost & Governance has now extended its support for Elasticache RI’s. Currently in  Cost & Governance RI tab you can manage, track and regulate your Elasticache RI’s. Elasticache RI under Cost & Governance only supports high utilization RI’s at the moment.

Elasticache RI Dashboard

Elasticache RI has a holistic dashboard that is similar to EC2 and RDS RI, which lists out RI summary and savings recommendations for variant tenure.

Elasticache

Elasticache RI has a holistic dashboard that is similar to EC2 and RDS RI, which lists out RI summary and savings recommendations for variant tenure.

Unused Elasticache RI

Provides a list of reservations which aren’t being used by any running instance, so that you can launch a matching instance class for the reservation.

Plan RI

Provides a list of all the recommended ElastiCache reservations. Botmetric analyzes your ElastiCache on-demand utilization and generates recommendation after matching it with your current set of reservations. You can change the tenure from 1 to 3 year to understand variant savings. You also change the confidence factor to view more differentiated recommendations.

Elastic Cache Plan RI
Existing RI

This is a complete portfolio of your Elasticache RI. It lists all Elasticache RI in your account.
The chief advantage of existing RI portfolio is to identify near-expiry RI and plan for renewal or renew already expired RI.

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RI Utilization Graph

Here you can identify and understand the performance of Reserved vs On-demand Elasticache RI. You can look at the graph and identify if your On-demand hours are constant , then there is more scope for reservations.

RI Utilization We as Botmetric want to make cost savings in AWS cloud more simpler and better. We have not stopped with EC2, RDS and ElastiCache, we are working on adopting Botmetric Smart Recommendations for Redshift and DynamodB as well. Meanwhile if you wish you perform any kind of cost analysis how much ever detailed, you can achieve this through Custom Reports.

Not Only EC2, 6 More AWS Services That Can be Reserved

Cloud Cost Management through Reserved Instance option

AWS, the pioneer of Cloud Platforms, has created three different pricing models which can suit an organization based on the life cycle stage they are in regard to Cloud usage. The first and most well-known model is the on-demand model under which resources are priced based on actual usage like hourly compute or storage, I/O capacity consumption etc. This pricing model is best suited when a company is not exactly sure of its usage pattern and is getting started on the Cloud Platform. Once the company is accustomed to the Cloud Platform and its benefits, it can upgrade to the next model -“Reserved instance”, to get 30-50% price reduction by committing the resource consumption for a one or three years’ time. The third model, “Spot Instances” is for buying resources to use only in periodic surges in resource demand.

While Reserved Instance Model for AWS EC2 is quite well known, AWS also provides the same pricing model for many other services as well. Let us look in-depth into 6 More AWS Services which can be consumed under Reserved Instance price model.

  1. AWS RDS

After Computing Power, the most used resource is database. Databases are a very significant portion of an enterprise’s resource capacity and as it is often run 24/7.  Hence adopting the Reserved Instance pricing model for RDS is a worthwhile investment. Amazon RDS Reserved Instances give you the option to reserve a DB instance for one or three year term and in turn receive a significant discount compared to the On-Demand Instance pricing for the DB instance.

It is important to note that RDS will be charged for every hour during the entire reservation term one selects, regardless of whether the database instance is running or not. There are two different factors that have to be considered while planning out Reserved Instances for RDS.

Commitment Term: AWS provides two types of commitment terms durations.

1-year term which is useful for production databases with predictable workloads

3-year term which is useful for stable production databases for long running applications

Payment Options: Once the commitment term is decided, there are 3 payment options to choose from, based on the percentage of upfront payment one is willing to pay.

No Upfront: In this model, no upfront payment is required at purchase. The discount is however lower when compared to other payment options. This is not applicable if the commitment term is 3 years.

Partial Upfront: In this model, a portion of the cost is paid upfront and the remaining hours in the term are billed at the established discounted hourly rate. This model strikes a right balance between upfront and hourly.

Full Upfront: In this model, the cost of the entire term is paid to get the best effective hourly price

  1. AWS DynamoDB

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. When using DynamoDB, the pricing is a flat, hourly rate service based on how much capacity is provisioned.  Like other services, DynamoDB Reserved Capacity also offers significant savings over the on-demand price of DynamoDB if the capacity is paid for in advance. One has to choose to commit a capacity model comprising of a fixed amount of Write Capacity and Read Capacity units. However, the cost is incurred even if the resource is not utilized.

  1. Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is the content delivery web service that helps businesses to distribute content to end users with low latency and high data transfer speeds. AWS CloudFront Reserved Capacity gives you the option to commit to a minimum monthly usage level for a year or longer to receive a significant discount. AWS CloudFront Reserved Capacity pricing metric is based on volume of data transfer. The pricing begins at a minimum of 10 TB of data transfer per month from a single region. If the users commit to higher volume usage, they are eligible for receiving additional discounts.

  1. AWS ElastiCache

ElastiCache helps developers to set up, manage, and scale a distributed in-memory cache environment in the cloud. Developers can choose their cache engine to be either Memcached or Redis protocol-compliant. The key benefit of using AWS ElastiCache is that provides a high-performance, scalable and cost-effective caching solution, without the usual complexity of managing a distributed cache environment manually.

The reserved instance price model is almost same as that of AWS DynamoDB where Reserved nodes are charged an upfront fee that depends upon the node type and the reservation term years. In addition to the upfront charge there is an hourly usage charge

  1. Elastic MapReduce 

Amazon Elastic MapReduce is BigData Platform as a Service for large volume data analysis. AWS Elastic MapReduce is based on Apache Hadoop which distributes work across different virtual servers which are in clusters in AWS Cloud.

The Unique Reserved Instance Pricing Policy of AWS Elastic MapReduce are as follows:

An On-Demand Instance should be specified in the cluster configuration that matches the Reserved Instance specification. The cluster should be launched within the same Availability Zone of the instance reservation

  1. Amazon RedShift

Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. Amazon Redshift On-Demand pricing has no upfront costs and has an on-demand pricing scheme where users pay an hourly rate based on the type and number of nodes in the cluster. Users can save up to 75% over On-Demand rates by committing to a Reserved Instance for a fixed term ranging from 1 year to 3 years.

Your Cloud Strategy is optimal only when Reserved Instances are leveraged well and wherever applicable. Botmetric can help you manage your Cloud from Cloud Perspective through proactive advices based on Best Practices. Take a Complete demo of Botmetric to benefit from its capabilities.

Introducing Enterprise Budgeting – Every CFO's Success Formula in Cloud

Cost budgeting in a large company is an exhaustive process. A tremendous amount of detail and input goes into this iterative procedure where each senior team member brings a cost budget from his or her team and the finance leader integrates it and then negotiates with the senior team members to get the numbers where they need to be. Budgeting is a collective process in which each individual operating units or Cost Centers prepare their own budget in conformity with company goals published by top management. Since cloud is quite scalable and often teams exceed their budget or don’t have a clear visibility over projected spend which leads to budget mismanagement and overall havoc for IT Directors to re-evaluate budget and get the approval of the Finance department. Also, at times IT Directors wish if they were able to set budgets at a very granular level that could diminish any kind of uncertainty. This is where Botmetric’s Budgeting can help you create a comprehensive budget model.

So, what is Enterprise Budgeting?

Botmetric’s new feature ‘Budgeting’ under Cost & Governance, will empower the financial leaders in your organization to set the budget and track it with seamless workflows and processes. The two inputs imperative to the budgeting process in a large enterprise are, a detailed cost model for the entire payer account and a comprehensive cost model for individual Cost Center based on linked account(s) and tags.

Who will benefit from Enterprise Budgeting?

Enterprise budgeting is a powerful tool which will be helpful to senior level professionals such as CFOs, CTOs, IT-Directors, Head of Infrastructure & Engg, Senior IT Managers and more.

Which Botmetric subscription plans have access to Budgeting?

Currently, we are enabling the Budgeting feature for Professional, Premium and Enterprise plans only, on request basis.

Botmetric Workflows Used in Budgeting:

The following workflow can be assigned to the people using budgeting:

  • User: User workflows with write permission will be allowed to only set the budget which will then be sent to a financial admin for approval.
  • Admin: Admin workflows/roles can provide the user with read and write access to budgeting. An admin can set the budget but only a financial admin can approve it.
  • Financial Admin: A Botmetric admin can also be a financial admin whose role will be to define the budget goal in Budgeting and approve the budget set by other users. By default, the owner of a Botmetric account will also be a financial admin.  

Add New User Smart Budgeting

Understanding Botmetric’s New Smart Cost Center

A Cost Center can be a department or any business unit in the company whose performance is usually evaluated through the comparison of budgeted to actual costs. Previously, Botmetric allowed you to create a Cost Center using tag-keys like ‘owner’, ‘customer’, ’role’, ‘team’ etc. Now, as per extensive budgeting requirements, Cost Centers in Botmetric can be defined in two ways-  based on tag keys alone and based on accounts and associated tag key-value pairs.

  • Based on Tag-Key

Here, you can choose the tag key which corresponds to your cost center. Based on the chosen tag key, Botmetric will create all possible cost centers for the tag values corresponding it.

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  • Based on account(s) or combination of multiple account(s) and tags

You can also create Cost Centers based on account(s) and customize them based on multiple grouping of tag keys. You can create a cost center group such as  account1->team1->role1.

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Let’s say you have different nomenclature for the same tag-keys such as user:TEAM, user:team, user:Team, then you can multi-select these tags and get complete clarity on your cost center group.

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Please note that you can only choose one option at a time. You cannot have a few cost centers created based on tags and few on account and tags combination.

How to set, track and monitor the budget?

  1. Allocate & Review

  •  Budget Goal:

Botmetric budgeting enables the financial leader to define a budget goal for the entire payer account as per his estimations for the financial year. You can either enter the budget inputs manually or you can use Botmetric’s estimate to populate the budget inputs across months, quarter and year. Botmetric looks at the data for the last 12 months for yearly budget tracking.

Based on your company size it can take upto 72 hours of time to enable, process and crunch your data.

  •    Assigning Budget to Individual Cost Center:

Individual Cost Center owner(s) or financial admin(s) can set/edit budget goals for their respective units. The owner or financial admin(s) can either enter the budget inputs manually or make use of Botmetric’s estimate to populate the budget inputs across months, quarter and year. If a non financial admin or user is creating the budget for his Cost Center, it will be sent to a financial admin for approval. The new roles provided for Budgeting are helpful for providing clear demarcation between users and financial admin(s). This will allow financial admin(s) to have control over the approval of budget while providing enough flexibility to the other roles to manage their Cost Centers effectively.

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  1. Budget Overview

Botmetric’s Budgeting Overview provides a summarised view where you can see a snapshot of your financial year performance at the payer account level. You can compare the actual, allocated and projected spends for the current month, current quarter and financial year. You can alse see a list of top spending Cost Centers for the current month and current quarter. Moreover, a complete trend graph comparing your actual, allocated and budgeted spend performance at a payer account level for 12 months and 4 quarters will help you evaluate Budgeting with a quick glance.

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  1. Cost Center View

Botmetric’s Cost Center Overview provides a comprehensive view to track the performance for each Cost Center. Fine grained resources and service details provide a deeper and instantaneous understanding of where a certain Cost Center is incurring more cost. Ability to shuffle the view among monthly, quarterly and yearly options will allow the user to understand the budget variance over time. Each Cost Center will be evaluated to determine whether its incurred cost is within the allocated budget or it has exceeded the defined budget limit.

Moreover, each Cost Center has a corresponding budget trend graph to show the comparison between actual,  allocated and estimated spend. If you have a huge list of Cost Centers in your cloud, the search bar will help you to quickly find the desired Cost Center.

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Botmetric’s Enterprise Budgeting will empower IT budget owners to define and track budgets at every granular level. This will also streamline budget processes in your organization and bring composure in the chaotic world of budget goals setting. Signup for 14 days free trial and check how it can help your organisation in cloud cost saving.

July in Review: Botmetric floated on Cloud 9 after the Cloud Summit ‘17

Botmetric started off July with all the excitement of partnering Cloud Summit 2017 that happened in Bangalore, India on 5 July 2017. By breaking summer shine, we got showered with anew possibilities that await us in the world of Cloud Computing.

Apart from the triumph at Cloud Summit, there were adequate amendments that happened in and around Botmetric’s business sphere. While we are wrapping up July ‘17, let’s have a look at the vital reformations that happened at Botmetric, knowledge shared by ‘Cloud Ninjas’ and much more.

Product News You Need to Know @ Botmetric

Announcing Botmetric Cost & Governance Beta in Microsoft Azure

What is it: Botmetric Cost & Governance in Azure is an integrated platform for enterprises to control their spend on the cloud. It’s an ecosystem that enables your enterprise to track the cost incurred for services that run on your cloud platform. In this beta version, Botmetric has enabled Cost & Governance in Azure’s cloud platform with Powerful dashboard and Azure Analyze.

How it helps: Botmetric Cost & Governance for Azure has a powerful dashboard that gives you a holistic overview of your overall spend under a single pane. It has always proven to deliver concise information that needs minimal time to consume. It is the welcome screen which will throw insights and help you to start your day with precise required information about your Azure cloud. Botmetric converts your Azure cost data into actionable insights that give you a comprehensive picture of your entire spending of your enterprise. With Botmetric you can view monthly usage charges, compare current Azure spend with previous month’s, review cost projections for next month or a year from a single pane. Get 360-degree visibility into your Azure spending and get smart insights to keep your Azure cloud costs under control.

Where to find: Azure compatibility is available to all Botmetric users. You can pull the spending data from any Azure EA; simply configure your Azure EA by entering your Azure Enterprise Enrollment ID and API Access Key on the Credentials page to get started. You can find it at the drop down menu near Botmetric Logo as shown here.  

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You can include Azure Subscriptions and AWS Accounts in the same Botmetric Account Group. Use these Account Groups to restrict users’ views to specific areas of spending to group cost-based business unit or cost center. Read more at Announcing Botmetric Cost & Governance Beta in Microsoft Azure

Knowledge Sharing @ Botmetric

Basic AWS Data Transfer Cost Saving Tips for Beginners

The Data Transfer Cost is free for most common usage scenarios where data is transferred between storage in the same zone.

There is no data transfer cost involved when transferring data out of EC2 to Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SES, Amazon SQS, or Amazon SimpleDB in the same AWS Region

Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift or Amazon ElastiCache instances, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, or Elastic Network Interfaces in the same Availability Zone

Using a private IP address

Amazon CloudFront

From the above billing information, it is clear that there is no cost for data transfer from EC2 to Amazon CloudFront. The implication is that if we leverage Amazon CloudFront to server images, audio and video files to the end-users, we can keep the data transfer costs at a very optimal level.

Botmetric has a dedicated app for Data Transfer cost analysis so that this grey area of cost in your AWS bill is unraveled. You can drill down to discover granular cost by transfer type, accounts, services, tags, regions and much more. Read more

How to understand your company’s Cloud Security & Compliance with Botmetric?

At Botmetric, we are committed to your cloud infrastructure’s security requirements and compliance standards. We have one integrated platform for cost, security, and operations that enable you to gain complete control over your cloud with confidence. Our Cloud Security and Compliance Management platform provides continuous security and compliance assurance for your AWS. The platform is capable of identifying the key risks with over 200+ health checks across cloud network security, IAM access security, cloud data security, business disaster recovery, and infrastructure security. Read more

A Start-up’s Resolution to Cloud Sprawl Using SaaS-based Cloud Management Platform

Before we get to understand how to prevent or control cloud sprawling we must first understand how cloud works, what challenges you face without the required information, and subsequently how SaaS-based platforms can deliver the required results for your organization. Cloud-computing helps you, as an organization, to use the internet as your ‘go-to place’ for all your IT infrastructure needs using a web browser. It enables information to be accessed across the organization to build some sense of universal connectivity. SaaS, though similar, takes over the management of this cloud; while letting you focus on your development of products and services through a web browser with no physical installation needed. Read more

India Cloud Summit 2017- Quick Rundown

Looking back, CloudSummit 2017 was a great success with over 600 registrations and 250+ plus cloud decision makers attending the conference.The first India CloudSummit edition has rained down new platforms and opportunities for many more downpours of innovation and growth in the digital business world to come. This spark is only the initial ignition that will trigger many more events reaching much larger audiences and on a much greater scale. We need to understand that the cloud forms the basis of digital transformation.It isn’t just a facilitator anymore. It has become a necessity in the fast pacing world of the IT sector and summits are a great place to start adopting this technology. Read more

Simplify the Cost Incurred By your Enterprise with AWS Cost Savings

Migration of the businesses to cloud computing services has exceptionally increased in the last decade. However, it was observed that the cost incurred by the companies after the cloud adaptation was not less than expected. All these 5 processes have to continuously flow in order to attain the cost-efficiency of AWS cloud environment. Cloud Optimization tools should be capable enough to reduce the spend of your enterprise.  It is a great challenge faced by many enterprises to understand and start working on the initial steps of cloud saving measures in the AWS. Read more

Announcing Botmetric Cost & Governance Beta in Microsoft Azure

Botmetric Cost & Governance for Azure has a powerful dashboard that gives you a holistic overview of your overall spend under a single pane of glass. It has always proven to deliver concise information that needs minimal time to consume. It is the welcome screen which will throw insights and help you to start your day with precise required information about your Azure cloud. We are also providing the Save functionality in Azure for Cost & Governancewhere all your actionable insights on possible Azure savings converge under one roof. Users who have a major concern for savings in the cloud, have a greater opportunity and ease to save now in Azure with Botmetric. Read more

5 Point Guide to AWS DR Automation

Disaster Recovery is a procedure to recover technology infrastructure and systems following a disaster. There are 2 types of disasters: Natural – These include natural calamities like floods, tornado, earthquakes and Man-Made – These are disasters caused by human negligence or errors such as infrastructure failure, IT Bugs, cyber-terrorism. In such cases, not only should we have backups but backups should be copied across multiple regions and multiple accounts.

In today’s ever changing cloud environment, zeal to achieve continuous availability, robustness, scalability, and dynamicity spawned the rise of ‘Backup as a Service’ (BaaS).  With AWS DR automation and smart strategies you can secure make your business ‘disaster-free’. Read about the do’s and don’ts of DR Automation strategy. Read more

Top 5 Cloud Migration Challenges- An Analysis by Minjar

When your enterprise is migrating to the public cloud, you might be faced with various challenges at each stage of migration. In the course of its ever-evolving partnership with AWS and recently with Azure, Minjar has analyzed that there are 5 major challenges that any enterprise will face while they are undergoing the migration process: Time/duration, Complexity, Risk, Cost, and Security. Any change invites huge challenge and migrating to cloud is one among those challenges faced by your enterprise during the course of time. Cloud migration needs to be secure, agile and seamless. It should synergize the operations of your enterprise by automating the activities and helping business to reduce the total spend on resources. Read more

7 Best Practices to Follow for Reducing Spend in Azure

Migration of the businesses to cloud computing services has exceptionally increased in the last decade. The real change happened in the world of IT by this significant movie. But it was observed that the cost incurred by the companies after the cloud 2 adaptation was not less than expected.

Microsoft Azure provides integrated cloud services with agile, responsive, innovative and simple solutions. Most of the companies migrate to public cloud by disregarding the prerequisite that cost cutting depends on efficient management and automation. Hence it is wise that the companies follow proven best practices to reduce spend in Azure and make optimization in a cost effective manner. Read more

Botmetric Brings Unique Click to Fix for AWS Security Group Audit

In today’s day and age, deploying solutions and products on the cloud has become the new norm. However, managing your cloud infrastructure, implementing critical cloud security controls, and preventing vulnerabilities can become quite challenging.

Botmetric’s Security & Compliance simplifies the process of discovering and rectifying the threats as well as shortcomings in your AWS infrastructure by providing a comprehensive set of audits and recommendations, which saves a lot of time and makes eliminating unused Security Groups easy. Also, it’s a culture of continuous security and DevSecOps by automating industry best practices for cloud compliance and security. For an AWS user this simplifies the process of discovering and rectifying the threats. Read more

To add-on

Minjar is feeling amazed after tieing up with Microsoft Azure. Azure cloud services are now available on Botmetric. Sign up now to learn more!

7 Best Practices to Follow for Reducing Spend in Azure

The enterprises’ migration to cloud computing platform has exceptionally increased in the last decade.  This move has contributed significantly to the real change in the world of IT. However, companies did not notice any significant change in the cost incurred after adapting to the cloud environment.

Thus, the market saw a boom in various cloud management platforms providing integrated services for cost management. Azure from Microsoft is an integrated cloud services with agile, responsive, innovative and simple solutions. Most of the companies migrate to public cloud by disregarding the prerequisite that cost cutting depends on efficient management and automation. Hence, it is wise that the companies follow proven best practices to reduce spend in Azure and make optimization in a cost effective manner.

  1.    Cease the usage of Zombie Assets

These are assets that are not being used but continue to run in your cloud environment. It can be in the form of idle Load Balancers or an idle SQL Database. If these assets are non-essential it is mandatory that you terminate it from your VM. Microsoft will charge if these assets are in running state.

  1.    Upgrade to latest generation

For certain VM types, there is an option to upgrade to the latest versions. These latest versions of Azure VMs have similar price points and perform better than the older versions. To cite an example, D-series VM gives 35% faster processing for the same price.

  1.    Delete unattached disk storage

For a VM application, Disk Storage acts as the local block storage.  The Disk Storage remains active even though a VM’s performance is terminated. Microsoft continues to charge for the date despite the fact that it is no longer being used. The risk of having unattached storage is high because of the dynamic nature of cloud computing. Azure bill can be brought down drastically if you repeatedly check for unattached Disk Storage in your cloud infrastructure.

  1.    Delete aged Snapshots

To create point-in-time recovery many companies use Disk Storage and Snapshots on Blob. But you need to closely monitor Snapshot costs to avoid huge billing amount. The organizations can get Snapshots back in action by monitoring the cost per usage of VM. It is very important to ensure that they don’t act out of control and increase spend in Azure.

  1.    Right size Disk Storage

Capacity, IOPS, and throughput are the most important factors to be considered with Disk Storage. Deleting unattached disk storage is one of the ways to bring down the cost incurred by VM. Also, you can find out which disks are taking the maximum Disk Storage and thereby modify it to gain potential cost reduction.

  1.    Right size Virtual Machines

As a part of cost cutting initiative, VM right sizing is very important. The developers will spin up new VMs that may be larger than necessary. This will help them to gain extra headroom since they don’t know the performance requirements of the new workload. This can lead to the increase in the cost of VM. Hence it is important to check CPU utilization, memory utilization, disk utilization, and network in/out utilization. Right sizing all the VMs can help cost reduction without harnessing the performance of the applications.

  1.    Stop and Start VMs within a scheduled time

Depending on the month in which you are running VMs, the bill of Azure varies. For the applications running 24/7, Microsoft charges 672 to 744 hours per VM. So it is wise if you can stop your VMs on non-working days like holidays and weekends. This can reduce the cost incurred by your organization. If it is flexible work environment and global teams work on the same VM, then you can just stop VMs outside normal work timings. It is always advisable to stop and start VMs on a specific scheduled time.

All these best practices are not just one-time process. You must continuously do it to optimize the cost-efficiency of the cloud environment. Read more to know more

Botmetric Brings Unique Click to Fix for AWS Security Group Audit

In today’s day and age, deploying solutions and products on the cloud has become the new norm. However, managing your cloud infrastructure, implementing critical cloud security controls, and preventing vulnerabilities can become quite challenging.

Security & Compliance

Botmetric’s Security & Compliance simplifies the process of discovering and rectifying the threats as well as shortcomings in your AWS infrastructure by providing a comprehensive set of audits and recommendations, which saves a lot of time and makes eliminating unused Security Groups easy.

Botmetric’s Security & Compliance imbibes culture of continuous security and DevSecOps by automating industry best practices for cloud compliance and security. For an AWS user this simplifies the process of discovering and rectifying the threats.

Remediation of Security Threats with Botmetric

At Botmetric, we believe in simplifying cloud management for our customers. To amplify this, we provide the ‘click to fix’ feature for many of our Security & Compliance audits. This feature enables users to implement the best practices recommended by Botmetric simply with the click of a button. While saving a lot of time and effort, it also eliminates the possibility of human error. Moreover, rather than manually fixing each and every resource, Botmetric allows you to select multiple resources and fix them all at once.  

Click to Fix Security Group Audit

In an effort to allow our users to easily secure their cloud, we have recently added ‘click to fix’ feature for all Botmetric security group audits.

Why Botmetric Built Click to Fix for AWS Security Group Audits?

Security groups in AWS provide an efficient way to assign access to resources on your network. The rules that you define in security groups should be scrutinized. For a simple reason that you could end up giving a wide open access resulting in an increased risk of security breaches. The security group audits provided by Botmetric discover issues, such as as security groups having rules with TCP/UDP ports open to public, servers open to public, port ranges open to public,  so on and so forth. These are serious security loopholes that could leave your cloud open to malicious attacks.

Botmetric’s ‘click to fix’ feature for AWS security group audits deletes the vulnerable security group rule, thereby securing access to your cloud resources and protecting your cloud infrastructure.

Botmetric- Click to Fix

List of AWS Security Group Audits provided by Botmetric

  • Database Ports

Protecting database ports is crucial as you wouldn’t want access leaks or open ports to your Database ports. Botmetric scans your database ports open to public, IP and private subnet. Securing these would ensure your database ports safety in a security group.

  • Server Ports

Very essential as a lot of security issues and vulnerabilities have been caused due to server ports. Botmetric secures ports open to public, IP and private subnet.

  • TCP UDP  and ICMP Ports

Relies everything we do on the internet, here Botmetric secures open ports to both public and IP.

There are few more controls for Security Group such as All Traffic and Port Range also secured by the audits.

How to Enable Click to Fix for AWS Security Group Audits?

To use the click to fix for security group audits, please ensure that you have added “ec2:RevokeSecurityGroupIngress” permission to the policy of the role whose ARN is configured for Security and Compliance.

The Bottom line:

At Botmetric, we will continue to add more AWS cloud security and compliance features. We will soon come up with a detailed post on Click to Fix feature for several key AWS Security Audits. Until then stay tuned with us.

This is a newly launched feature by Botmetric. To explore this feature, take up a 14 day trial . If you have any questions on AWS security or AWS security best practices, just drop in a line below in the comment section or Tweet to us at @BotmetricHQ.

Top 5 Cloud Migration Challenges- An Analysis by Minjar

When your enterprise is migrating to the public cloud, you might be faced with various challenges at each stage of migration. In the course of its ever-evolving partnership with AWS and recently with Azure, Minjar has analyzed that there are 5 major challenges that any enterprise will face while they are undergoing the migration process.

These challenges are:

  1. Time/duration
  2. Complexity
  3. Risk
  4. Cost
  5. Security

AWS Cloud Migration Analysis by MinjarFig.1. Minjar Analysis

Time/Duration: The process of migration or rather the replication process, faces a huge challenge during the process of transferring large data sets to the cloud. Once migration is complete, it is important to make sure that the processes are consistent and in tandem. The less time-taken to automate services on the cloud, the more happy clients you get.

For example; SingPost SAM was migrated to AWS Cloud infrastructure by Minjar. Singapore Post approached Minjar with the requirement of automating their cloud deployments, auto scaling their business solution and tighten their security. The company also required 24×7 monitoring, managing and continuous improvement of their AWS infrastructure.

Upon onboarding Minjar re-architected SP eCommerce application infrastructure for high availability, enhanced performance and lower latency. Minjar enforced AWS security best practices, created a foolproof environment by implementing DDoS, VAPT, WAF and data security. It created a VPN setup to connect AWS environment with Singapore post’s network. Minjar automated their application deployment and achieved a 10x reduction in launch time which further reduced the cost by implementing auto scaling and optimized provisioning.

Complexity: The complexity of migration can be reduced with the help of tools. It provides ground to support cloud migration in order to avoid the complexities of the tasks. Minjar helped Cleartrip to migrate to cloud by using the services of AWS products like Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Relational Database Service (RDS) – MySQL, Route 53, Lambda, Snowball, Simple Storage Service (S3)

Risk: A tip for all the enterprises that plan to migrate to cloud is to first test the tools. This helps to avoid uninvited surprises which can incur cost and time of your business. This can happen due to human intervention. Automating day to day processes with the help of Botmetric Ops and Automation, a premium product by Minjar is a one-stop-solution to overcome the risk of migration.

For example; Shaadi.com evaluated options and decided to migrate its website infrastructure from its legacy cloud managed service to Amazon Web Service (AWS) Cloud, as AWS offers a comprehensive portfolio of services, competitive pricing and allows rapid innovation. However migrating to AWS seemed overwhelming due to the inherent risk involved in migrating its complete online business without impacting its customers. Consequently, Shaadi.com team selected Minjar as its AWS experts to execute the migration.

Cost: The cost and performance of your migration are mutually dependent. Agility of migration in a secure and cost-effective way can transform the enterprise’s business. Through proper management of cost, provisioning of servers and continuous checking of underutilized resources you can reduce the spend on the cloud in an effective way. Botmetric Cost and Governance has been helping Minjar since its inception, to get along well with cost management. With this product, Minjar could easily help companies to adopt cloud environment in a seamless way.

For Bigbasket the services offered in Deployment Automation was done within 2 weeks. Migration of infrastructure was done from Singapore to Mumbai Region which was done per plan in under a month. Automation done by MSP team on production deployment which brought down the deployment task from hours to minutes and the automation done during migration which brought down the total migration downtime to less than an hour helped them.

Security: This is the crucial point where many companies will think twice before cloud migration activity. Minjar uses Botmetric Compliance and Security to overcome this. It helps in finding security loopholes and rectifying it through the product. According to LinkedIn Information Security Community survey, 49% of CIOs and CSOs feel thatone of the major barriers to cloud adoption is the fear of data loss and leakage… 59% believe that traditional network security tools/appliances worked only somewhat or not at all” in the cloud.

Samsung, MAPP, Cleartrip, Godrej, Shaadi.com and now Bigbasket have relied on Minjar for their Cloud migration and automation processes. From the analysis it is understood that Minjar has enhanced businesses by synergising cloud platform to their operations.

Wrapping Up:

Any change invites huge challenge and migrating to cloud is one among those challenges faced by your enterprise during the course of time. We have analyzed and put down a table that speaks a lot when you Do Cloud Magic with Minjar.

Challenges Migration Minjar
Duration More Less
Complexity High Low
Risk High Low
Cost High Low
Security Low High

Cloud migration needs to be secure, agile and seamless. It should synergize the operations of your enterprise by automating the activities and helping business to reduce the total spend on resources.

5 Point Guide to AWS DR Automation

Disaster Recovery is a procedure to recover technology infrastructure and systems following a disaster. There are 2 types of disasters:
Natural – These include natural calamities like floods, tornado, earthquakes.
Man-Made –  These are disasters caused by human negligence or errors such as infrastructure failure, IT Bugs, cyber-terrorism.
In such cases, not only should we have backups but backups should be copied across multiple regions and multiple accounts.

Here is a 5-point guide for AWS DR automation:

Type of Backups

There are three major levels of recoveries, organization should consider while designing their recovery solution:

File Level Recovery – from files stored in S3.

Volume Level Recovery – from snapshots.

Database Level Recovery – from DB Snapshots.
For every AWS Infrastructure, there are many kinds of resources that need to be backed up for DR purpose:
      EC2 Instance Backups (EC2 AMIs)
      EBS Volume Backups (Snapshots)
      RDS DB Backups (DBSnapshots)
      Elasticache DB Cluster Backups (Elasticache Snapshots)
      Redshift  DB Cluster Backups (Redshift Snapshots)
      Route53 Hosted Zone Backups (S3 Copy Hosted Zone Files)
      CloudFormation Template Backups (CloudFormation Template)

Critical vs Less Critical vs Non-Critical

Depending on the systems and their potential impacts on the business, we can classify strategies into 3 types –
     Most Critical System – Frequency – 1 hour. Retention -1 year
     Less Critical System – Frequency -1 day.  Retention – 180 days 
     Non-Critical System – Frequency -1 week. Retention – 4 weeks.
                                       – Manually Backup if required.

Automated vs Manual backups

In a dynamic cloud environment, with a wide range of services, it is extremely difficult to manage resources and deal with continuous changes beneath them.
For example:
If an organization has 100’s of instances of different types with different roles to play, it becomes impossible to manually create backups and monitor them.
With Automation, you just need to add tags to every instance defining their
role. It will help to create individual policies based on their role.
Let’s say, you have the following definition of instances –
Tag Instance Count Backup Policy

ENV/DEVELOPMENT 30 Once in a week
ENV/MONITORING 5 Once in a month
ENV/PRODUCTION 60  Every 4 hours
ENV/OTHERS 5 Not required(manually)

In the example shown above, automation is a clear winner relative to a manual backup.

Cost Optimized backups

Organizations should make strategies to clean up old backups which are no longer required. This will drastically reduce AWS Infrastructure Cost.
Also, AWS has a limit on the number of backups that can be created in an account.  For e.g. EBS Snapshot limit is 10,000.

Cost Optimized DR Strategy is therefore required to ensure limited backups.
In Botmetric backups jobs, Snapshots to retain parameter(s) ensures to keep the number of snapshots per volume.
Similarly, AMIs to retain ensures to keep number of AMIs per instance.
Let us understand it with an example – If there are 180 Snapshot to retain, and the job execution is once a day it will keep snapshots of 180 days (i.e. 6 months) old. 

If there are 360 Snapshot to retain and the job execution is twice a day, it will keep a backup of 180 days (i.e. 6 months) old. However, it will keep 2 snapshots per volume of the past 180 days.

Note: For safety purpose we will try to keep Snapshot to retain+1.

DR Automation for various AWS Resource

Depending on the AWS Infrastructure and DR Strategy backups can be taken across regions/across accounts.
In Botmetric, we have a wide variety of jobs for various services-

EC2:
          Create EC2 Ami based on EC2 Instance tags
          Copy EC2 Ami based on EC2 Instance tags across regions
          Copy EC2 Ami based on EC2 ami tags across regions
          Copy EC2 Ami based on EC2 Instance tags across accounts
EBS:
          Create EBS snapshot based on ebs volume tags
          Create EBS snapshot based on ec2 instance tags
          Create EBS snapshot based on ec2 instance ids
          Copy EBS snapshot based on ebs volume tags across regions
          Copy EBS snapshot based on ec2 instance tags across regions
          Copy EBS snapshot based on ebs volume tags across accounts

RDS:
         Create RDS snapshot snapshot based on DB Instance tags
         Copy RDS snapshot based on DB Instance tags across regions

REDSHIFT:
         Create Redshift snapshot based on redshfit cluster tags

ROUTE53:
         Create Route53 Hosted Zone backups

In addition to it, for cleaning up of old backups, we have de-register Old EC2 AMIs and Delete Old EBS Snapshots jobs.

Conclusion

In today’s ever changing cloud environment, zeal to achieve continuous availability, robustness, scalability and dynamicity spawned the rise of ‘Backup as a Service’ (BaaS).  With AWS DR automation and smart strategies you can secure make your business ‘disaster-free’. Read about the do’s and don’ts of DR Automation strategy.

Botmetric is an intelligent cloud management platform that is designed to make cloud easy for engineers. Sign up now, to see how Botmetic can help you with your Disaster recovery planning.

 

Announcing Botmetric Cost & Governance Beta in Microsoft Azure

Since 2014, we’ve been managing our Botmetric products like Cost & Governance, Security & Compliance, and Ops & Automation; for our greatest AWS users across the globe. We are happy that we managed to help enterprises to leverage cloud computing to their platform.  Now we have immense pleasure and delight to announce the beta release of Botmetric Cost & Governance in Microsoft Azure.

What is Azure?

The term ‘Azure’ stands for ‘bright blue in color like a cloudless sky’. By keeping that terminology in mind, Microsoft has adopted the term ‘Azure’ to denote their cloud computing platform-Microsoft Azure.

What makes Microsoft Azure special?

As per the definition given by Microsoft, Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services which developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through the global network of data centers. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy the instances wherever you want by using the tools, applications, and frameworks of your choice.

Azure focuses on protecting your assets by using a rigorous methodology that follows 4 milestones: Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Transparency.

How can you manage your spend on Cloud wisely?

Most of the companies migrate to public cloud by disregarding the prerequisite that cost-cutting depends on efficient management and automation. Hence it is wise that the companies follow proven best practices to reduce the spend in Azure and make optimization in a cost-effective manner.

Botmetric Cost & Governance in Azure is an integrated platform for enterprises to control their spend on the cloud. It’s an ecosystem that enables your enterprise to track the cost incurred for services that run on your cloud platform.

How can we help you?

Most of the companies migrate to public cloud by disregarding the prerequisite that cost-cutting depends on efficient management and automation. Hence it is wise that the companies follow proven best practices to reduce spend in Azure and make optimization in a cost-effective manner.

In this beta version, Botmetric has enabled Cost & Governance in Azure’s cloud platform with:

  1. Powerful dashboard – holistic view of Azure spend
  2. Azure Analyze – Deep dive into Azure cost analysis

Let’s have a look at the features of Botmetric Cost & Governance in Azure

Dashboard Overview

Botmetric Cost & Governance for Azure has a powerful dashboard that gives you a holistic overview of your overall spend under a single pane of glass. It has always proven to deliver concise information that needs minimal time to consume. It is the welcome screen which will throw insights and help you to start your day with precise required information about your Azure cloud.

Botmetric converts your Azure cost data into actionable insights that give you a comprehensive picture of your entire spending of your enterprise. With Botmetric you can view monthly usage charges, compare current Azure spend with previous month’s, review cost projections for next month or a year from a single pane. Get 360-degree visibility into your Azure spending and get smart insights to keep your Azure cloud costs under control.

How to drill down your Azure spend by using Botmetric?

View month-to-date cost trends displayed in clean graphical charts to keep a track of your monthly consumption of Azure services and respective costs. Discover those unknown spikes and dig deeper to understand and evaluate the key cost drivers and rogue elements that are causing the spikes. There are more than 8 filters that will help you to deep dive and gain desired granular data. Learn which Azure service/subscription has incurred unrealistic costs to your enterprise.

Who can use this?

Azure compatibility is available to all Botmetric users. You can pull the spending data from any Azure EA; simply configure your Azure EA by entering your Azure Enterprise Enrollment ID and API Access Key on the Credentials page to get started.

Azure Account Controls

You can include Azure Subscriptions and AWS Accounts in the same Botmetric Account Group. Use these Account Groups to restrict users’ views to specific areas of spending to group cost-based business unit or cost center.

Coming soon…

We are also providing the Save functionality in Azure for Cost & Governance where all your actionable insights on possible Azure savings converge under one roof. Users who have a major concern for savings in the cloud, have a greater opportunity and ease to save now in Azure with Botmetric.

Simplify the Cost Incurred By your Enterprise with AWS Cost Savings

Cloud Optimization tools should be capable enough to reduce the spend of your enterprise.  It is a great challenge faced by many enterprises to understand and start working on the initial steps of cloud saving measures in the AWS.

Initiate your cloud cost savings now!

To give you a better understanding on AWS Cost Savings, let’s take  Botmetric Cost & Governance as an example. It helps in easily demonstrating and understanding the cloud cost saving measures.

5 steps to save your cloud spend- ‘The Botmetric way’

Botmetric Cost & Governance progresses through 5 consecutive steps to attain the benefit your enterprise is looking forward to:

  1. Eliminate

    Remove Unused Resources

Unused cloud resource-Botmetric

AWS offers more than 70 services to suit your IT infrastructure. Hence it is crucial for your business to rightsize the resources in an ideal way to optimize cloud spending. Any unused resource can incur money to your enterprise. So it important to eliminate the unused and underutilized resources from instances.

Botmetric’s Save section under Cost & Governance is a comprehensive solution to reduce spend in all possible ways.  

  1. Optimize

Rightsize Your Running Underutilized Resources

From 70+ services of AWS like EC2, RDS, EBS with nearly 60 variants, it is always recommended to launch fewer instances at the beginning and scale-up in the future, according to the requirements.

Botmetric right-sizes your environment for AWS EC2, RDS, Redshift, ElastiCache, S3, SimpleDB, DynamoDB, Glacier, and 14 other services so that you don’t miss any possible cost saving opportunity.

Inspect if a particular family or family instance is causing unexpected behavior

AWS is an ever-evolving cloud computing platform. It introduces new EC2 types to suit the market demand. Hence, it is always wise to switch to the latest generation of instances. This will help in yielding a better performance and also in reducing the cost of operation.

Botmetric customers were able to achieve 39% savings from the Instance Family

Optimize console, which not only helps in reducing the cost of operation but also in providing a better performance of the instance.

  1. Automate

Start/Stop Dev Instances

It is not necessary that you run your workloads on an off-day. Though each running instance is billed by AWS, it is wise to stop dev instances when not required and then start it again when required. Many enterprises shut down their dev instances on Friday, late evening and restart it on Monday, early in the morning.

Botmetric automates dev instances by scheduling start/stop option. It also sends execution reports to notify the specific day and time; dev instances where stopped or restarted.

  1. Reserve

Identify Unused RIs within Running Instances and Modify Them

Unused reservations and cost leaks can result in huge and distressing bills from AWS.Putting unused RIs back to work will help save on AWS bill tremendously. Additionally, re-utilization of unused resources by analyzing current workloads is considered to be one of the best practices being followed by enterprises to reduce the spend on AWS.

Go for Reservation

AWS users who seek optimal savings go for Reserved Instances (RIs). It is observed that RIs can help save anywhere from 35 – 75% of your total bill compared to the usual pay-as-you-go model. A well-planned AWS RI plays a significant role in reducing the cloud spend.

Botmetric offers dedicated RI app in Cost & Governance for more focused

reservation planning and management.

  1. Repeat

Manage and keep track of reservations

Most of the enterprises miss out the proper management of the reservations. Many resources may be underutilized/unused over a period of time. Modifying these reservations such that it suits currently available utility must be the way forward. Proper tracking and re-utilization can set you back on track and help save cost.

Botmetric offers a perfect RI portfolio that helps your enterprise to visualize, manage, and govern your reservations in an easy and simple manner.

To Wind-up

Migration of the businesses to cloud computing services has exceptionally increased in the last decade. However, it was observed that the cost incurred by the companies after the cloud adaptation was not less than expected. All these 5 processes have to continuously flow in order to attain the cost-efficiency of AWS cloud environment.