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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Your New Year's Cloud Resolution

Is it really 2017 already? Well with every new year come New Year's resolutions. What might you resolve to do differently this year?

The most common resolution is some variation of "lose weight and get in shape". The number one month for joining a gym is January and the number one month for quitting a gym is February. What if, this year, you resolve to get your cloud in shape?

Topics: Reporting Cost Management Chargeback & Showback

Using Cloud Management to Cut IT Costs

The rise in quality and accessibility of cloud computing resources have done wonders for companies on a restricting IT budget. Large enterprises were once the sole benefactors of the advanced capacities and efficiencies that high-powered bandwidth and heavy-duty data storage can give to operations. These days, cloud service providers and data centers have made it increasingly affordable to establish this level of IT infrastructure, even for small and medium-sized businesses.

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management

Chargeback & Showback - What's your Motivation?

When looking at doing Chargeback or Showback, people have different motivations and goals they wish to accomplish. Whether it is recovering costs, naming and shaming (also known as "Shameback"), or justifying the relevance of your IT department. But really whatever the reason, the truth is that you want to, in some way, change the way in which people are consuming the resources, and to make others aware of the costs involved in providing the services.

Topics: Public Cloud Private Cloud Hybrid Cloud Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management Chargeback & Showback

Shadow IT, And What To Do About It.

Frequently, when we talk to IT personnel, they tell us they’re completely sidelined by groups and individuals in other departments who take matters into their own hands by using cloud-based applications and hosted data centers. This “shadow IT” or “stealth IT” occurs when incumbent IT groups, stuck with legacy infrastructure and data management challenges, are unable to quickly or cost-effectively deliver all business requirements of a particular group. And the demands from IT’s customers, partners and regulators are changing rapidly.

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management Shadow IT

Controlling Public Cloud Costs, Part 2: Power Schedules

This is the second in a series of posts about controlling public cloud costs. The first post covered rightsizing.

Topics: AWS Azure Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management

To Rebuild, Shift or Stay, That Is the Question!

On the heels of AWS re:Invent, the question that many CIOs and CTOs should be asking is: How do I leverage the public cloud with my current homegrown apps?

Topics: Events Public Cloud Reporting Cost Management

How Public Cloud Consumption Impacts Private Cloud Cost Visibility

Two years ago, when I talked to enterprise customers about their cloud management platform (CMP) needs, many of the business drivers were the same as today. These included the desire to move to an ITaaS (IT as a Service) model, to embrace automation, and especially to increase business agility. But in that same time frame, I have noticed a significant shift in one aspect of private cloud adoption: how enterprises think about cost visibility and chargeback.

Topics: Public Cloud AWS Azure Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management Best Practices

Three Approaches to Cost Modeling for the Enterprise

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing chargeback, showback or cost accountability, there are three methodologies that I see being used. The most important factor when choosing a cost model is your motivation for doing so. So much so that when working with customers, this is the first question I ask:

Topics: Cost Management Chargeback & Showback Best Practices vCommander

The ROI of Your Cloud Management Platform

As IT organizations move towards adopting a private cloud model, many are trying to quantify the return-on-investment (ROI) of their cloud. The case for moving to a self-service cloud model is largely based on business agility, and most organizations readily admit that this is their primary driver as exhibited by this Gartner survey:

Topics: ROI ITaaS Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management

Cloud Management Software: Department Spending Reporting

Are you looking for a way to show departments what they spend?

Embotics has embedded simple-to-identify metrics based on real-life customers to compare your costs with other organizations. This enables you to show your users how they are doing compared to the budget and to other departments.

With our comprehensive Embotics® vCommander™ Cost Modeling feature, you can quickly create independent cost models for multiple hypervisors and clouds for effective workload cost comparisons. Furthermore, you can provide decision makers and stakeholders with cost transparency for informed budgetary planning, and assign ancillary costs such as support, monitoring, patch management, etc., to VMs.

With an average deployment time of less than one hour, and the ability to incorporate historical data, Embotics vCommander can demonstrate value to all stakeholders within hours—thus paying for itself in just one day.

Additionally, the ability to assign additional metadata for reporting and identification of departments, as well as the information regarding the lineage of the machine, is always included with vCommander, thus enabling accurate showback.

Embotics vCommander features include:

Chargeback & IT Costing

  • Assign and track virtual asset costs in real time
  • Provide end users with cost transparency and showback or chargeback, enabling archiving, placement and budgetary planning
  • Report on virtual infrastructure costs and growth trends

Reporting Analytics & Visualization

  • Acquire fully customized advanced search and reporting capabilities to meet all your reporting needs
  • Access with a single click an extensive library of out-of-the-box and best practice reports covering virtualization and cloud management

Comprehensive Cost Modeling

  • Quickly create independent cost models for multiple hypervisors and clouds for effective workload cost comparisons
  • Provide decision makers and stakeholders with cost transparency for informed budgetary planning
  • Assign ancillary costs such as support, monitoring, patch management, etc., to VMs

Asset & Workload Discovery

  • Easily discover all VMs that are managed and unmanaged
  • Track VM lineage for out-of-process activities that increase risk and inefficiency
  • Report on virtual infrastructure costs and growth trends

Embotics vCommander consists of twelve key feature categories. These key features can be configured to target five solutions: Private Cloud Automation, Lab Management, Microsoft Hybrid-IT, Managed Services, and Virtualization Management.

Features include:

  • Self-Service Provisioning
  • VM Lifecycle Management
  • Resource Management, Optimization & Capacity Planning
  • Chargeback & IT Costing
  • Reporting, Analytics & Visualization
  • Inventory, Change & Configuration Management
  • Delegated Administration & Distributed Operations
  • Governance, Tracking & Compliance
  • White Label Branding
  • Service Offerings
  • Snapshot Management
  • Multi-Hypervisor Management
Topics: Reporting Cost Management Chargeback & Showback