Microsoft Azure users have a new option for monitoring, comparing and “rightsizing” their cloud deployments and assets now that Cloudyn has expanded its cloud monitoring and optimization software to include Azure support.
Customers had previously been able to use Cloudyn for insight into their use of other cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Engine, Rackspace, and OpenStack, as well as multi-cloud deployments using its Cost Allocation 360° tool.
The addition of Azure this week means Cloudyn essentially supports the broadest array of cloud computing platforms for multi-cloud management.
Sharon Wagner, Cloudyn co-founder and CEO, told the WHIR that this was mainly driven by enterprise customers that were using Cloudyn to monitor their Amazon deployments, and wanted the same capabilities when dealing with Microsoft Azure.
He notes that the Azure APIs are able to collect the performance metrics the service needs to provide core performance and usage monitoring, as well as actionable recommendations for sizing.
And one of the most exciting features is that it can help companies compare Azure with other cloud hosting options to find the best hosting solution. “We have tools that allow you to select a subset of your deployment and you can compare it to other clouds – either public or private. And we give you the optimum configuration and the optimum price based on the options out there.”
Cloudyn is most often used to compare different cloud offerings when deploying new workloads to the cloud, and some companies are using it to get a sense of how much it would cost to migrate applications from on-premise to cloud services. But as more companies build their applications from the ground up to run in the cloud and by using technologies like Docker containers, migration between cloud services based on price and performance data might become more common because of the greater application portability.
Wagner notes that, although intriguing, few clients have specifically requested monitoring and reporting on the underlying infrastructure below Docker. “We don’t have concrete plans to support it in the next two or three quarters,” he said.
Wagner said that based on the Azure customers using Cloudyn in beta, the general usage and cost patterns are very similar to that of AWS customers: “80 percent of their bill will be allocated to compute, with the remainder being split between network and storage. So, it’s very similar to what’s going on in Amazon Web Services.”
And while there are a few particular features within Azure that might interest users of Microsoft technologies, Azure appears to be becoming more standard and equivalent to AWS. “Microsoft obviously introduced additional services that are more tailored to Microsoft applications,” Wagner said. “But from what we see, there is no big advantage there for clients – and some clients are running non-Microsoft applications on Azure. It’s almost like Microsoft Azure is trying to become agnostic towards technology as much as possible to accommodate any workloads.”
Not only can businesses improve their control of cloud expenditures, but Managed Service Providers, system integrators, and cloud resellers can also use Cloudyn’s MSP offering to manage all clients in a single solution that optimizes their profit margins and provides customers with Cloudyn’s value added services.
Cloudyn’s SaaS-based module for Microsoft’s Azure is currently available as a free trial for a limited time, and a webinar on Azure Monitoring and Optimization for more information will be conducted Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 1pm.