Regain Control Of Your IT Spending

Filed in Partner & Customer Updates by Stephen Salas | January 10, 2013 12:00 pm

This is a guest post written and contributed by Sudhi Seshachala, CTO at Xervmon, a Rackspace Cloud Tools[1] partner. Xervmon[2] offers cloud management, spend analytics and budget forecasts across the entire cloud stack (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and *aaS) and legacy IT infrastructure in a single pane dashboard that is highly configurable and simple to understand.

The global increase in the number of cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and *aaS) and a major uptick in cloud adoption has introduced a host of new challenges, especially in regards to cloud management and IT spending. There is a new need for deeper analytics of IT cost, usage and spend, and for optimization across business units to realize not only business objectives but IT strategy, as well.

The growing complexity of cloud services, coupled with customers’ demand to leverage the full potential of cloud architectures, makes it challenging to track cloud spending and managing cloud resources. Further complicating this is the variable nature of costs and usage metrics associated with cloud services: they can appear relatively small on their own, and can grow exponentially as different services are added. This can make for time-consuming (i.e. costly) accounting, budgeting and strategic planning processes. This problem only worsens once you add the logistics of factoring your physical, legacy IT infrastructure into the equation.

Oftentimes, customers new to the cloud face shockingly large bills or encounter a disconnect between their perceived and actual savings. Meanwhile, organizations are wasting time trying to manually – or sometimes in a semi-automated manner — keep tabs on cloud spend.

The pay-as-you-go characteristic of the cloud has been a major economic driver for cloud adoption. But the lack of a holistic view of past spending and future forecasts that is tied tightly into IT strategy and business objectives has left stakeholders and decision makers shooting in the dark or letting waste happen through trial-and-error.

Unlike traditional IT infrastructure, where many tools exist to analyze the performance metrics; cloud infrastructure lacks a simple yet powerful tool that bridges the gap. That’s where Xervmon comes in.

Rackspace hosts Xervmon’s  infrastructure from the ground up. We first integrated with the Rackspace Cloud to monitor our own spending and usage. The Rackspace Cloud has been a blessing for us. It helped us to first test and then slowly grow with our customers’ demands. We also recently enrolled into Rackspace Cloud Startup program. And our inclusion in the Rackspace Cloud Tools program enables Rackspace Cloud customers to use Xervmon to deliver analytics on usage and cloud spend.

Chris Thomas, IT Director from American MidStream, says “Xervmon has simplified the way we manage our spend and budget. Before Xervmon, I had to wait for accounting to provide me with reports and invoices that were sometimes inaccurate or the costs would overshoot my budget. Thankfully, Xervmon removes surprises from my IT spend. Everything is actual and in real time. Xervmon’s projections are within a 3 percent to 4 percent margin of error.”

The Rackspace Cloud User Voice portal has played an important role with several features Xervmon has incorporated into the tool. In next several weeks, there are more features planned to address the machine usage analytics and smart workload management between private and public clouds including OpenStack and the Rackspace open cloud.

If stopping the waste of IT resources and having strong control of your IT budget is your No. 1 priority, then check out the Xervmon tool for FREE[3]. If you have any questions, reach out to support@xervmon.com[4].

Endnotes:
  1. Rackspace Cloud Tools: https://cloudtools.rackspace.com/home
  2. Xervmon: https://www.xervmon.com/
  3. FREE: https://apps.xervmon.com/
  4. support@xervmon.com: mailto:support@xervmon.com

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