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December 02, 2011

Cloud Cruiser, SHI and HP Partnership Leads to Lower Risk, Increased Savings from the Cloud

Cloud Cruiser has partnered with SHI and HP to reduce risk and increase savings when CIOs opt for cloud computing.

Cloud Cruiser – a cloud cost management solutions provider – said SHI developed a cloud computing offering featuring technology from Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert) and Cloud Cruiser’s chargeback and billing system.

Businesses should have the right components in any cloud solution – including cost management software – such as Cloud Cruiser. Its software lets businesses manage and review costs by units, departments, projects and even individual users.

Ken Won, director of Product Marketing for Cloud Software, HP, said there are differences among cloud service providers.

“If you’re concerned about security, availability, reliability, scalability, you want to choose a provider whose underlying technology is proven,” Won advised.

“We’re a company that has been around for a long time, providing mission-critical hardware and software that’s battle tested. That’s definitely a benefit,” Won added.

SHI features something called “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” (IaaS) so business units can “access the data center infrastructure and applications they need via the Internet, and pay only for the resources they’re actually using,” according to a company statement. That leads to lower costs.

“While the cloud offers the promise of cost savings through virtualization and elastic provisioning, its distributed and dynamic nature makes it difficult for IT departments to track, control and optimize costs,” explained Sean Casey, vice president of Business Development for Cloud Cruiser. “Our cloud cost management solution was architected specifically for leading cloud providers like SHI to provide their customers with granular end-to-end cost visibility, resource usage chargeback, proactive budgets, alerts, and consumption forecasting.”

Making custom reports is easy, too, according to Ken Kapes, a research fellow at SHI. “They’ll be able to break down usage data any way they need to – by department, by group, even by individual virtual machine host name,” he said.

“Cloud Cruiser enables customers to set budgets for every department, project and user who accesses the cloud and customizes an alert system so that budgets are not exceeded,” Casey added. “Because each user is able to view and manage their own costs at a granular level, they can come to the cloud confident that IT costs will remain in their control and in line with their business objectives.”

In other recent news, Cloud Cruiser says it partnered recently with Nimbula and Gale Technologies (News - Alert), according to TMCnet.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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