Cloud vendors are delivering boatloads of new tools to help enterprise IT build, buy, manage, monitor, tweak and track cloud services. These tools are designed to help IT execs free up their budgets and their staff so both can be used towards more strategic, line of business projects.
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We surveyed cloud practitioners and came up with this list of the most useful cloud tools. Here are their top 10 picks.
Category: Cloud cost analytics
Cloudability is a financial management tool for monitoring and analyzing all cloud expenses across an organization. It aggregates expenditures into reports, helps identify opportunities for reducing costs, offers budget alerts and recommendations via SMS and email, and provides APIs for connecting cloud billing and usage data to any business or financial system. The company in February announced that it currently monitors over $250 million in cloud costs, which is double what it monitored less than six months ago.
Product: S3 Life-Cycle Tracker, EC2 Reservation Detector, RDS Reservation Detector
Category: Cloud optimization
These tools are designed to help corporate IT from overbuying Amazon cloud resources. Cloudyn's suite of services gives users a dashboard showing detailed information on all of their virtual machine instances, databases, and storage. Cloudyn then provides insights into inefficiencies and suggestions on how to get rid of them. Currently focused on Amazon's cloud, the company has stated in the past that it will work on tools that track usage in Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, and GoGrid in the future.
Company: Dell Boomi
Category: Cloud Integration
AtomSphere is a cloud-based software platform as a service used by customers that want to integrate their various cloud-based applications with each other and with on-premise applications. New functionality provided as part of an upgrade last summer allows usage of multiple data sources and reservation of cloud resources for real-time data transfer in integration processes. The company announced in February that the AtomSphere platform is now handling more than a million integration processes per day. That number is 250 percent higher than it was a year ago.
Category: Cloud infrastructure management