Uptime isn't alone among companies trying to help cloud users manage their spending. Cloudyn recently launched its service for AWS, helping users identify underutilized resources and making recommendations for how to cut costs. Cloudability also monitors cloud usage for customers, setting off alarms at specified thresholds and making suggestions for reining in costs.
All the companies also have Amazon to worry about. Amazon told Uptime that it wants to offer more features for customers to track usage and spending, but adding those features is low on its priority list, Bewley said.
In the meantime, Amazon has indicated it welcomes companies like Uptime that provide this kind of service, the executives said. "They're happy for us to remove the uncertainty" around costs, said Johnson.
Exorbitant bills can lead to CIOs forbidding IT departments from using cloud services. "In talking to the AWS folks, what they're finding is that cloud bill shock can ruin it for everybody," Bewley said.
Businesses can try UptimeCloud for 30 days free. Otherwise, they'll pay for the service based on the number of instances they have running on AWS. On the lower end, customers using 101 to 250 instances will pay $295 a month, 1,001 to 2,500 instances will pay $1,845 a month and 5,001 to 10,000 instances will pay $5,945 per month.