In response to that challenge, 2W Atlas provides a compelling interface that gives IT administrators a visual representation of their cloud infrastructure. By delivering instant insight into what's been deployed and how, enterprises can pinpoint configuration challenges, make changes instantly (instead of within weeks), and can dig into cloud formation scripts to see if an architecture was changed. This improves the performance and enhances the security of public cloud deployments.
2W Atlas also integrates with the company's cloud billing and management software, 2W Insight. This helps simplify the costing and management of AWS resources by providing running cost estimation prior to deployment, and delivers resource allocations and chargebacks by project, business unit or user.
The company has also taken things one step further by integrating 2W Atlas with AWS CloudTrail, Amazon's new user visibility and resource tracking service. Organizations can now use the 2W Atlas visualization solution to get instant alerts when changes are made to key cloud infrastructures, such as security groups.
According to the company, the integration with AWS CloudTrail will allow administrators to log changes that are made to AWS services and evaluate them against known cloud deployments. The normal changes are simply added to the log, but critical changes are bubbled up as an alert in the 2W Atlas product to make sure that critical infrastructure changes are tracked and made auditable.
As 2013 comes to a close, companies will need to decide between investing more money in privately owned data centers and moving applications to public cloud infrastructures like Amazon. It's obvious where 2nd Watch and its investors are placing their bets.
What does your company have planned in 2014? More private data center spend? Or is it looking to the public cloud?
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