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Article Amazon Web Services October 31, 2016

3 Decisions MSPs Need to Make Before Changing Cloud Management Providers

CloudCheckr provides the data insights needed to align DevOps, Finance, and IT teams around their cloud. But alignment starts even before you set up your account.

If you’re getting ready to take the plunge to CloudCheckr, there are a few things you can start planning for with your team today. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the top considerations and conversations to ensure your CloudCheckr integration will be as successful as possible.

1. Start thinking about custom cost configurations. With CloudCheckr, you can customize based on:

  • Support charges
  • Custom usage rates
  • Integrated third party costs
  • RI sharing/unsharing

Discuss these with your Finance team to understand areas where you can or should customize payee billing. An important element of that discussion will be planning how List Cost is presented, so you maintain all the visibility you need while controlling what your customer sees.

2. Create a plan of attack for re-creating customer accounts. Some key steps you’ll want to cover:

  • Ensure access to payee AWS Management Console, or obtain credentials. Our Support hub offers tips on how to do this.
  • Organize and plan how you will add users. (CloudCheckr allows bulk-creation of new users within an account, as well as offers an API for account and user creation.)
  • Figure out which customer accounts should be grouped together as an Account Family.

Work with your DevOps and Finance teams to align unique customer account settings with cost configurations. Taking note of the settings in your previous cost management tool is always a good idea to ensure the same settings are applied within CloudCheckr. Once it’s setup, you won’t need to worry about it again.

3. Decide how much of CloudCheckr your customers will see.

  • Reports
    • Cost: Typically, our MSP and reseller customers will offer a roundup of all cost reports offered within CloudCheckr. If so, ensure they are limited to List Cost only (both on the user level and in Payee List Cost options).
    • Security, Utilization, & Inventory: Many of our MSPs also offer their customers reporting on security, utilization, and inventory to unify their cloud management efforts.

Perusing reporting options can inform which modules make sense for your business. With many different reports and alert settings, it’s easy to find ways to add value for your customers.

These are just a couple of discussions you can bring to the table now to facilitate a smooth CloudCheckr setup for your team. Once you’re ready to dig in, we’ll be there all the way to help keep your cloud in check.

Ready to get set up? Drop us a line.

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