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Why Every Cloud-Based Organization Should Have a Cloud Financial Administrator

March 14th, 2017

It’s impossible to deny the increasing velocity of cloud adoption, but organizations that wish to maximize their cloud investment must consider adopting yet another new concept: the cloud financial administrator. Tech industry experts at 451 Research have culled the insights from leading enterprises operating in the cloud to support the case for this new role. Download “Now Hiring: Cloud Financial Administrators” 451 analyst William Fellows explains, “As enterprises look to adopt clouds across their entire organizations, it will be increasingly important to align procurement processes with the on-demand, variable consumption nature of cloud.” Of course, tools like CloudCheckr are useful […]

Multiple New Reports, for Multiple Account Views

March 9th, 2017

The focus in February has been on adding even more reports, in particular for Multiple Account Views (MAVs.) These reports, as requested by our power users who manage several accounts, enable administrators to see the status of their entire operation, even across AWS and Azure cloud platforms. CloudCheckr administrators love the ability to analyze the use of their Cloud so we strive to deliver more ways to stay in control of your infrastructure. Want more reports? Let us know what enhancements you would like us to make! Try CloudCheckr for free to see what’s new. Here’s an overview of what […]

CloudCheckr and Datadog Partnership Enables Meaningful Metrics for AWS Users

March 6th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce our recent integration with Datadog, a cloud monitoring tool and fellow AWS partner. We are constantly seeking new ways to provide deeper, more useful analytics to help our customers make the most of their public cloud spend. This integration is just the latest to ensure CloudCheckr customers have a single pane of glass view across their infrastructure; insights from Datadog’s powerful data analytics platform are now instantly available from within the CloudCheckr dashboard. “CloudCheckr makes cloud resource management easier by providing historical data, performance trends, and recommendations based on your AWS usage in one dashboard. Datadog’s […]

AWS Outage Takeaways: To Err is Human, But Not a Best Practice

March 6th, 2017

There is an expression, “To err is human, but to really mess things up, you need a computer.” That could describe the recent #AWSoutage, which caused many websites to malfunction. To Amazon’s credit, they were quite specific in revealing the cause of the outage, specifically a typo in a command issued by an operator. Amazon explains it this way: “At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one […]

AWS S3 Outage Shows We’re All In This Together

March 2nd, 2017

There’s no upside to downtime. Many cloud experts are responding to Amazon’s recent outage by touting the reliability of Amazon’s S3 storage solutions and the AWS Cloud in general, and they’re correct when they do so. Amazon has a deservedly solid reputation for availability (they claim 99.99% uptime). But the truth is, the news will always cover airplane crashes and not the number of planes that safely take off and land every minute of every day. Make no mistake: we are so dependent on the cloud that one day, such an outage could become a matter of life or death. […]

Critical Opportunities MSPs Can’t Miss to Grow AWS Margins Now

March 1st, 2017

The cloud has further commoditized infrastructure. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and AWS resellers now must determine how to add value to increase profitability. We typically see 7% margins achieved with AWS—but there is always potential to increase that number. MSPs and resellers should ask themselves how they can grow these margins—and what is their growth potential? Or, if margins can’t be increased, how can volume scale, or services be added? Understanding the most critical drivers of margins for MSPs and resellers will enable maximum returns and business growth. Billing Optimization Billing structure is at the core of the AWS reseller […]

Revamping the AWS Users Group in Rochester NY

February 27th, 2017

CloudCheckr is excited to kickstart the spring with the AWS Users Group here in Rochester NY. Tomorrow,  we’re hosting an event for all AWS users (from new to power users), or anybody interested in migrating to the cloud. We’re looking forward to a presentation from AWS Global Startup Evangelist, Mackenzie Kosut. We’ll also be doing a quick recap of the Best of Re:Invent 2016, followed by a demo of the cool new Rekognition service. There will also be time to network with other AWS users while enjoying food and refreshments. We think it’s important for people to bounce ideas off […]

Optimize Your EC2 Fleet: Spot Instances Webinar

February 23rd, 2017

AWS Spot Instances offer organizations to save money on excess compute capacity; any organization running their business in the cloud should be taking advantage of the Spot Market. However, fluctuating capacity or workload interruptions are an unfortunate reality of Spot Instances that often deter AWS cloud users from using them for mission-critical applications. CloudCheckr Spot Management, powered by Spotinst, is the latest addition to our comprehensive cloud management platform. CloudCheckr Spot Management can save up to 80% in cloud costs, while ensuring 100% availability for critical workloads. Join us for a free webinar, Thursday, March 2, to hear more about how […]

Allgress RPM Tool Features CloudCheckr As Compliance Partner for AWS

February 16th, 2017

Allgress, a configuration partner of AWS, has released a new solution called Allgress Marketplace Regulatory Product Mapping Tool (RPM), which features CloudCheckr as a viable solution partner to enable industry-mandated security standards such as PCI, NIST, and FISMA. The RPM tool is designed to help AWS users reduce complexity, increase speed, and reduce time needed to achieve compliance. In particular, RPM’s Product Explorer offers AWS customers a way to easily identify solutions that will help them reach specific regulatory security requirements. As we’ve seen in recent studies, security and compliance remain the major blockers for organizations in regulated industries looking to […]

Announcing CloudCheckr Spot Management

February 15th, 2017

We are thrilled to introduce CloudCheckr Spot Management, the latest addition to our comprehensive cloud management platform, to help businesses leverage excess Spot Instance capacity from AWS computing resources at a low cost. In addition to On-Demand and Reserved Instances, AWS Spot Instances offer great potential for cost savings and flexible, dedicated capacity; any organization running their business in the cloud should be taking advantage of the Spot Market. However, fluctuating capacity or workload interruptions are an unfortunate reality of Spot Instances that often deter AWS cloud users from using them for mission-critical applications. CloudCheckr Spot Management, powered by Spotinst, […]

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