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Cornell University Aces Cloud Cost Management in Higher Ed

December 19th, 2016

The higher education space can present serious cloud governance challenges for internal IT and finance teams. For a leading Ivy League institution like Cornell University, with over 70 AWS accounts across campus (and growing!), efficiently managing aspects of AWS like billing, inventory, and utilization relies upon leveraging the actionable insights and automation enabled by the CloudCheckr platform. We sat down with Sarah Christen and Nicole Rawleigh from Cornell’s thriving Cloudification Team to discuss how CloudCheckr has enabled them to unify visibility across accounts to dramatically simplify operations and save time. CloudCheckr: Thanks so much for chatting with us, Sarah and […]

AWS re:Invent 2016 Announcements to Make Note Of

December 13th, 2016

In the few weeks since AWS re:Invent, we’ve enjoyed connecting with customers and peers to discuss implications of the long list of Amazon product announcements at the event—over a dozen pertaining to AWS cloud in particular. In the dynamic cloud space, it will be interesting to see how organizations utilize new functionality of AWS cloud to innovate faster. As we head into the New Year, there are no signs of slowing down—and we don’t think you should, either. Here are our takes on a few of the most noteworthy news of re:Invent 2016: Larger T2 Instance types The addition of […]

The Official Cloud Cost Optimization Checklist

December 6th, 2016

Managing the cost of cloud infrastructure is critical for successful IT, DevOps, Security, and Finance teams. Comprehensive cloud cost management can reduce Amazon Web Services (AWS) expenses by up to 30 percent. As we near the end of 2016, it’s time to take a closer look at how your organization can better manage and optimize cloud costs. The key, of course, is balancing the many variables of running AWS environments. From choosing between different reserved instance types to deciding which time commitment is right for your organization, managing AWS costs can seem like a daunting task. Check out the video below to see the top areas your […]

AWS re:Invent Recap: Considerations for Hackproofing Your Cloud

December 5th, 2016

We’re still recovering from a whirlwind week of AWS news and networking at re:Invent 2016! As always, we enjoyed the opportunity to discuss cloud cost, security, and automation with so many of our peers and customers. It was especially great to see over 5% of all re:Invent attendees register for Aaron Newman’s session, Hackproofing Your Cloud. If you missed the live session, download his slides to learn about important considerations and best practices for AWS cloud security. Key pieces you will take away from the presentation include: Clear perspective on data security (implications of hosting in the cloud versus old […]

The 5 Must-See Reports to Make the Most of Your CloudCheckr Trial

December 5th, 2016

CloudCheckr offers a feature-rich, two-week evaluation experience for MSPs and AWS resellers, enterprises, and government agencies looking to experience our unified cloud governance platform first-hand. Although two weeks may not seem like quite enough time to really see benefits from such a comprehensive tool, it certainly can be—especially with a plan of action. In fact, many customers see immediate value from using the CloudCheckr app to gain cost, utilization, and security insights across their AWS environment. We put together our shortlist of the five CloudCheckr reports you need to explore to monitor, manage, and optimize your cloud in just a […]

CloudCheckr 4.9 Debuts New Capabilities for AWS re:Invent

November 28th, 2016

We are happy to announce the latest app release for CloudCheckr, which includes a handful of new features and capabilities to enable even more efficient cloud management. We couldn’t be more excited to head to AWS re:Invent this week with the ability to discuss the newest additions to the CloudCheckr platform. Sign up for a free, 14-day trial to experience the new features. Some notable highlights include: Payee support costs now calculated during the month Costs for Payee Support Charges will now be calculated as the month progresses to create additional visibility for AWS Payer account holders, enabling them to […]

Automate Enterprise Cloud Cost and Security with Turbot and CloudCheckr

November 21st, 2016

Integrating tools across teams has always been a challenge—and the cloud has added even more complexity to the equation. As Enterprises aim to unify and streamline their infrastructure and operations to support AWS, tools like Turbot Guardrails are becoming invaluable for keeping IT tools and teams in sync across all AWS accounts. Turbot lives on top of the AWS console and provides businesses visibility and control across AWS accounts. Turbot’s Guardrails enforces access control for many users across many accounts, enabling easier security and accountability for large enterprises. Turbot recently integrated CloudCheckr into its core product, extending additional capabilities into a consistent policy and […]

How Cloudar Leverages CloudCheckr to Accelerate Cloud Agility and Grow Their AWS Practice

November 18th, 2016

As the AWS services portfolio continues to expand, Enterprises look to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Resellers for critical guidance to enable and drive value through cloud computing. Cloudar, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and Channel Reseller, is one of the key service providers delivering this value to Enterprise in the EMEA region. Cloudar has seen its practice expand geometrically as it provides expert advice to its customers on everything from core cost management issues to complex architectural questions. For us at CloudCheckr, we are proud to provide one of the underlying tools used by Cloudar to help scale their […]

A Note from CloudCheckr’s New CTO

November 14th, 2016

Hi, I’m Patrick Gartlan. I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of CloudCheckr’s leadership team. The public cloud is an exciting place, and CloudCheckr is leading the way in building a comprehensive enterprise-ready cloud management platform (CMP). I cannot overstate how excited I am to join the team, and to help CloudCheckr as it continues to empower thousands of customers and AWS users. I have been immersed in the cloud space since founding Koofer’s—and migrating it to the cloud—in 2008. Most recently, I spent the past 4 years at Ellucian where I was the Director of Cloud Architecture. […]

AWS London Enterprise Summit

November 14th, 2016

Coming away from last week’s AWS London Enterprise Summit gave us plenty of great food for thought, as we speed towards the end of the month and AWS re:Invent. The event, for us, was very much about great quality conversations with our peers and prospects in the cloud space. We recognized two core themes among AWS users that we expect to continue proliferating. Cloud Management versus Single Solution When businesses first migrate to the cloud, it can be easy to get caught up in the many components of cost management. But as enterprises mature in cloud adoption after the initial […]

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