Altron Karabina was looking for tools to support customers on their entire cloud journey, from the cloud migration through continual security, compliance, and cost optimization. They partnered with CloudCheckr and white labeled the CloudCheckr platform to give customers otherwise inaccessible analytics on costs, security, and compliance.
Licensing CloudCheckr’s platform has given Altron Karabina a competitive advantage and helps them build long-term customer relationships based on an ability to help customers not just move to the cloud but understand and optimize their entire cloud infrastructure.
Creating a Competitive Advantage
South Africa-based Altron Karabina helps customers modernize their businesses with complete digital transformations, which includes moving infrastructure to the cloud as well as building robust digital workplaces, managing and learning from corporate data, and using technology to improve customer engagement. The company’s philosophy and unique selling point in the South African market is a commitment to looking at the long-term rather than viewing cloud transitions as a project to open and close.
According to Corne Du Preez, Technical Solution Professional for Cloud Infrastructure at Altron Karabina, it’s all about helping and assisting with the entire journey to the cloud. Integrating a cloud monitoring solution into Altron Karabina’s offering made sense as a way to support this philosophy.
“I think the main thing we are trying to avoid for customers is that bill shock,” Du Preez says.
After looking at several cloud monitoring options, Altron Karabina settled on CloudCheckr for several reasons. First, the ability to partner with CloudCheckr and white label the product to their customers was key. Second, CloudCheckr was the only option that offered comprehensive monitoring.
“It was security, it was cost, it was best practices looking at the overall cloud infrastructure,” Du Preez says.
Lastly, unlike some of the other options, CloudCheckr is fast and simple to set up.
Focusing on the Customer
When Azure opened a new data center in South Africa in March of 2019, there was a huge rush among South African companies to move to the cloud and take advantage of the local infrastructure.
“Our competitors were saying, ‘how do we make a quick buck and move on?’” du Preez says. “We don’t want to be in that transactional space. We want to help the customer migrate to the cloud quickly, but also to help them navigate the cloud journey.”
CloudCheckr is a key tool to help Altron Karabina’s customers optimize their cloud environment in a way that makes sense for their business.
Starting with the In-House Trial
The first test for Altron Karabina was using CloudCheckr to manage Microsoft Azure cloud spend for the Altron Group, Altron Karabina’s parent company.
“One of the key things they said to us was the Azure spend is a little bit out of control,” Du Preez says. “They were looking at ways to prevent spending money needlessly.”
After implementing CloudCheckr, the IT department noticed a spike in costs about 20 minutes after running small internal batch files. Running this batch file was costing about $500 each time. The team went back to see what the issue was and made a couple of tweaks. Now, the same process costs $37 — a decrease of approximately 93%.
“Without this cloud management portal in place, these kinds of things would have slipped by and nobody would have been the wiser,” Du Preez says. “At the end of the month, they would just get their nice little bill and experience the cloud services shock.”