CloudHealth Launches New Tools to Operationalize AWS Savings Plans Management
Sep21

CloudHealth Launches New Tools to Operationalize AWS Savings Plans Management

CloudHealth has announced a significant expansion of its AWS Savings Plan capabilities with the general release of several new tools that help drive better business outcomes through the entire lifecycle of Savings Plans management. AWS launched Savings Plans in late 2019 to give businesses an alternative to Reserved Instances to save money on their AWS spending. CloudHealth incorporated Savings Plans into its cloud cost optimization and governance platform, initially providing customers with Cost History Reports to provide information on costs as they are incurred or over the life of the Savings Plan. Usage Reports gave customers insights into where Savings Plans had been applied to show how much compute usage was covered by the Savings Plan discounts. Convertible Reservation Exchanger was introduced to allow businesses to get the most out of their existing Reserved Instances before taking advantage of Savings Plans, and the company established a Strategic Savings Desk staffed by AWS experts to help customers with Savings Plans and discount management. Now new tools have been...

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CloudHealth FlexReports are Now Generally Available
Aug28

CloudHealth FlexReports are Now Generally Available

Historically, cloud costs and governance have been the responsibility of a small group of stakeholders; however, as cloud usage has grown it has been necessary to delegate control and governance to a much wider number of individuals. In large enterprises, there are often hundreds of decision makers who need to be provided with updated information and consistent, contextual insights into cloud cost and usage. The data sources may be the same for all decision makers, but each decision maker is likely to require answers to a different set of questions. That means they will need to access to different data or will need to see the same data in a different way. To meet this need, CloudHealth has developed FlexReports, which have now been made generally available. FlexReports have been designed to present data in a unified manner and give customers greater flexibility and control over reporting, which can help to improve collaboration across different teams in the organization. Data may need to be accessed by financial analysts, operations administrators, or developers, and each...

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Webinar: A Practitioner’s Guide to Cloud Security and Compliance Processes
Jul07

Webinar: A Practitioner’s Guide to Cloud Security and Compliance Processes

Many organizations find it difficult to keep their cloud environments secure and compliant with data protection standards as cloud usage grows. While they had effective security processes for their on-premises infrastructure, they do not always translate to the cloud and fail to mitigate risks associated with decentralized cloud usage. Ensuring security processes are in place that are effective at identifying cloud misconfigurations that could be exploited by threat actors to gain access to cloud data is essential, but if those processes are not implemented, security becomes an impossible task. One of the problems is that while standalone configurations may be correct, they can combine with other configurations which can potentially allow unauthorized access to sensitive data. These complex violation chains can be difficult to identify and are a common cause of cloud security breaches. Creating security policies to address risks can cause problems, as security policies can easily have an impact on productivity. The creation of effective security policies that do not negatively...

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CloudHealth by VMware Platform Added to Microsoft Azure Marketplace
Jun30

CloudHealth by VMware Platform Added to Microsoft Azure Marketplace

VMware has announced it has deepened its collaboration with Microsoft and has now added the CloudHealth multi-cloud management platform to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The CloudHealth platform helps organizations quantify, understand, optimize and automate cloud infrastructure and provides full visibility into an organization’s entire multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environment. The platform unites discreet data from essential cloud tools and services to give a holistic perspective of the cloud ecosystem. The increased visibility helps with organizational governance, shows cloud usage, provides recommendations for optimization to improve resource utilization and greatly reduce wastage, resulting in significant cost savings. “Having CloudHealth on the Azure Marketplace both strengthens and deepens our collaboration with Microsoft,” said Tom Axbey, GM, Cloud Management at VMware. “Moreover, it enables us to deliver on the promise of helping customers innovate at cloud speed, which has always been core to our DNA and serves as the foundation for all new CloudHealth features and...

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Webinar 6/18: Best Practices to Ensure Cloud Center of Excellence Success
Jun12

Webinar 6/18: Best Practices to Ensure Cloud Center of Excellence Success

When businesses first adopt the public cloud and migrate some of their workloads, management is straightforward but as cloud usage grows in size and complexity increases, visibility typically decreases, management becomes a challenge, and there is often considerable wastage of resources. That means that while there are clear benefits that come from the cloud, businesses often fail to achieve the maximum value from their investment. Effective management of cloud infrastructure requires the creation of a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) to oversee cloud usage, manage resources, and ensure all internal stakeholders have adopted best practices. The CCoE team must ensure close collaboration between all teams and departments that consume cloud resources, and any tasks that have been delegated are being properly managed.  The CCoE is also responsible for ensuring cloud costs are kept under control and resources are being fully utilized. Establishing a Cloud Center of Excellence is one thing, ensuring it is successful and achieves its goals is another. CCoEs often struggle to manage...

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CloudHealth Swaps In-Person Conferences for Online Demos During COVID-19 Pandemic
Jun05

CloudHealth Swaps In-Person Conferences for Online Demos During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to accelerate their digital transformation plans in order to better support a fully remote workforce and there has been an increased focus on improving cost efficiency and eliminating wastage during the pandemic. These are areas where CloudHealth by VMware’s solutions are invaluable. CloudHealth usually attends many conferences and trade shows to showcase its solution which helps companies with cost management, governance, automation, security, and performance, but the pandemic has put a stop to these in-person events. CloudHealth has responded by going 100% virtual. The recent CloudLIVE conference was scaled back from a 3-day in-person event to a 1-day virtual event, which was a tremendous success. Following on from that event, CloudHealth has announced the company will be conducting a series of 30-minute virtual group demos as a replacement for the missed trade shows.  During the group demos, CloudHealth will introduce its platform and will demonstrate the benefits. As with the in-person events, attendees will find out more about...

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CloudHealth Rolls out FlexOrgs and Advanced Permissions
May21

CloudHealth Rolls out FlexOrgs and Advanced Permissions

CloudHealth has announced the general availability of two new features of its cloud management and cost control platform: FlexOrgs and Advanced User Permissions. When businesses scale up the use of public clouds, complexity increases and traditional management tools become far less effective.  Enterprises with hundreds of cloud consumers using thousands of different services can struggle to effectively manage their cloud usage and there is often considerable wastage as a result. Even when a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) is established as a point of control and visibility it can be hard to manage and govern the enterprise cloud environment, especially at scale. Since the CCoE usually consists of a small group of individuals, in order to effectively manage the entire cloud environment, some responsibilities need to be delegated to business units, departments, and teams. It is essential to have the right tools in place to support the CCoE that will work under this setup, but most management tools do not support this approach. CloudHealth’s FlexOrgs and Advanced User Permissions...

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CloudHealth Creates Optimization Desk to Help Customers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Apr28

CloudHealth Creates Optimization Desk to Help Customers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has made optimizing cloud resources a challenge. During uncertain times it is difficult to determine what is required in terms of Reserved Instances or Savings Plans. Businesses that make too great a commitment will end up paying for resources that are not fully utilized and erring on the side of caution could result in having to pay for On-Demand resources at a much greater cost. The uncertainty has also been reflected in AWS spot instance market, which has been particularly volatile during the pandemic and seen large fluctuations in costs. The pandemic has also caused volatility in the currency markets which can also impact cloud bills and change reservation buying strategies. The changes in working practices that the pandemic has forced, has also seen a major rise in demand for remote productivity tools, which complicates cloud resource optimization further. To help customers optimize their cloud infrastructure correctly and keep their cloud costs down during these uncertain times, CloudHealth has launched a new Optimization Desk....

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May 20, 2020: CloudHealth Takes CloudLIVE 100% Virtual
Apr02

May 20, 2020: CloudHealth Takes CloudLIVE 100% Virtual

CloudLIVE is the industry-leading multicloud conference dedicated to transforming and scaling businesses in the cloud. The conference is hosted by CloudHealth by VMware and draws in professionals from across the cloud computing industry from all around the world. CloudLIVE started life two years ago as an in-person event running over three days. Attendees can learn best practices in cloud management, find out about the latest cloud trends, and get to meet cloud leaders who share a mission of harnessing the power of the cloud to fuel innovation. In September 2019, the event took place at the Boston Encore Hotel but the COVID-19 pandemic has meant an in-person event was a non-starter. Rather than cancel such a valuable and important event, CloudHealth by VMware has taken CloudLIVE online. The event has been shortened from 3 days to a single day and will take place on May 20, 2020. The event kicks off at 8 a.m and will run until sunset, and throughout the day content will be streamed to hundreds of people. There will be industry-leading breakout sessions, customer-led sessions with...

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CloudHealth by VMware Joins the Cloud Security Alliance Security, Trust & Assurance Registry
Jan30

CloudHealth by VMware Joins the Cloud Security Alliance Security, Trust & Assurance Registry

CloudHealth by VMware has announced it became a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) registrant on January 23, 2020. The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the use of best practices to provide security assurance in cloud computing. The CSA has developed a library of online courses to help its 80,000 worldwide members ensure their cloud environments are properly secured. The CSA also hosts many webinars, events, and community discussions as part of its efforts to educate the business community on cloud security. Cloud service providers can take advantage of the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry Program, which allows them to become certified against industry standards. Cloud customers can use the registry to find cloud companies that meet the level of assurance they need, and to find out more about the measures each vendor has implemented to protect cloud infrastructure and safeguard cloud data. Cloud service providers that have validated their cloud security offerings and been certified can...

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Support for AWS Savings Plans Incorporated into CloudHealth Platform
Nov20

Support for AWS Savings Plans Incorporated into CloudHealth Platform

AWS has recently introduced Savings Plans, which offer an alternative way to save money on cloud costs than purchasing Reserved Instances (RIs). By using RIs, it is possible to achieve savings of up to 72% compared to On Demand prices. When usage goes above what has been reserved in advance, the additional usage is charged at On Demand rates. Savings Plans similarly allow businesses to make savings of up to 72% compared to On Demand prices. At launch, businesses can only take advantage of Savings Plans on EC2 and Fargate services, so they will not be suitable for every AWS customer. To take advantage of Savings Plans, it is necessary to make a commitment of between 1 and 3 years and you will receive a discount for that commitment. Under Savings Plans, rather than committing to a certain amount of usage, as is the case with RIs, customers are committing to a minimum dollar per hour spend, for example, $10 per hour. As with RIs, usage above the usage committed to under Savings Plans is charged at the On Demand rate. Savings Plans are automatically applied where the greatest savings...

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Study Explores State of the Cloud for MSPs
Sep26

Study Explores State of the Cloud for MSPs

Many Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have realized the cloud is the key to growth and success over the next few years. Assisting companies that are taking a cloud-first approach as part of their digital transformation will help MSPs boost their profits, but there are many challenges that need to be overcome to ensure success. To explore the opportunities and challenges faced by MSPs in a multicloud world, CloudHealth by VMware recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a survey to identify the state of the cloud for MSPs. The survey was conducted online on 245 Managed Service Providers, and directors, VPs and executives within MSPs that organize service offerings were interviewed. The findings of the survey have been published in the report, The State of the Cloud for MSPs. MSPs expect their cloud offerings to drive growth by around 40% in the next two years but many MSPs have faced significant challenges operating in a multicloud world which they are struggling to overcome. 80% of surveyed MSPs said multicloud challenges were impacting their ability to provide services...

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CloudHealth Launches Solution That Gives Visibility into Cost, Usage, and Performance of Hybrid Cloud Resources
Aug27

CloudHealth Launches Solution That Gives Visibility into Cost, Usage, and Performance of Hybrid Cloud Resources

CloudHealth By VMware is about to launch a new solution to help businesses with hybrid cloud management and optimization: CloudHealth Hybrid. CloudHealth Technologies was acquired by VMware a year ago and became CloudHealth By VMware. The acquisition has boosted investment in the public cloud by 88% and, during the past year, CloudHealth’s customer base has increased by 29%. CloudHealth now has more than 180 partners worldwide and serves more than 7,000 business customers. More than $8.8 billion in public cloud spending is now managed through the platform. The company is a leader in multicloud management and now hybrid cloud customers will soon be provided with a solution that gives full visibility into cost, usage, and performance for all their hybrid cloud resources. CloudHealth Hybrid, which will be released by the end of Q3, 2019, incorporates the functionality of the CloudHealth Data Center and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC), which have been combined into a single SaaS offering. vRealize helps organizations achieve operational efficiency and automation, while...

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