FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure: Features

Cloud Cost and Usage Management for Amazon Web Services


Optimize Your Cloud Spending and Usage

With FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure, organizations can see which business units are spending the most money, how much unused instances are costing them, spending patterns and trends, and spending by service types such as Amazon EC2, Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, Amazon VPC and Amazon RDS. In addition, they can see utilization patterns including which instances are underutilized, when reservations are expiring, and usage trends.

This provides unprecedented visibility into cloud infrastructure usage and spend, and enables organizations to perform more detailed analysis for fact-based decision making.

Provide Financial Transparency for Chargeback/Showback

Many IT organizations are transitioning to a service broker model, where they provide a mix of their own offerings and also manage the services purchased from external cloud providers. These IT organizations focus less on the technology and more as business enablers and the value delivered.

Part of that transformation is the need for accountability, and many companies are putting in place systems to chargeback for consumption of IT services. FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure enables you to see detailed cost analysis of all cloud infrastructure spending. This helps you align expenditures to budgets, provide detailed usage reports by department or cost center, and charge for actual service consumption.

Optimize Your Amazon Web Services Instances

Amazon Web Services offers two primary ways to purchase their infrastructure services. An On-Demand instance lets you pay by the hour for computing power, with no long term commitments. These flexible and elastic cloud infrastructure services are used by thousands of companies for their ease of purchase, and deployment.

Amazon Reserved Instances are purchased for specific contract terms, and can be obtained for up to 75% less than an On-Demand Instance. These work best for enterprises with applications that have predictable usage. Reserved Instances however, have restrictions in terms of capacity, utilization, location, and other attributes. This could lead to over purchasing if cloud requirements change, as some of these Reserved Instances attributes cannot be reassigned.

Which Amazon EC2 instance type is right for your organization? FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure helps determine the most cost effective option for your business.

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