Most business are now turning to cloud computing to get solutions to a number of the challenges that they faced in their IT operations. Why? Moving to the cloud lifts the yolk of heavy investment in infrastructure off the companies.
Before it, companies had to look for supercomputers with huge storage spaces for their data. In addition, there had to be qualified personnel to see ensure that the data was safe and the machines operate optimally. Thus, cloud computing greatly cuts the costs of setting up and running IT operations.
Another benefit that cloud computing brings to a company is security of the data stored. An enterprise can be raided and the equipment stolen, hence leading to the loss of crucial company data.
A Company may also lose its data due to natural calamities – fire, floods and others. With cloud computing, even if the company premises are razed to the ground, operations will still continue after just a few hours as the backup is well secured.
Speaking of smooth operations, the staff can work from anywhere with cloud computing. This is great for global companies with employees across the globe and also for those that allow their staff to work remotely: cloud computing allows for work to be done from anywhere.
Clearly, cloud computing is very crucial to a business in this digital age. Therefore, a company that opts for it needs a sound cloud management platform in order to utilize all the benefits of cloud computing.
What is CloudHealth?
CloudHealth is a global platform that covers and supports all areas of cloud service management. It is aimed at improving how organizations manage theirs cloud environments in order to align them with business objectives and improve efficiency. CloudHealth Technologies is a Boston-based company founded in 2012 by four private investors; Dan Phillips, Joe Kinsella, Dave Eicher and Jai Das.
The solutions offered by CouldHealth are: could visibility, cloud cost management, resource utilization, could security, could migration, hybrid and multi-cloud, cloud scalability, cloud governance and container optimization. These solutions help companies to collect useful data from their clouds that are needed to make crucial business decisions.
CloudHealth has won a number of awards in the industry with one of the key ones being the Innovative Cloud Technology of the Year award at Mass Technology Leadership Council’s 18th Annual Technology Leadership Awards Gala in 2015. It takes pride in 97% customer satisfaction and retention rate.
Partial reporting systems can produce disparate data sets that are so difficult to put together in terms of analysis, time and expertise needed. Being a hybrid cloud management platform, CloudHealth users do not need another software as it comprehensively covers all the areas of the cloud ecosystem. Companies have all they need from their clouds in a single multi-cloud dashboard hence can optimize costs and performance with ease; it acts as a cloud information hub.
CloudHealth’s simple but comprehensive multi-cloud dashboard lets users analyze reports and metrics with ease. The advanced reporting infrastructure enhances performance management, migration assessment and containers monitoring. Users can evaluate their cloud services holistically as frequent as by the hour. They are also able to compare system performance in different time periods to check for inefficiencies, security threats and costs. Therefore, organizations gain a competitive advantage as the reports help in optimization of resources and also promotes transparency in the use of the cloud services.
Round the clock customer support
The company has a dedicated support team for platform users, offers onboarding sessions and regular training. Professional onboarding has a 30-60-90 day check-ins – long enough to allow the users learn and master the platform for optimum performance. As part of the onboarding process, users get access to Q&A sessions handled by industry professionals in the company. The onboarding also offers comprehensive hands-on training and configuration enablement.
CloudHealth further offers continuous web-based training conducted by industry experts that is divided into five modules. Users can opt for live webinars or get the sessions at their own time form the database. As different industries use cloud in different ways, CloudHealth has the option of conducting personalized trainings upon request. If users get stuck after the onboarding and trainings, there is a team of Solution Architects and Technical Account Managers who can be contacted for help. The company also provides the services of a cloud service management expert to help with tasks that cannot be handled by the users’ staff.
Another key benefit of CloudHealth is that the platform allows for customization of reports to match individual organization’s business goals. The platform’s “Perspective” feature lets users get reports based on specific business parameters. It lets users to organize their budgets, monitoring systems and governance policies based on an organization’s objectives thus helping them to easily determine whether the cloud service is meeting their specific business needs. Once the Perspectives are set, there is no need to keep adjusting them with every change in the environment as they will automatically adapt and assign assets based on the previously defined parameters.
Real-time optimization and resource utilization
CloudHealth’s multi-cloud dashboard allows users to monitor their cloud systems in real-time thus enabling them to quickly identify usage patterns. Therefore, users can easily asses and adjust various aspects of the cloud infrastructure in order to efficiently utilize resources and optimize performance.
Governance and Security
The platform has an intelligent cloud governance system that helps to set checks and controls of an organization’s cloud environment through custom policies. As part of the governance process, it automatically reviews a could system, uncovers security risks and promptly notifies users with relevant recommendations based on the analysis before they get out of hand.
Reliable data collection
CloudHealth has an internally managed auto-scaled infrastructure automatically collects data from hosted services. This gives flexibility in data collection to those using open APIs as they can reliably aggregate data from industry leaders like AWS, Azure, and Google.
The software has an aggregator feature enables users to collect data from computers without having to install any new agents the infrastructure. The aggregator allows users to deploy an agentless collector to the organization’s computers that are hosted and local systems.
CloudHealth, being a hybrid platform that covers all areas of cloud service management, handles most of the tasks needed in cloud operation. However, if a user wants to integrate a third party solution to their cloud management tools, they can do so. Organizations can have several data streams channeled through the CloudHealth platform for a holistic monitoring of the cloud infrastructure.
Other than real-time analysis, CloudHealth allows users to analyze and compare the performance of their cloud services between different periods in order to note the trends. Once the users have integrated all aspects of their cloud ecosystem and data sets, they can specify a time frame and a get trended report. The users can also subscribe to have the reports sent to their emails at a given frequency – hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or even annually. These trended reports give useful insights into resource usage patterns, performance, and cost; making it easy to optimize the resources for optimum output.
Time saving automation
CloudHealth’s automation capability saves users a lot of time as all they need to do is set the relevant commands and let the platform execute them. The platform can automatically manage budgets, allocate resources, initiate workflows and flag security threats without constant human intervention. All these possibilities free up the personnel for other tasks in the organization.
CloudHealth platform allows users to import or export data with ease. Users can add data to the platform from third party sources for analysis. The reports can be exported and shared without limitations to Google Docs, as CSV, or as images. The data can also be securely accessed via common programming languages like Python, Ruby, and Node.js. The Consolidate Data for Visibility feature enables users to get the reports and data across all cloud environments in a format easy to visualize. It also gives users useful recommendations and analysis for rightsizing decisions.
CloudHealth platform has a feature that allow users to tag and organize resources based on various parameters defined by an organization. The resources can be grouped based on department, application, environment, or function. This enhances efficient allocation of costs by ensuring that no resources are under or over utilized. Tagging also helps in generation of reports for different stakeholders.
CloudHealth keeps track of all resource spends in a cloud ecosystem and produces reports that help users to determine how to allocate and adjust resources in their environments. The reports help users to monitor the costs at each resource level over a period of time. These reports lead to cost reduction by uncovering any hidden cloud costs and flagging and increase in resource spend which can be probed further to know the reasons for the spike. Cost tracking also identifies any cost saving opportunities in the cloud through reallocation, downsizing or termination of unused resources.
Reserved Instance Management
This tool analyses reserved instance usage trends which can be used to highlight opportunities to reduce costs. The feature gives recommendations that enable full optimization of an organization’s Reserved Instance purchases.
This enables CloudHealth users to set up resource reallocation commands that can automatically adjust cloud costs and distribute the among predefined groups. The feature can also track and identify departments or applications take up what costs over a specified period; this can be probed further to know the reasons behind the spends.
With CloudHealth, users get to customize cloud operating budgets and also compare the actual spend to the monthly budget. The feature also notifies users whenever they are about to exceed their monthly budgets.
This feature gives one control over the cloud costs in order to maximize the return on investment. The feature, through a single dashboard, enhances transparency and visibility of how cloud resources are utilized. It can also give a forecast of the cloud’s usage based on the historical data collected in the environment.
CloudHealth makes the process of migrating assets from an organization’s data center to a public cloud simple. It automatically models workloads for migration and adjusts the cloud environment for optimum performance. The feature also allows users to compare the cost of data center and public cloud in order to accurately and efficiently execute the migration plan.
This CloudHealth element helps users to eliminate wastage in a container environment by optimizing the clusters as it gives good resource consumption visibility. Users can easily view the reports via Amazon ECS, Kubernetes, Mesos and other common container orchestrators.
CloudHealth has a 14-day free trial period after which one can opt to purchase the services or not. Specific and detailed pricing information is available upon request; to get a quote, one needs is to fill in a form on the website with their name, company, country and email address.
Devices: Web-based, Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems
Customer types: small, medium, and large enterprises
Deployment: Cloud hosted application or open API.
CloudHealth has a 24/7 live chat plugin on the website for enquiries. Interested users can also get support by filling out an online form with their concerns. Alternatively, you can visit any of their eight offices across four continents or contact the support team through:
- Phone: 617 986 3900
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social media: @cloudhealthtech on LinkedIn.
Upon purchase of the platform, users get:
- Professional onboarding with 30-60-90 day check-ins;
- Access to Q&A sessions
- Comprehensive hands-on training
- Configuration enablement
- CloudHealth further offers a five-module trainings with an option of conducting personalized sessions upon request
- The company also has a team of Solution Architects and Technical Account Managers to help
- A cloud service management expert can also help users accomplish tasks if need be