Cloud Cruiser has announced the release of a new version of its cloud consumption analytics SaaS application. The new release includes enhanced budgeting capabilities to make it easier for customers to optimize their consumption of cloud services and get a better return on their investment.
The application allows customers to carefully control their cloud spending and eliminate waste. The new version of the Cloud Cruiser 16 SaaS application includes enhanced reporting functionality and analytics to allow customers to plan and predict future cloud usage with greater accuracy across several dimensions.
The latest version helps businesses budget by department, project team, and over specific time frames and share critical information in real time with stakeholders across the business.
Key enhancements to the SaaS application include:
Budget Target per Period: Cloud usage varies over time, although there are recurring patterns. The platform now helps users to budget for recurring increases and decreases in cloud usage by the month, quarter, or annually or over specific user-set time frames such as every four or five months.
Budget Target for Teams, Departments, and Service Types: Thresholds and budget targets can be filtered by location, team, or department and spending can be visualized against budgets over time and adjusted on the fly. Additionally, budgets and thresholds can be set by service provider (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) or by the type of service (compute, database, or storage).
Proactive Notification, Access, and Sharing: Budgets can be set by department or for individuals, with access controls in place to only permit those individuals or department heads to view their own budgets and related spending. The system also generates email alerts when spending reaches a user-defined threshold or when projected usage is likely to result in a budget overspend.
The enhanced flexibility of the platform is in response to changes in the management of cloud usage. Cloud cost control is now no longer the responsibility of central IT, instead multiple teams are now taking responsibility for their own usage and cloud spend. “Our customers need a highly flexible way to control their costs across a variety of cloud providers, services, and users and our latest release delivers on that,” said Paul Zinn, Cloud Cruiser’s Senior Director of Product Management.