Microsoft is making up ground on AWS. Revenue from the Microsoft Azure platform jumped 98% in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market in 2017, exceeding the market growth of AWS.
In order to better meet customer needs and to cater to increase in adoption of Microsoft Azure, CloudHealth Technologies, the leading cloud management platform provider, has enhanced its Azure capabilities with the latest updates to its cloud management platform.
“If managed correctly, Azure will accelerate your business,” said Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies. “CloudHealth eliminates the ‘if’ by enabling customers to migrate with confidence, simplify decision making, improve efficiency, and centralize governance.
The enhanced features for Microsoft Azure users include support for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, allowing Azure users to manage their Reserved VM Instances with new capabilities including purchase modeling, amortization, and optimization.
The cloud management platform also allows SQL database rightsizing, identifying opportunities for further savings by downgrading or terminating SQL Databases while maintaining performance requirements.
New container reporting functions provide users with reports on Mesos and Kubernetes resources and allocation and cost history, while governance policies can be configured to automate customers IT environments, via actions such as starting, stopping, and restarting VMs and deallocating VMs when specific conditions are met.
Many businesses use cloud-native tools to manage their cloud environments, although difficulties are often experienced managing multiple clouds and monitoring and optimizing cloud spend across multiple cloud platforms. However, with the CloudHealth platform management of multiple clouds is made simple.
Following the announcement of support for the Google Cloud Platform, CloudHealth’s customer base increased by 75% in Q2, 2018 alone, demonstrating the value of the platform. The platform is now used by more than 3,500 organizations around the globe to manage more than $5 billion in cloud spend each year.
“A third-party tool like CloudHealth to look at cloud spend, whether it’s AWS, Azure, or Google, is basically a requirement,” said Jamie Watt, Platform Cost Specialist at Xero, a New Zealand-based accounting software company. “I’ve used native tools before and they just can’t do what CloudHealth can do. I wouldn’t be able to do my job without it.”