Analyzing Cloud Utilization and Optimization with Cloudyn

Moving workloads into Cloud Computing environments is on everyone’s task list. As one evaluates the choices between public and private cloud, the sizing of an environment quickly comes into view. How large or small should an environment be? Once you get started, how does one “rightsize” their cloud environment? As the cloud based environment, or environments start to grow, sizing them correctly will ensure that performance and financial objectives are kept in check.

Last week at the Under The Radar conference, I had a chance to meet with one company that addresses this need. I met with the Founder and CEO of Cloudyn, Sharon Wagner. Cloudyn’s approach is to evaluate cloud details and provide a set of recommendations. But that is just the start. Cloudyn’s approach is to ingest a number of variables via provider APIs from cost information to performance characteristics. Their solution is able to do this automatically even if negotiated pricing is in play with public cloud providers. The engine ingests cost elements from both public and private clouds. According to Sharon, the SaaS-based solution uses “a predefined algorithm that the user can modify to produce actionable recommendations. The recommendations provide specific details on the action to take and why”. Understanding the reason behind a decision puts users in a better position to make informed decisions. Armed with this information, users can size cloud environments more accurately and manage costs. Cloudyn’s solution takes it a step further to tie business metrics with technical metrics to derive metrics like ‘cost per transaction’.

Taking it a different direction, users can leverage the recommended actions to feed into the orchestration layer of their cloud. While this step may be a bit too automated for some, those with a clear understanding of their workloads and capable of setting boundaries might enjoy this valuable perk.

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor that works with large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, major airlines and high-tech. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim takes a provocative, but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader including Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know (CIOitk) podcast. CIOitk is a weekly podcast that interviews CIOs on the top issues facing CIOs today. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors from Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

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