FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Cost and Usage Management for Amazon Web Services

FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure provides enterprises with comprehensive, accurate, and actionable insight into cloud infrastructure usage to optimize use and spend on these services.

Built on proven Flexera Software license management technology, it automates the collection and aggregation of cloud usage data and billing information to produce a complete view of the cloud service consumption throughout the enterprise.

The cloud infrastructure market is growing rapidly, and it is easy to see why. Purchasing cloud services is easy. With infrastructure services such as those provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS), business units can get almost immediate access to computing, storage, and database services without the need or overhead of setting up or adding to their own datacenter. And often, these services can be obtained at a lower cost than a company can achieve by building it themselves.

From faster time to value, to the wide range of infrastructure services available at low per-use price, it is easy to see why the cloud infrastructure market is over $32 billion, according to IDC.[1]

But the benefits of cloud infrastructure services do not come without their business challenges. The ease of purchase and low cost can result in rapid adoption, with many departments maintaining cloud infrastructure accounts. While these may meet the needs of the individual business units, the company as a whole will have limited visibility into their actual spending on cloud services. This will decrease their ability to negotiate volume discounts. And without the right usage data, a company will not be able to optimize their cloud instance types (e.g. AWS On-Demand and Reserved Instances) for better efficiency and utilization.

Provide a 360 Degree View of Cloud Usage and Spend

FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure provides the means to see, at a glance, a complete view of your cloud operations across the enterprise using role based dashboards.

The Financial Dashboard shows which business units are spending the most money, how much unused or underutilized cloud instances are costing you, spending patterns and trends, and spending by service type.

The Operational Dashboard will show you utilization patterns by instance type, which instances are underutilized, when your AWS EC2 reservations are expiring, and usage trends.

Combined, these dashboards provide unprecedented visibility into cloud infrastructure usage and spend, and enable you to perform more detailed analysis for fact-based decision making.

FlexNet Manger for Cloud Infrastructure is part of FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, a comprehensive, proven, next generation hardware asset management, software asset management, license compliance and software license optimization solution. The Suite provides entitlement based license management and software license optimization to enable organizations to reduce ongoing software licensing costs and maintain continuous license compliance. It is used by thousands of enterprises to gain control of and optimize software spend while reducing the time and effort required to manage the software estate.

1. 2015 "Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker®." International Data Corporation (IDC)

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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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