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Scalextreme launches budget enforcement tools for cloud
New tools could help CIOs manage the cost of building in the public cloud
Management software company Scalextreme has released a new set of tools to allow administrators to monitor the cost of cloud environments and prevent unauthorised cloud instances from starting.
The company said that the tools would help organisations gain visibility into cloud provider costs, establish role-based budgets and prevent the launch of unauthorised cloud machines.
IT managers would be able to use the tools to set budgets based on user, role or organisation and obtain granular usage information. Companies can set soft and hard budget limits to either warn systems administrators of over spend or actively prevent individual users from launching new machines. This additional control comes directly integrated into ScaleXtreme’s cloud server management console, which customers use to build, deploy, monitor and patch public cloud instances.
The company said with many enterprises adopting self-service launch capabilities for developers and other groups on the public cloud, it is important that finance and other groups have a way of tracking and enforcing strict budget policies to control inadvertent cost and budget overruns.
The tools, the company added, could help make the cost of launching and maintaining new instances transparent so IT professionals can make good decisions about their needs. Customers can either use the default costs associated with their public cloud provider instances or set their own, custom per-instance parameters.
Nand Mulchandani, co-founder and chief executive of ScaleXtreme said that customers can adopt public cloud computing without a "nasty billing surprise waiting for them at the end of the month."
“Our products enable some groups within the company to self-serve their server needs from the public cloud while still staying within the budget boundaries that finance and management are comfortable with," he added.
The basic cost for a single cloud provider comes free with ScaleXtreme Xpress. Additional features, including instance launch prevention, are available through ScaleXtreme’s paid offerings, Xpert and Xtreme. The cost visibility and budgeting features work natively with Rackspace and other cloud services built on VMWare VCloud Director, CloudStack and OpenStack. The company said that support for Amazon EC2 was "coming soon".