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Cloud Cruiser Aims to Ease Cloud Chargeback Issue

Nancy Gohring | March 2, 2011
As more companies shift more work to the cloud, they are struggling with a new financial problem, namely how to accurately charge business units for use of the cloud services.

Cloud Cruiser has built hooks to many existing cloud services, but a new customer has to do some work to get things set up. They'll have to make sure all their resources are fed into the system and they'll need to set up a hierarchical tree of the organization so that they can view consumption based on groups.

The offering isn't yet commercially available. Cloud Cruiser is introducing itself as a company and is inviting companies try out the hosted version of the service. A company can feed real usage data into the system to get a feel for how it works.

Zabrowski expects the product to be ready for general availability in a matter of months.

Cloud Cruiser did not disclose pricing information but said customers can buy the software and run it internally or use the hosted version on a subscription basis.

Cloud Cruiser isn't alone in tackling the challenge of chargebacks and Palumbo said many vendors are working on ways to address the problem. The most likely candidates are vendors that already offer IT management tools. They are evolving their products to be able to also manage cloud services, she said.

Apptio is one example. It offers a broad portfolio of products for managing IT spending. It now ties into existing offerings that track cloud usage, such as VMware's vCenter chargeback service and storage management systems, and combines that with cost data so that IT administrators can charge users.

 

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