Below is our recent interview with Lokesh Taneja, Co-Founder & COO at Cloudshim:
Q: What is Cloudshim?
A: Cloudshim is a cloud management platform that helps you visualize and manage all your cloud infrastructure and costs, in a single, unified, simple-to-use platform.
Q: Why is it important?
A: Recent events have led to a boom in adoption of cloud services. However, the growth in spending often exceeds the growth in business. This is a result of cloud waste that often goes unchecked.
The pains of managing cloud infrastructure services and losing track of associated cloud cost are the number one cause for cloud waste. The cloud providers themselves are rapidly evolving with new service offerings and not-so-obvious pricing structures, making it difficult to track day-to-day cloud expenditures. To reduce this waste users pay for a number of different products and fail to realize the ROI. Cost saving and running lean on the cloud doesn’t have to be this way.
You could compare the cloud bill to an electric bill that you receive at the end of the month with only usage and cost. Wouldn’t it help if the bill were broken down by appliance, clearly highlighting the cause of the spike in cost, daily? And it showed the untapped opportunities of saving by simply turning off underutilized appliances on a daily basis, so you could proactively leverage this? Cloudshim can’t do this for your electric bill, but we sure can for your cloud.
Q: Who would be your ideal user and why?
A: Devops to view and manage their deployed resources and finance teams to forecast and get a handle on their daily cloud spend. This enables FinOps and helps maintain agility in growth of the business.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your features?
A: Our initial product release offers a comprehensive set of features that include:
1. Unified cloud view: See through your cloud infrastructure blueprint in every region
2. Cost Analytics: Quickly identify daily cost trends with deep dives and reports
3. Scheduler: Smart schedule any idle EC2 instances
4. Recommendation Engine: Get active cloud saving recommendations on every possible aspect from rightsizing underutilized instances to saving plan purchase recommendations
5. Budgets & Tagging: Control costs with simplified budgets and track resource costs with tagging
6. Reporting: Get daily reports on the spend and forecasts
Q: Tell us something about your Early Adopter Program?
A: Our early adopter program is a private beta. Our main goal is to gather feedback from users and improve any user experience points we may have missed. As a token of appreciation, not only will our selected beta users get complimentary access to all our features for 3 months, they will also get free cloud saving recommendations and an automatic enrollment into all our future beta programs.
Q: What are your plans?
A: Our mission is to unify and simplify all aspects of cloud management. We have a healthy roadmap of upcoming features to ensure we are a one stop shop for all our customers’ cloud management needs, to help them take control of their cloud. We are currently only supporting AWS, but plan to extend the same feature offering for Google Cloud & Azure in the near future.