Guest Post: Consumption-Based Clouds: Enjoy Upside, Avoid the Down

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The following is a guest post by Howard M. Cohen, Director of Cloud Marketing of Hanu Software, which provides high-quality, high-value software development and business process outsourcing services to independent software vendors and enterprises.

No budget for new servers? No problem. You have the perfect solution: Microsoft Azure. Just subscribe to as much server as you need. With consumption-based pricing you only pay for what you use.

Too Perfect

When you recommended Microsoft Azure to your manager as the ideal way to economically provide more server capacity, you felt like a hero. Everybody loved it. It was so easy to provision a new server with all the virtual machines you needed, configured just the way everyone needed them. The perfect solution!

Then the bill came for all the overages beyond your original subscription.

Only then did everyone realize the solution was too perfect. Nobody was thinking about how much they were actually using. After all, consumption-based pricing was a completely new concept to most of them. They never saw the bill coming.

If You Can Measure It, You Can Manage It!

After the initial shock of seeing the size of the overage invoice, calmer heads began to prevail. This was a good learning experience. Nobody had experience with consumption-based pricing, but now everyone would realize they had to manage utilization more carefully. 

The decision was made to just charge back the departments that consumed the services, pay the bill, and know better to be more careful next time. Then came the question: How do we know how much to charge each department back for?

You Need Insight... Hanu Insight

As soon as you realized you had no way to know how much Azure service each department consumed, you immediately consulted the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and immediately found Hanu Insight, the ideal financial governance solution to solve your problem.

Hanu Insight's Departmental Chargeback Tracking provides quota allocation and consumption tracking not just by business unit or department, it also breaks it down by specific projects as well. You'll get detailed reporting of a project's consumption compared to the allocated quota.

More important, you'll always get email notification when projects approach their quota limit, giving you the ability to overrun quota, shut down VMs, or reallocate funds and resources from another business unit or project.

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To manage test environments, Hanu Insight features a self-provisioning portal for developers and testers to request project resources, including the creation of VMs, server setup, and passwords. Administrator review and approval functions, project history reports, and clear audit trails assure complete control at all times.

Hanu Insight enables you to enforce policies to optimize cloud usage — VM Lifecycle Management and Time-bound VM Provisioning, Packaged Project Deployment, a Repository with farm-level automation scripts for SharePoint farms using C# and PowerShell, and predefined templates can be configured for rapid implementation of dev/test scenarios through production environments.

The Integrated User Management capabilities leverage your enterprise's Active Directory investments. They can be configured for Microsoft Azure Active Directory (MAAD), on-premises Active Directory (through ADFS and DirSync), or a third-party directory using ACS.

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Return to Hero Status!

Hanu Insight went live in minutes, giving you all the insight you needed to assure there would never be another unhappy surprise coming because nobody was keeping an eye on consumption.

Free your Azure community to consume with confidence. Find Hanu Insight in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and achieve the level of governance your company needs.

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