Cloudyn is one of those really interesting companies in the cloud space that some of you may not be familiar with, but should be. Cloudyn offers a set of cloud tools that assists companies with optimizing their cloud deployment and gives them comprehensive insight and control over their cloud cost and usage. They also receive recommendations on how to perfect their cloud investments and improve utilization all while maintaining operational performance.
To find out more, I spoke with Sharon Wagner, Founder & CEO, of Cloudyn. Here is our conversation:
VMbog: For VMblog readers who might
not yet know a lot about Cloudyn, can you tell us a little more about the
company and what you offer?
Sharon Wagner: Founded in 2011, Cloudyn is a
leading AWS monitoring and optimization SaaS solution that offers organizations
clarity and control of cloud costs, actionable recommendations for cost savings
and maximized utilization of resources in a dynamic cloud environment.
Actively managing hundreds of
thousands of cloud resources today, Cloudyn delivers up to 67% cost reductions
to organizations with significant cloud investments in various industries
specifically can Cloudyn help businesses with their AWS deployment?
managers and CIOs are faced with deploying applications on public clouds while
ensuring high performance. Unfortunately many are surprised with unexpectedly
non-intrusive technology provides cost visibility, control and optimization for
cloud customers. In addition to offering insight into cloud usage and spending,
it gives personalized recommendations for maximum savings with optimal
VMblog: So why
the focus on AWS?
Wagner: It is
the classic quality over quantity theory. We wanted to dedicate all our
development and resources to perfecting a solution for one provider rather than
offer just a high-level view into cloud consumption across multiple vendors.
AWS was chosen as they are undoubtedly one of the major global players in cloud
computing. But stay tuned. We have a solid roadmap that includes extending our
solution to other vendors in the near future.
sets Cloudyn apart from other players in this space?
monitoring tools offer a high-level view into cloud spend and activities, but
fall short when tasked with serious analytics for balancing spend with optimal
solution drills down to organization's core activities to provide personalized,
ongoing analytics to identify unnecessary spend, unused resources, and
over-provisioned services. Ongoing notifications with comprehensive
prescriptive actions enable proactive planning for frequently changing AWS
pricing plans and one's unique deployment configuration.
does it make sense to switch from On-Demand pricing to Reserved pricing?
varies depending on instance type, availability zone, etc., however, for most
instance types and availability zones, even if you are running an instance just two to
three months, you already achieve ROI break-even versus On-Demand pricing. In
those cases, if you are looking for both savings and flexibility, reservation
pricing makes the most financial and operational sense. For example, if you are
only using Light Utilization instances for spikes, it's still a better pricing
option than On-Demand, even if the instance runs only three months out of a 3
year reservation, or 8% of the time!
calculating this on your own is extremely complex and time consuming. Cloudyn's
RI Calculator does all the heavy lifting by doing this for one's entire
VMblog: Can you talk about reservation
types and address some of the common myths?
Wagner: There are
three different reservation sizes; Light, Medium, and Heavy. There is a common
misconception that if you buy a light reservation and use it more than X% of
the time, you will be charged On-Demand rates. This is not true. You can
run your instances at 100% utilization, whether they are on Light, Medium or
Heavy reservations. The reservation type has no impact on your utilization or
So how do
you determine what type is optimal? Well, if you plan on running any given
instance for the next 12 months at full or near-full capacity, a Heavy
reservation would be most cost-effective. However, if you only plan on running
the instance for a few months, or don't want to make a big upfront payment for
a Heavy, you might decide to opt for a Light reservation.
VMblog: You mention that Cloudyn manages hundreds of thousands of cloud resources. Is it
accurate to say that a majority of cloud buyers are over-provisioning?
Wagner: Yes. A
substantial opportunity for cost-savings exists across reserved instances,
underutilized instances and S3 storage consumption. We found that buyers continue to underutilize
both reserved and On-Demand instances with nearly a quarter of reservations going
VMblog: And finally, what's next for Cloudyn?
Wagner: We believe that the right way to measure your
cloud is by combining operational measuring with business activities. Thus,
Cloudyn will continue to enhance its existing platform to capture various cloud
metrics with business performance metrics to build the next generation of cloud
business performance management.
Once again, I'd like to thank Sharon Wagner, Founder & CEO, Cloudyn for taking time to speak with VMblog and answering a few questions to help educate us on their company, product and market.