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ScaleXtreme Offers Cost Control, Budgeting and Enforcement for Cloud Computing

ScaleXtreme, the leading provider of server and cloud management products, today released a new set of tools that enable IT professionals to gain visibility into cloud provider costs, establish role-based budgets and prevent the launch of unauthorized cloud machines. With this new functionality, ScaleXtreme is the only product on the market that ties together cost monitoring and budgeting to actual server launch control.

ScaleXtreme’s cloud management tools give IT professionals the power to set budgets based on user, role or organization and obtain granular usage information. Customers 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 powerful cloud server management console, which customers use to build, deploy, monitor and patch public cloud instances.

With many enterprises adopting self-service launch capabilities for developers and other groups on the public cloud, like Rackspace and Amazon EC2, 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. Given the ease with which new servers can be created in the public cloud, it is important to have products like ScaleXtreme to help create control and visibility into the process.

The new ScaleXtreme tools 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.

“For the first time, customers can adopt public cloud computing without a nasty billing surprise waiting for them at the end of the month. ScaleXtreme gives customers clear guardrails to both see their spending and become comfortable budgeting for cloud computing,” said Nand Mulchandani, co-founder and CEO of ScaleXtreme. “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.”

CFOs, CIOs and IT professionals at all levels can use these tools to adopt public cloud computing with confidence.

“ScaleXtreme's new budget and cost visibility features should help organizations using Rackspace Cloud Servers efficiently manage spending as they grow,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. “Our customers can benefit from seeing how specific departments, roles and individuals use Rackspace so they can make the proper allocations and chargebacks.”

Pricing and Availability

Basic cost visibility 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. Support for Amazon EC2 is coming soon.

Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:40 AM by David Marshall
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