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Certero for Cloud: AWS Module

Gives you the data, tools and asset intelligence to simplify the management and

governance of AWS, to make the most out of your investments and minimize spend.

 

Visibility

Gain clarity with complete visibility of AWS

Governance

Define & pro-actively adhere to Cloud governance policies

Optimization

Right-size investments & avoid wasteful underutilization & configuration

Cost Management

See, analyze & predict AWS costs

Enterprise-Wide Visibility of AWS

You can’t manage what you can’t see. Certero for Cloud: AWS Module discovers and inventories the most valuable inventory and configuration data for your Cloud accounts.

Cutting through the noise and providing a clear dashboard view of AWS assets, Certero empowers stakeholders with the knowledge of the most actionable usage and performance metrics, as well as who is performing actions and provisioning services that can incur costs to the business.

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+ A dashboard could be as high-level or detailed as you need, showing for example:

  • Resource Inventory – The enhanced inventory for each resource type.
  • Resource Types – Holistically or by business unit structure. All the discovered resources, resource groups and quantities, with drill-down capability into the data behind all reporting to see resource lists to track Cloud Sprawl.
  • Metrics and Costs – The raw daily data that feeds the metrics and Cost Explorer features, for the deepest possible reporting scenarios.
  • Activity Logs – Who is managing and changing things in the AWS portal; who is doing things that can incur costs such as provisioning instances (VMs). This helps to control and track Bill Shock back to people.
  • Saved Governance or Optimization Reports – Quantifying toxic consumption, hygiene and wastage. Track conformance to tagging and naming standards.
  • AWS Billing & Cost Management – Identify trends, forecasts, spikes, and root causes. Set budgets and alerts. Create and trend your own Cost Groups for laser focus, charge-back and show-back.

Governance

Policies, process and standards are needed for Cloud cost management with AWS, but you then need to be able to monitor and measure adherence and compliance to those standards centrally, en-masse and in accordance with asset ownership across the business.

Certero for Cloud: AWS makes governance pro-active through an intuitive Policy Builder that gives stakeholders an immediate, visual status and historical trends of compliance; which due to the volumes of data required, would be almost impossible to achieve manually.

To make sure you’re targeting the right asset data, Certero’s Filter Builder can be used to navigate deep resource associations and hierarchies, providing a powerfully flexible and repeatable way to attain immediate answers to complex governance challenges.

+ For example, a stakeholder may wish to create policies to:

  • Manage adherence to AWS instance and resource naming and tagging standards, to identify any errors and deviations.
  • Identify unauthorized purchasing or provisioning, for example of high-spec, expensive instances.
  • Ensure Cloud resource lifecycle process is being followed by ensuring associated, billable resources such as disks and public IP addresses are not left abandoned.
  • Ensure operational process is being followed.
  • Ensure security-related configuration is being properly managed.

Multi-Cloud Governance

Combining Certero for Cloud AWS with other Certero modules such as Azure, means you can have a live status of your multi-Cloud governance and can manage legitimate compliance exceptions, across multiple Cloud vendors.

AWS Resource Optimization, Hygiene & Performance

Optimization is the remediation of toxic consumption, underutilization, and of wasteful configuration that is costing money but not delivering value to the business.

Certero for Cloud: AWS enables the business to continually strive towards a more cost-efficient deployment state. Combining inventory and metrics data with a deep reporting capability removes noise and enables stakeholders to easily identify opportunities to optimize and manage waste; improving the hygiene of your Cloud environment and reducing cost.

+ Optimization examples include:

  • Finding resources in a state which means they can deliver no value, such as forgotten, stopped instances.
  • Identifying misconfiguration or incomplete configuration of resources which impacts value for money, for example unassigned public IP addresses.
  • Tracking poor practice such as using premium disks attached to budget instance types.
  • Finding orphaned, abandoned resources such as disks, network interfaces, snapshots, etc. which create noise, hinders the management of your Cloud estate, signals governance issues; and can be a source of toxic consumption.

AWS Performance

Certero’s AWS Cloud Metrics Explorer helps to measure the specific combination of capacity and performance that’s being consumed against what’s been provisioned, enabling further optimization through more accurate allocation of resources. Combine metrics with Certero Policy Builder to automatically find, visualise and trend your status and success.

Certero for Cloud: AWS enables you to actively discover instances of under-performance and to explore these Cloud assets in greater depth to determine where efficiencies and cost-savings can be made. Find these opportunities, and more:

  • Non-utilization – Identify zombie, idling instances and other resources.
  • Under-utilisation – Find right-sizing candidates where instances are using only a fraction the provisioned, billable CPU, RAM, etc.; to realize the most value from what you pay for.
  • Consolidation – Explore data to support application consolidation across fewer instances.
  • Bottlenecks – Find causes of performance issues related to CPU, RAM, disk performance, network throughput, etc.

AWS Cost Optimization

Cost management allows an organization to see, predict and understand the contributors of cloud costs, make decisions and act accordingly.

Certero for Cloud: AWS gives you cost management features for understanding actual and forecast costs, for assigning budgets to customizable pools of resources, and for identifying causes of bill shock to intercept them before they become a problem.

Combined with other Certero for Cloud modules like Azure, Certero enables a multi-Cloud view of expenditure and the ability to manage Cloud spend (e.g. by cost-center) across the business, for charge-back.

Unlimited AWS Reporting Tools

Gaining good data is key to any asset management process, but to be able to achieve good outcomes you also need a powerful, intuitive and customizable AWS reporting tool.

Certero for Cloud: AWS enables you to derive meaningful answers and insights from complex data and easily share and present that information through near-infinite reporting possibilities.

It’s not enough to be limited solely to ‘pre-canned’ reports in a solution; Certero’s approach instead, has created a reporting platform that’s intuitive enough to enable stakeholders to easily create and customize their own reports and get the answers to any question.

Whether you need an AWS cost allocation or usage report, AWS cost forecasting, or to test the state of your AWS resource tagging or AWS cost allocation tags; personalized dashboards can be populated with any array of information needed. Behind all your dashboard reports, Certero’s drill-down capability enables users to immediately access the data behind the reports with a simple click.

Multi-Cloud Visibility

Certero for Cloud can be easily expanded to enable multi-Cloud governance and control by simply activating other Cloud modules, such as Azure or Certero for SaaS modules including: Office365, GSuite, Adobe Creative Cloud, Salesforce.com Okta, box, Dropbox, Slack, Tableau, Wrike and Zoom.

This enables organizations to manage the same governance policies through the same dashboard UI, but expand the Cloud vendors in scope as needed, and even bring on-premises assets into scope via Certero’s other solutions readily available on the Certero Unified Platform.

 

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