If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering CloudHealth, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We're a reseller. There are two different models. We're a reseller of CloudHealth. We're a reseller of Dell. We're a reseller of VMware. We also use those products internally. We use it daily. It's one of our core tools within our Zones Cloud Platforms tool bag, when we're looking at how we help customers optimize their cloud spend across their Azure and AWS environments today. It's a cloud-native application. In terms of CloudHealth, I have not dug underneath the covers as to where do they actually host it. CloudHealth just got bought by VMware about six or eight months ago, or maybe almost a year ago now. I'm pretty sure that they built on a public cloud. I'm just not sure which public cloud they actually built it on. I would advise new users to get a demo, take a look at it, dig into some of the analytics and the reporting. It's really one of those tools that you'd need to have hands-on time with. You can go through the presentations, you can look at the high level, but you really need to have a public account, an AWS account, a Google account, an Amazon account, and then tie that to your CloudHealth environment during the demo, or during your proof of concept. When you test, you can make changes in your environment and see how it replicates and how CloudHealth presents that data back to you. That real-time reviewing and seeing the cause and the effect is what really helps you understand what the platform can do. And it helps you have a better understanding of its features and capabilities and how in-depth the reporting and the analytics are compared to a CloudCheckr or other third-party applications that are out there. The last piece I'd also throw out there is that one of the biggest challenges I think that people are having right now, when it comes to a CloudHealth or a cloud cost analytics product, is that most of the independents have been acquired. There was a product called Cloudyn. That got bought by Microsoft. Now Cloudyn's baked into Azure in what they call Azure Cost Management. Google's acquired a couple of companies over the years, and they have their Google Cloud Cost Management and multi-cloud orchestration and all this fun stuff. CloudHealth got bought by VMware. CloudCheckr is one of the only ones that's still independent in that cloud cost management space. Outside of that, there's some smaller niche players, however, it's getting hard to find an independent. You pretty much have to go and buy one of these products from VMware. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. If they can start to improve how they work across other SaaS applications - not just infrastructure as a service - they would get higher marks. If I rated them just from an infrastructure as a service play, I'd probably put them at a nine or a 9.5 simply due to the fact that they do a really, really good job in that space. However, it's a bit of a niche. It's an important niche and it really is helpful in that specific spot, however, it leaves me having to want to find another tool to do the other half of the job and where ideally if it was one tool, I'd take that eight up to a nine and a half. As it is, right now, I rate it as an eight as it doesn't give me all of that features. I have to use multiple tools to get the end result I'm looking for.
We're CloudHealth partners and resellers of the solution. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using, however, I do believe it to be the most updated version. New users need to be aware if they decide to go with this solution, that the migration won't exactly be easy. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten overall.
If you start working with this solution then you will know what you can achieve with this product. It's better to have a large product to see what you can achieve with it because, quite often, they don't even know what they want from it and why. If you have started on the cloud journey, you don't use everything. With the OS, they show their tools and they do everything. Maybe on-premises they have all of the information that you need to use. You will need to access to see where working with an on-premises version would be better than the cloud in terms of cost. It's a good start to making better decisions. I have looked at others and this solution is the best. One of the reasons I started to use the solution was that I needed to see things rather quickly. It's the easiest to start with. Overall, it's one of the best products because it's easy to use and has a great dashboard. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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