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FAQ

What is Cloudomatic?

 

What is Cloudomatic and how does it work?

Cloudomatic is a Cloud Cost Saving as a Service that help customers reduce costs by reducing waste to ensure customers to pay only for the cloud resources they’re actually using.

Cloudomatic is SaaS-based, so there’s nothing to download and no installation required. You’re up and running in just three simple steps:

  1. Set up your Cloudomatic account.(Free 30-Day Trial. No credit card required.)
  2. Connect with AWS to discover your cloud resources.
  3. Receive daily recommendation to save cloud costs.

 

Why do I need Cloudomatic — what problem does it solve?

The popularity of cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform has exploded because they enable easy and rapid access to computing services with no upfront costs. Yet cloud resources are charged for every minute/hour and costs may initially be small yet if the resources are not optimised cloud sprawl can occur and costs can quickly escalate.

 

Cloudomatic provides clear visibility of all cloud resources, costs and tagged resources hence giving it is easy to identify where the costs are and level of efficiency for the cloud resources. It provides clear recommendations and tools how to save costs.

 

 

How does Cloudomatic work?

When you create a Cloudomatic account, the read only AWS credentials you provide will be used to discover metadata about your AWS resources. Based on our model Cloudomatic will produce  and to extract and load the metadata about your resources.

 

 

Which cloud service providers do you support?

We currently support and provide savings for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform is on the roadmap.

 

 

Setting up Cloudomatic

 

How is Cloudomatic priced?

Cloudomatic is priced based on customer cost savings. We charge a percentage of the cost savings. It is a win-win business model, we make money when our customers save costs.

 

 

Do I have to download any software or plug-ins?

No. There’s no downloading and no plug-ins. Cloudomatic is completely web-based, and can be accessed from your browser or a mobile device.

 

 

Is there an upfront cost?

No. There are no upfront costs, and no fees, hidden or otherwise. The only cost for Cloudomatic is based on small percentage of overall costs savings that customer can save on their cloud costs. If we cannot save costs the service is free.

 

 

Which customers qualify?

Customers with a total monthly bill of over US20,000/month. Otherwise the service is US$300/month.

 

 

How long does the Cloudomatic setup process take?

The Cloudomatic setup process typically takes less than one day. It’s simple:

  1. Set up your Cloudomatic account.(Free 30-Day Trial. No credit card required.)
  2. Connect with AWS to discover your cloud resources.
  3. Receive daily recommendation to save cloud costs.

 

 

Reducing Costs with Cloudomatic

 

How can Cloudomatic reduce my cloud costs?

Cloudomatic will gather metadata from your cloud resources and the model will make daily recommendations how to save costs.

The greatest cost savings are:

  • Identify and delete resource that are no longer required
  • Rightsize EC2/RDS/Elasticache instances
  • Stop resources at night time, weekends, holidays whenever possible
  • Use Reserved Instances (this is a last step!)

Other significant costs savings:

  • Delete unused EC2/RDS/Elasticache instances
  • Delete unused unattached EBS volumes
  • Rightsizing EBS volumes
  • Reducing AMIs/snapshots by deleting old and unused storage
  • Reduce S3 by deleting old and unused storage and using lifecycle policies to move data to lower cost storage classes
  • Eliminate inactive ELBs
  • Optimising autoscaling groups
  • Automatically terminate resources from unapproved projects
  • Visibility of all AWS costs and daily reports ensure costs are controlled. This essential for good governance and gives the CFO insight how costs are spent for every project, business division, every AWS resource.

 

 

When will I start seeing reductions in my AWS bill?

As soon as you make changes as per Cloudomatic recommendations you will immediately start cutting costs. Cloudomatic will estimate those savings for you and you can track daily/monthly costs using Cloudomatic. You will see the actual savings on your next AWS bill.

 

 

Can I use Cloudomatic on my production environments?

Yes. Most cloud environments have non-production environments – such as development, testing, staging, and QA as well and production environment. We would recommend to follow best practices and make changes in non-production first, then proceed to the production environment.

 

 

What kind of cost savings can I realistically expect on Cloudomatic?

This is highly dependent on the customer environment, yet from our experience most customers can save 30%+. We are so confident that these cost savings can be achieved that we offer a free assessment.

 

 

My Account

 

How does Cloudomatic manage my AWS account and credentials?

Once you set up an account and log in to Cloudomatic, you will be asked to provide your AWS credential, which consists of two pieces of information:

  • Your Public Access Key
  • Your Secret Access Key

Access your user account within IAM from the AWS console. These two pieces of information are generated on your IAM user page under Security Credentials > Create Access Key

 

This will generate both a public and a secret access key. You will use these keys within Cloudomatic.

 

When you first enter your secret access key, it will be masked by asterisks. When we save this information in our database, these fields are encrypted at AES-256. From that point on, when you go to manage your account, the secret key will never be displayed. Additionally, except for the last few digits, your account number and public access keys will also be masked with asterisks for an added measure of privacy.

 

 

What permissions are needed in my AWS account? Do you need root credentials?

Cloudomatic does not require root credentials. However, your administrator needs to ensure that either your user account or the group to which your user account is attached has the appropriate IAM permissions.

 

 

What happens if Cloudomatic service is disrupted? Can I still access my AWS services?

In the unlikely event that Cloudomatic service were to be disrupted, yes, you would still be able to access your AWS services directly from the AWS console. Cloudomatic is an out-of-band solution.

 

 

Are there reports available within my Cloudomatic account?

Yes. Within your Cloudomatic account, you can download a report of the information in your dashboard which include all resources in your cloud environment as well as cost savings.

 

 

Can more than one Cloudomatic user share the same AWS credential?

Within the context of companies, yes. We allow one IAM User credential per AWS linked account.  That account and credential are assigned to all users of the company, where the metadata about the cloud resources in that account is ingested. Users of the company will see those cloud resources on their dashboards.

 

 

What happens if I do a free trial and then do not subscribe to Cloudomatic?

We’d be sorry to see you go – if this is your situation, please let us know why Cloudomatic did not suit your needs.

After the free trial ends you will still be allowed to log in to your account, but you will be redirected to the subscription page. Once you purchase Cloudomatic and your payment is processed, your account will be reinstated and you will be returned to the dashboard.

The same behaviour occurs if you have subscribed, but you cancel or fail to renew your subscription.

If the account is not in good standing for 30 days, we assume the account has been abandoned and will delete your account. Contact us with any further questions.

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