Microsoft has announced today that they are acquiring Cloudyn, a company that specializes in managing and optimizing cloud usage. The acquisition price was not announced and is subject to regulatory approval.
The concept is quite simple, you have a lot of cloud services and managing all of the different tiers of VMs and storage layers can be difficult. More specifically, optimizing your compute needs against the cost of the level of service you are paying for is a challenge and it’s often easier to simply leave a VM on a tier than constantly move it around to find the right price and performance model.
This is what Cloudyn does, they provide visibility into the cost and performance to help keep projects on budget and to make sure you are paying for what you need for the task you are trying to complete. While the service works well with Azure, it also supports other cloud vendors such as AWS and Google.
Think of Cloudyn as your dashboard for cloud cost and optimization and considering that Microsoft is investing billions into its cloud services, it’s not a surprise that the company is buying this solution. What’s not known is if Microsoft will keep this functionality as a separate service or if they will fold it into their Azure portal.
I could see them keeping it on the outskirts of their portfolio as it does work with other platforms. It would seem foolish for Microsoft to remove functionality from the software and no longer support AWS or Google Cloud and while Microsoft would love to think that all of its users are only on Azure, the reality is that is simply not true. Therefor, supporting all cloud services is essential otherwise new vendors will pop-up in the vacuum that Cloudyn would leave behind.
Cloud cost and management is quickly becoming a key area of focus after companies fully move to off-premises services. While you typically try your best to determine one paper what compute services you will need to support your workloads, once they are up and running, it is then time to optimize your costs and performance models. With Cloudyn now joining the Microsoft family, this will be possible without having to move dollars outside the Azure org.