As I’m winging my way to the family reunion that is Defrag, Cloudability, a company I was a very early advisor and investor in, is announcing their product is coming out of beta and going General Availability. This is a proud moment for me – I first met Mat, JR and Jon, the Cloudability founders at GigaOm’s Structure conference a couple of years ago, since then I’ve been watching them grow and execute with aplomb.

Anyway – it’s exciting to have seen Cloudability’s thinking move from pure cost reporting to being a true cloud analytics platform covering not only cost but also usage. In doing so Cloudability is signaling its intention to really enable a process of continuous improvement for cloud practitioners.

So – what does this analytics platform look like? Essentially the company has re-thought its original platform and created a new engine that enables customers to flex the offering in order to understand the trend emanating from the meta data inside their cloud infrastructure. Alongside a daily email that marries actual cost with usage data, the new system offers over a dozen configurable reports on usage, cost, capacity or lets companies build totally custom views of their infrastructure using over 30 metrics and dimensions.

The key thing here is that Cloudability is pulling actual invoice, billing and usage data – not estimated data. The idea being that with better source data, Cloudability will be able to offer up far more accurate insights into an organization’s usage patterns. The platform also includes an API designed to allow enterprise customers to integrate Cloudability with their existing internal monitoring systems.

An exciting day for the company (and, I guess, for its early advocates). I’m looking forward to sharing a beer with the team in Broomfield this week. Congrats guys!

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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