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With cloud in high demand and IoT at an all-time high, more and more Enterprise organizations and Service Providers are starting to either use Hybrid cloud providers or sell them. Most of the times, they also tend to pick many different types of cloud providers, depending on the intended use case. You would expect that they also have efficient systems in place to track usage, spending and to compile accurate chargeback/showback report. Yet, we have seen many companies struggle with getting these insights and invoicing processes aligned.

Many companies still juggle around complex excel sheets to compile their monthly billing or chargeback reports. This is a very time-consuming and inefficient process as it requires the attention of multiple employees. Instead of having the entire process streamlined and finished within a few button clicks, these companies deal with the overhead associated with collecting, transforming and uploading off all cloud customers. In general, they have more than 500 cloud customers. As you can imagine, this becomes very time-consuming and when done manually, let’s not forget the chance of error.

At Exivity, we were amazed that this is still a problem in 2019. The human element should be left out in the entire process. Rather, by using Exivity, you can automate your entire IT delivery.  Exivity will obtain all available metrics in your cloud model and collect every type of file format and process it for you. This can be fulfilled organization-wide or per data cost centre. With only a few button clicks, you have all insights into your customer’s usage and spending in one tool without having to deal with the overheads associated with this process. With only one extra click, it will generate your chargeback/showback reports as well. Exivity can be deployed on-premise datacenter IT resources, hybrid IT resources and public cloud resources.

Leave the complex CSV files behind and be frustrated about other cloud components.

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We are always here to assist you should you have any questions or require guidance. Just drop us an email at support@exivity.com.

Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to Exivity to take advantage of the scalability, reliability, and agility of Azure to drive application development and shape business strategies.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands — March 11, 2019 — Exivity today announced the availability of Exivity in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Microsoft Azure. Exivity customers can now take advantage of the scalability, high availability, and security of Azure, with streamlined deployment and management.

“Using Exivity, companies will now be able to automate their hybrid cloud IT billing for public Azure as well as Azure Stack. But it doesn’t stop there: Using our intuitive dashboards, customers will get insight into metered-based consumption metrics for any pay-as-you-go billing model,” said Tim Rab, Product Owner, Exivity.

Sajan Parihar, Director, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp., said, “We’re excited to welcome Exivity to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.”

The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling finished Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and premium datasets. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.

Exivity provides a flexible billing tool capable of satisfying the requirements of virtually any IT service delivery model, whether deployed within on-prem, in the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. In addition to services provided by the cloud, it can retrieve data from associated systems, such as a CMDB, and use this to create custom services, including SLA levels, worker-hours, AV, and security scanning. It gives you control over your assets and financial insights to automate your IT delivery.

Exivity can be used to bill your own clients, detect anomalies, and feed back-end processes. Using Exivity, you are often able to send better invoices a mere few days after installation. Exivity is there to guide you through the entire process.

Learn more about Exivity at its page in the Azure Marketplace.

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Exivity live on the Amazon Marketplace

We’re excited to announce today that we’re live on the Amazon Marketplace. The Exivity solution was already available on both the Azure Public Marketplace as well as the Azure Stack Marketplace. But as of today, users of the AWS platform can now easily deploy our solution from the AWS Marketplace. When deploying thru the AWS Marketplace, you are guaranteed to get the latest version of Exivity installed & ready to use within a few minutes. And of course we allow you to run a free trial with our software so you can test it properly before buying.

Since we have a BOYL model,  we don’t charge license costs thru AWS. Therefore you’ll  only need to pay EC2 instance charges during your trial period. Once you have decided to move forward with the Exivity software, simply get in contact with support@exivity.com, and request for a permanent license.

In case you want to report on usage and costs for AWS, check out the following tutorial to get started for AWS based Cost & Usage Reporting: https://docs.exivity.com/getting-started/tutorials/amazon-aws-stack. But it doesn’t stop there: we allow you to also connect to other clouds like Azure CSP, Office 365 and Azure EA. Or you can connect to on premise resources like VMware, OpenStack, Hyper-V, Zerto, Commvault and many other. The integration capabilities are endless.

We are always here to assist you should you have any questions or require guidance. Just drop us an email at support@exivity.com.

Exivity Live on Azure Stack Marketplace

Exivity are very pleased to announce that as of today Exivity is live on the Microsoft Azure Stack Marketplace. The Azure Stack Marketplace is distinct from the Public Azure Marketplace and separate test and acceptance processes needed to be completed before Microsoft approved the offering.

This is because Azure Stack can run offline in “disconnected mode”, so the availability of an internet connection cannot be assumed. Also some features that are available in the public version of Azure are not available in the on-premises version. Since Exivity is public, private or hybrid compatible the on boarding process went smoothly.

We get often requests from companies asking for help getting cost and usage insights across their hybrid cloud infrastructure including, though not limited to, Azure Stack and with Exivity now available on the Azure Stack Marketplace it will be much easier for them to get billing automation up and in running within their Azure Stack infrastructure.

The Azure Stack Marketplace offering provides a quick head-start with Exivity and the product can be explored further by deploying the Azure Stack Template Extractor and Transformer. After you’ve deployed our offering we recommend you reference our Azure Stack integration tutorial in order to learn more about loading Azure Stack consumption data into Exivity.

We are always here to assist you should you have any questions or require guidance. Just drop us an email at support@exivity.com.

 

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2018 is coming to an end and unfortunately, there are still organizations struggling with costs for cloud deployments. Big public clouds such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services rely on the accuracy of the information provided by users.

Overlooked services, usage spikes and outages can heavily impact your cloud bill negatively. In some cases, you are even missing out on revenue. In order to have accuracy you need insights into consumption. Multi-cloud environments also come with a lot of complexity from which three key questions emerge:

  1. How do I control my cloud costs?
  2. How do I get accurate up-to-date data instead of having to rely on estimates?
  3. How can I automate this entire process?

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Providing a single bill of IT

You have read how we can satisfy the desire to control your hybrid or multi-cloud costs, but how do we provide the single bill of IT?

Extract

Exivity incorporates a flexible field-configurable extractor component enabling integration with virtually any end-point. As long as network connectivity is available, consumption, lookup and other data can be extracted for subsequent processing. As a result, extractors for custom data sources can be created with little effort.

Transform

Exivity ships with a powerful ETL engine which empowers you to normalise, enrich and apply business logic to collected data. This enables the automation of complex billing rules resulting in streamlined workflows.

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Exivity’s metering and billing comprehensively satisfies this desire with ease.

“IT automation and Hybrid IT are the second and third highest priority of IT managers in 2018. ”

TechTarget IT priorities 2018 survey

With hybrid-cloud computing on the rise, a big issue on the agenda is cost management. A hybrid-cloud environment introduces significant billing challenges. 42% of participants in an Enterprise Management Survey indicated a desire to control cloud costs. Using Exivity, cloud financial cost insights and billing automation become a breeze a mere few days after installation.

Here at Exivity we are well aware of the problems associated with multi-cloud computing and our product is engineered to make it as simple as possible for you to solve these challenges. We are an experienced team with over 6 years of experience in the hybrid cloud metering and billing market and will guide you step by step along the way.

More cloud means more billing and each environment has different challenges. To address these challenges Exivity can be deployed within your on-prem, public or hybrid cloud environments as a billing tool capable of satisfying virtually any IT service delivery model.

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Exivity is now available on the Azure Marketplace

The Exivity metering and billing solution is now available on the Microsoft Azure marketplace

“Exivity offers billing automation solution making it a breeze to gain fine-grained financial insights into Azure spend on Azure Stack. ”

― Talal Alqinawi, Senior Director at Azure Marketing

Exivity can be deployed in seconds using the Azure Marketplace. Exivity can extract usage and pricing information from Microsoft Azure Stack out of the box. The information can then be processed into data with a business logic engine resulting in detailed reports breaking your Azure spend down in virtually any way imaginable. Next to the integration with Azurestack, our team also helps Azure CSP providers to implement Exivity for their customers in order to provide direct insight in their usage as well.

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Is your data dirty?

A credible cloud billing solution must be able to provide insightful breakdowns of charges. In addition to per-customer reports it should be possible to ‘slice and dice’ data at deeper levels such that the total spend can be dynamically visualised using arbitrary combinations of criteria such as business unit, region, project and resource group to name only a few.

Ultimately this process is completely dependent on the initial data imported into the system. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” is particularly apposite when generating financial reports. However with the right tools, knowledge and techniques it may be surprising what can be accomplished with data that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to report against.

Here at Exivity we use the term dirty data to describe information that is not well-formed, which is inconsistent or has holes in it. Typically, dirty data is interleaved within well-formed data and as such needs to be identified and dealt with as it occurs.

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Billing Automation for Azure Partner Shared Services

Microsoft recently introduced a new Azure offer type for partners in the CSP program. This new program allows CSP partners to purchase, track and manage Azure internal spending. As Microsoft describes it:

With Azure Partner Shared Services partners now have the same flexibility to use Azure subscriptions in CSP as they do in the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Web Direct programs. Partners in CSP will now be able to do things like:

  • Host shared services and multi-tenant applications
  • Deploy internal workloads and management solutions, that manage different customers with different Azure subscriptions
  • Build development and test environments, that are not fitting into Partner Center Integration Sandbox

Not only is the Shared Services usage dedicated to an isolated Azure subscription that belongs to your Partner account, but the pricing for this subscription has its own rate card – which, in general, seems a bit more favorably priced when compared to the standard Azure CSP rate-card. This may bring some interesting opportunities to the table because apart from internal use, Shared Services may also offer applications and services that are shared or multi tenant. Therefore from an economic perspective it may well be advantageous to utilize the functionality of Azure Partner Shared Service to its fullest.

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