Since we started Opstera, we have had the opportunity to partner with a number of great companies and engage with numerous Enterprise customers. It was always our belief that the Enterprise segment is primed to grow and at the same time, they have embraced new SaaS based services for Operations needs.
While all that is interesting, selling into this market segment was challenging and we were fortunate to have partnerships with Microsoft and vendors. One unmistakable characteristic that we noticed was how System integrators have increasingly taken over Ops in Enterprises and in many cases were pseudo decision makers on software affecting Operations.
Today, we are announcing that Avanade has acquired Opstera software to augment its managed services portfolio. This is an exciting move for us, because it allows us to build on the foundation we had laid out in building and managing hundreds of customers. Additionally, along with the recent acquisition of Azaleos, Avanade has bolstered its product portfolio of providing managed services for applications deployed into public, private or hybrid environment.
This brings our Opstera journey to a fantastic culmination and over the coming months we are looking forward to rationalizing how we offer the AzureOps service and explore the possibilities of combining that with other exciting technologies. This is great news for customers, product, and team.
You can read the press release here and more about the acquisition here.
Whats new in Opstera AzureOps?
We are announcing a new set of features that will allow our customers to compose, monitor, and manage disparate cloud services as a single unified cloud application. These services include Azure infrastructure (IaaS) and platform services (PaaS), as well as third party software as a service (SaaS) offerings such as email, messaging, and web analytics.
New AzureOps Service Provides Unified Applications Management to Help Windows Azure Customers Manage Health and Optimize Cloud Capacity
BELLEVUE, WA, Jun 08, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Today, Opstera — a cloud-based health management and capacity optimization provider for Windows Azure — announced an updated version of its AzureOps service. AzureOps now allows customers to compose, monitor, and manage disparate cloud services as a single unified cloud application. These services include Azure infrastructure (IaaS) and platform services (PaaS), as well as third party software as a service (SaaS) offerings such as email, messaging, and web analytics. Opstera’s new service improves health management for cloud applications through intuitive dashboards, threshold-based analytics, and configurable alerts, allowing IT managers to quickly make informed decisions to optimize performance and minimize costs.
Opstera extends line of operations management tools with CloudGraphs dashboard, providing deep insights into the quality of service for cloud platforms
Bellevue, WA — May 16, 2012 —Today, Opstera – a cloud-based health management and capacity optimization provider – announced a new online dashboard called CloudGraphs, designed to monitor quality of service (QoS) for cloud platforms such as Windows Azure. The dashboard offers Windows Azure customers additional visibility and new metrics related to Microsoft Corp.’s cloud platform in real time, providing a new level of control and assurance. Over time, CloudGraphs will expand to provide data on the availability and performance of additional cloud services. The new dashboard is an important component of Opstera’s vision of providing customers with an end-to-end view of their entire cloud operations which includes health management of the cloud platform, the application itself, and the related third-party services.
Some parts of Windows Azure have been experiencing service disruptions for the last couple of hours – mostly in the Asian datacenters. This is mostly impacting Azure Storage and Service Management as of now but we are closely monitoring other services.
If you are leveraging the Asian datacenters, your Azure application might have been impacted as a result. You can check the information about the outage at Windows Azure Service Dashboard.
We have spent the last 6 months building, deploying, tweaking and running the AzureOps service on Azure. And before that we spent 3 years helping 65+ customers understand how to architect & design applications on Azure. As you can imagine, we were spending quite a bit on Azure. With 4 subscriptions and every subscription exceeding the default quotas, we had to take a good look at keeping our costs low.
So here are 5 simple things that we did to manage our costs before and even more so currently, as we have several deployments running for AzureOps across 4 different Azure Data Centers. Most of these can be done in an automated manner, either through Powershell cmdlets or through 3rd party tools like ours.