Tracking the Costs of Cloud Computing with Cloudability

Over at MIT Technology Review, Jessica Leber writes that Portland’s Cloudability Startup is helping companies track their Cloud spending.

Cloudability is one of a crop of startups aimed at helping businesses understand the costs of cloud computing as the technology matures and much larger businesses get more comfortable with the idea of renting or leasing remote computing capacity to run their software and IT infrastructure. At many companies, the “cloud” can involve an unwieldy, decentralized mess of hundreds of individual accounts and credit cards that can be hard to track. “Getting a developer to turn off a cloud server is like getting a kid to turn off the light switch,” says J.R. Storment, Cloudability’s cofounder and chief customer officer. Often they may just forget.

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