As organizations increasingly consume cloud subscriptions, so the complexity of tracking and predicting subscription and pay-as-you-go related costs also grows. Cloud cost control is rapidly becoming the #1 financial problem for many organizations. Establishing a trustworthy data source and baseline is a key prerequisite to effective cloud cost governance, but many struggle to get ahead of the cloud data curve because of ineffective tools and complex data.
Livingstone has a number of services that support clients in proactively managing their cloud costs. Our clients benefit from the visualization of integrated consumption data from across their cloud and virtual data center ecosystems. We provide a single pane of glass that makes their consumption visible and allows them to implement controls that can be proactively managed, optimizing and predicting their cloud usage.
There are few organizations where the cost of cloud based services has remained within budget, especially where PAYG models are consumed. Much of this overage could have been prevented either through better cost forecasting and planning, or through more proactive governance intervention.
Livingstone’s LUCE platform produces detailed dashboards and reports showing stakeholders how they are likely to consume cloud services. Our cloud monitoring services then continually validate the consumption to ensure that it remains within the forecasted consumption profile, alerting the clients to any consumption trends that will likely create commercial risks if unchecked.
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An essential part of optimizing an organization’s total cloud cost is the efficient and effective use of legacy software licensing. Livingstone’s services track the deployment and consumption of cloud based licensing within complex IaaS environments. Integrating with the various provider discovery services, our service provides reports on the deployment and usage of software licensing, validating risks as they are discovered.
This service allows a client to validate the use of licensing within cloud environments, ensuring that they meet existing licensing terms and conditions, avoiding compliance risks and highlighting future growth costs. Where the service is providing tracking of on-premises and cloud licensing usage, it also provides information to support the optimized migration between these environments.
Our trustworthy data services can also provide cloud consumption reporting to a wider set of organization stakeholders, who may need consumption and cost analysis reporting to support their own internal financial processes outside of IT.
Our reporting services can provide consumption reporting for specific organization stakeholders based on a specific set of environmental measures:
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