Reviews (1-3 of 3)
August 15, 2019
Score 9 out of 10
We use CloudCheckr to monitor our AWS environments for cost, inventory, utilization, and security. It addresses the monitoring of configuration in AWS and provides recommendations for cost savings, security best practices, and where we can make better decisions around our usage. We use the alerts and reports to feed our centralized monitoring and reporting system to catch misconfigurations and unusual cost usage on a daily basis. With things like S3 buckets being the number one data breach vector in AWS, it is great to have a piece of mind that something is watching to make sure we don’t expose data incorrectly. It also provides a multi-account view which is great for that single pane of glass view of the estate.
- Monitor costs and provide alerts when they deviate from normal usage.
- Provide security best practices and alert on misconfigurations.
- Monitor utilisation and recommend more appropriate instance sizes and reserved instance purchases.
- Provide a single pane of glass view for multiple accounts in AWS.
- There are so many options that you can feel a little lost at the time, but training, documentation and a great support team are on hand.
- Would like to be able to do detailed training and certification, but I understand this may be on the way.
- Provide more real-time monitoring.
CloudCheckr is fantastic for those that are purely in the Cloud as it provides everything you need under one roof for a comprehensive configuration and usage monitoring tool. It has SysLog capabilities though so you can farm out the alerts into a SIEM or other log management system, so hybrid environments could also benefit from its use.
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Fantastic Support team who are responsive and address question and concerns promptly with a thorough explanation and fast resolution.
February 07, 2019
Score 10 out of 10
We host our SaaS platform on AWS, and it has grown rather large over the years. We originally got CloudCheckr just so we could figure out what reserved instances we ought to purchase. Getting this detail figured out without having to spend a day or more doing it manually already saved us more than the cost of CloudCheckr. As we got other details aligned with their recommended best practices, we purchased their other modules, again seeing immediate savings. AWS can be large and complex, and having the right tools is critical to managing it all without losing your mind.
- Detailed Best Practices. It's important to align your cloud to industry best practices for security and cost—it just performs better if it's used the way it's meant to be used. AWS is very flexible, and that's great when you have special requirements, but you've got to at least know when you're using something in a non-standard way so you can think through the implications.
- Cost Reduction. Some recommendations are almost impossible to make at least for our setup, but many, many others are easy. We only have to log into CloudCheckr every few months and make a few changes for it to more than pay for itself.
- Right-Sizing. This is related to the other points, but for some reason is separate from their cost module. The metrics it's able to pull only tell half the story, so it's good to verify it's sizing recommendations before making changes. But it does show you what instances to focus on first, and even if you choose a slightly different size to move it to, it does clearly indicate it's current size isn't appropriate. And this works both ways, if the size is too big, you can save some cash by making it smaller, but if it's too small, you want to be sure to scale up before you run into performance problems.
- UI can be difficult to navigate. Given the amount of data, it's not surprising, but I often launch the different reports in multiple tabs so I don't get lost.
- Can be expensive. Not in our case, but you probably want to check and make sure you'll see significant cost savings that'll pay for the product as we did.
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If you want to control the cost of your cloud infrastructure and adhere to the industry's security best practices, this is the best I've found. If you want to right-size your instances, this can provide a place to start, but there are other tools like https://www.metricly.com/ that might be better suited. For us, this was enough, and we couldn't justify the additional expense of another tool. But it's primary purpose is to control costs.
September 25, 2017
We are using CloudCheckr to support Amazon Web Services cost and resource management for hundreds of client accounts. CloudCheckr allows us to have control over custom rate and discount application for those customers as well as generate custom reporting. CloudCheckr also allows customers to gain insights into their AWS resources and view recommendations for optimizing the cost and performance of their environments.
- CloudCheckr best practice reports aggregate a decade of industry cloud computing lessons learned and apply them to a customer's environment so that they can secure and optimize their infrastructure.
- CloudCheckr custom reports allow for custom invoicing capabilities for a reseller as well as tailored reporting for a customer. Being able to host both in the same platform means that customers can align their invoices with the billing information at their fingertips.
- CloudCheckr alerts allow a customer to set up notifications for cost or security events without writing any code.
- CloudCheckr features have a tendency to break without warning. Functionality in place for months could suddenly stop working.
- CloudCheckr support often delays work on support tickets for fixing broken application functionality.
- The CloudCheckr platform and documentation website often crash or experience performance degradation.
- CloudCheckr cost reporting is often impacted by faulty code or broken report functionality. This can contribute to a low level of confidence in CloudCheckr's ability to deliver accurate cost reporting.
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CloudCheckr is well-suited for all scenarios if it works properly. However, I have experienced a steady stream of critical issues that impact the abilities of my customers and my team to leverage the platform. When the platform is working properly, the reports give layers of visibility into an organization's cloud costs and structure, and the functionality meet business and security needs while offloading the effort to build and maintain such monitors and automated notifications.
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What is CloudCheckr?
CloudCheckr is an AWS cost and security management platform. It monitors and analyzes AWS data sources, including AWS CloudTrail logs, AWS Config, AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) flow logs, AWS CloudWatch and AWS API calls, to help users optimize AWS environment resources.
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