As you make your way back to the office after the holidays, I’m sure you haven’t had much time to keep up with technology headlines. We put together a quick summary of some cloud and AWS-related articles that I hope you’ll find useful.

The Headline: AWS cloud cost management in the spotlight for 2016

From: Beth Pariseau at TechTarget’s SearchAWS

TL;DR: AWS added Cost and Usage Reports to its Billing Console, one of several cloud cost management tools from AWS, but users still have unaddressed desires, including a need for better security tools in AWS.

Key Quote: “IT operations teams must build up their cost-management skills in the cloud era… they will depend on IT to show them the cost benefits continue.”

The ParkMyCloud take: Through conversations with our customers and prospective users, it’s become clear that improving cost management is indeed a priority for AWS. What this article hints at, without stating outright, is that the offerings of tools to manage these costs has become complex, and that many analytics tools do not allow users to actually take action.


The Headline: How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

From: James Bourne at Cloud Tech

TL;DR: A recent survey showed that IT professionals still lack the ability to allocate public cloud computing costs, in conjunction with a rise in rates of usage for business-critical applications.

Key Quote: “Lack of usage visibility and cost transparency are key problem areas which have in turn created demand for new, flexible and easy to use solutions that drive efficiency, cost savings and a way to hold business users accountable for what they are consuming.”

The ParkMyCloud take: Some of the statistics given in this article have become nearly self-evident: that cloud consumption metrics are needed, and that more companies are trusting AWS with more of their applications and development. This simultaneous increase in spend and obscured usage leads to wasted dollars on unused computing time.


The Headline: Simplification is the Technology Trend for 2016

From: Werner Vogels, VP & CTO, Amazon

TL;DR: In 2016, we will see simplified applications, infrastructures, and technological systems. This includes microservices (supported by Docker and the like), serverless architectures (such as those supported by AWS Lambda), and simple integration with APIs.

Key Quote: “People are seeking to simplify their applications, infrastructures and technological systems. In 2016 we can expect to see the quest for building simpler systems to take off. “

The ParkMyCloud take: At ParkMyCloud, our mission is to provide a simple, single-purpose tool to quickly reduce cloud spend. We’re glad to see that others — including Amazon’s CTO — agree and are moving the same direction.

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.