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The Ultimate Guide To AWS Savings Plans

This guide includes example scenarios where AWS Savings Plans should be used, considerations to take into account before committing to AWS Savings Plans, and answers to frequently asked questions.


AWS Cost Optimization: Best Practices to Lower Your Cloud Bill

This paper outlines best practices to establish a cloud financial management practice to reduce AWS costs, and guidance on how AWS customers use a cloud financial management solution to execute that practice.


Navigating the Shift to Public Cloud Security With a DevSecOps Mindset

The rising number of cloud data breaches due to simple service misconfigurations is forcing cloud security owners to rethink security practices. In this eBook, we’ll explore how to navigate the shift to public cloud security.


Comparing AWS Tools for Cloud Cost Management and Optimization

AWS customers often encounter much larger bills than expected. This ebook lays out the services that AWS provides to help with cloud cost management, and helps you understand how to navigate your options.


The State of Cloud Security Risk, Compliance, and Misconfigurations

Cloud misconfigurations consistently are a top concern for organizations utilizing public cloud. Such errors lead to data breaches, allow the deletion or modification of resources, cause service interruptions, and otherwise wreak havoc on business operations. With recent breaches due to misconfigurations making major headlines, this survey was conducted to better understand the current state of cloud security programs, tools utilized to mitigate security risks, organizations’ cloud security posture, and barriers organizations face in reducing security risks.


The Next Generation of Cloud Management Starts with a Cloud Center of Excellence

To help ensure your organization can keep up with the pace of change in cloud management, here's a guide on how to establish a Cloud Center of Excellence, including examples of successful implementation with other organizations across the three key areas of excellence: cloud financial management, operations, and security and compliance.


Common Culprits for Unexpected AWS Cost Spikes

Enterprises rely on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver agility, operational flexibility, and faster innovation. However, managing cloud costs is significantly different from managing on-premises data center costs, and in many cases, the same specific cloud services are responsible for unexpected cost spikes. To help know what to look for, here is a quick list of common AWS services that often contribute to unpredictable costs.


8 Best Practices for Reducing Spend in Azure

Enterprises rely on Azure to deliver agility, operational flexibility, and faster innovation in the cloud. However, managing cloud costs is significantly different from managing on-premises data center costs. It can be difficult to keep up with the speed of the cloud to optimize resources and align cloud spend with business initiatives.


The Ultimate Guide To AWS Savings Plans

In late 2019, AWS introduced a new pricing option for instances called Savings Plans, which offer the flexibility for customers to capitalize on the same discounts as Reserved Instances (RIs) even as instance sizes change. However, while Savings Plans provide greater degrees of flexibility, they don’t alleviate all the management burden of Reservations—and in some areas come with greater challenges.


The State of Cloud Security Risk, Compliance, and Misconfigurations

Cloud misconfigurations consistently are a top concern for organizations utilizing public cloud. Such errors lead to data breaches, allow the deletion or modification of resources, cause service interruptions, and otherwise wreak havoc on business operations. With recent breaches due to misconfigurations making major headlines, this survey was conducted to better understand the current state of cloud security programs, tools utilized to mitigate security risks, organizations’ cloud security posture, and barriers organizations face in reducing security risks.