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Firm Uses Machine Learning to Detect AWS Cost Anomalies

FittedCloud Inc. today announced new anomaly detection capabilities in its offerings that optimize costs for various Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) products.

The firm said its tools now leverage sophisticated machine learning algorithms to detect when cloud resource provisioning for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and DynamoDB (NoSQL database) services deviates from normal boundaries and then alert customers.

Such cost optimization anomalies could result from several factors, including programming errors in automation scripts, or exposed identity and access management (IAM) keys, which could enable an attacker to create many public cloud compute and storage resources, resulting in financial harm.

The company said its offerings now use new predictive analytics capabilities to identify such cases.

For specific examples of this, the company said: "FittedCloud's cost management solutions will identify when a higher than the usual number of EC2 resources are created, when EBS capacity is greater than normal, or when a greater than the standard amount of data is uploaded to S3 buckets. FittedCloud's anomaly detection alerts provide the location of the attack and credentials used for attack, among other pertinent details."

Featuring near-real-time analysis, the company's tools provide visualization details for anomalies and send email alerts about them to warn customers.

"FittedCloud is solving a significant challenge -- wasted spending on AWS resources such as compute and storage," the company quoted customer Prashant Parikh, an exec at Erwin, as saying. "Fitting the cloud to customers' needs with machine learning helps customers from buying more resources than are necessary. Given how fast AWS environments change and the amount of data they create, anomaly detection is instrumental in helping customers mitigate the financial risk of an attack that creates an exorbitant amount of resources. If an anomaly is found, FittedCloud's alerts will make it quick and easy to identify the cause of the problem and fix it."

Information on FittedCloud's various service plans is available here.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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