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Scalr beefs up cloud management tool — and not just for developers

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A new version of Scalr‘s multi-cloud management tool adds new perks for the developer, IT and finance departments of cloud-using companies.

With Scalr 5.0, for example, IT pros can set up policies to prevent deployment of workloads to the wrong cloud resources. “If you work at Visa and have workloads dealing with credit card transactions, IT can set that up so that those workloads are routed, by default to Virtual Private Cloud resources or to OpenStack,” said Sebastian Stadil, founder of the San Francisco-based startup. The developer can’t opt or mistakenly put those anywhere else. Or test-and-dev jobs are automatically assigned to less expensive single- or dual-processor instances as opposed to high-end quad or 16-core instances.

This feature lets IT “set up guard rails for these jobs,” he added.

For developers, Scalr 5.0 now supports webhooks, so Scalr ships off notifications of important events to the customers’ external configuration management database (CMDB) or other audit systems. If an instance kicks off or stops, a webhook in the form of a standard HTTP JSON request is dispatched to the CMDB so that activity is tracked and logged.

And for the finance types, [company]Scalr[/company] collects metadata about all cloud resources — who launched this instance and when? What jobs is it performing? That functionality was made available in August and is rolled into this overall 5.0 release. The way AWS displays resources in its bill is pretty much incomprehensible to non-developers so this is a pretty good feature for the financial suite.

scalr dashboard

The ability to see into and manage workloads across multiple clouds could appeal to large companies that might have jobs running across [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services public and various private clouds — Scalr works with AWS, [company]Microsoft[/company] Azure, [company]Google[/company] Cloud Platform and various OpenStack and other private clouds (see the chart below). Rivals in this arena include [company]RightScale[/company] and Dell’s Enstratius (or Enstratus) services.

scalr supported clouds