The folks from DivvyCloud, Brian Johnson, CEO, and Peter Scott, CSO/CMO, came by to introduce the company and talk a bit about what they're doing for their clients. After learning about the good, the bad and the ugly of using cloud computing as a platform while at Electronic Arts it became clear to them that managing in-house and off-premise platforms was a complex process. So, they decided to get together a team to make cloud use and administration easy.
DivvyCloud Management Platform
The company's primary offering is a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) designed to gather cloud infrastructure and the needed cloud application lifecycle management data together and make it easy for developers to use DivvyCloud's dashboard or write their own applications or use their on business intelligence tools for each cloud service they've chosen to use.
DivvyCloud CMP makes it possible to see and control resources across on- and off-premise clouds using a "single-pane-of-glass." If the administrator or developer has the proper rights, he or she can manage entire clouds, individual processing instances, storage volumes, backup snapshots, security groups, users, IP addresses and even networks and subnetworks.
At this point, the company is supporting most of the popular cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace, Google Compute Engine, HP Hellion, Exoscale, and VMware vSphere. CMP is designed to execute locally rather than being offered as a cloud service itself.
It is also possible for administrators to learn out resources are linked together and easily map dependencies or an entire cloud footprint. This information can be exported and analyzed using a standard spreadsheet.
CMP also makes is possible to monitor and report on performance of individual elements or a company's entire cloud footprint.
It quickly became clear that Johnson and Scott had been there and done that when it comes to deploying complex, high performance applications both locally and in a cloud service provider's network. It is obvious that they've experienced the pain that comes from deploying a critical application and watching it perform badly or not perform at all. They've packed up what they've learned so that customers don't have to experience the same problems.
DivvyCloud isn't alone in the market to provide tools such as this, however. In the past, I've spoken with Scalr, ElasticStack, and a few others. Each speaks about similar problems and what they've done to address them. Each has brought similar levels of experience and expertise to the party and is offering something customers tell me that they find quite useful.
Is DivvyCloud the right choice for you? Unfortunately, the only way to really answer that question is to evaluate how each of the players can address the unique issues your company has experienced. It appears that all of these suppliers are offering powerful solutions to management and monitoring problems.