Cloud management provider RightScale is adding a new service to its portfolio with the acqusition of ShopForCloud.
The Scotland-based ShopForCloud is a free cloud cost forecasting website that enables companies to budget for cloud costs with tools for planning various architectures and usage patterns.
Users can also use the platform to access up-to-date pricing from a variety of cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace. PlanForCloud can be used by any business to calculate cloud costs -- even ones that are not currently RightScale customers or even users of cloud services.
That means you don't need a cloud provider account of any kind to actually use the service, making it a more appealing tool for companies that are still considering cloud adoption. It would also come in handy for businesses considering a multi-cloud strategy.
Now rebranded as PlanForCloud, customers can use the service to forecast costs on any supported cloud, save the forecasts, and then updated them as prices fluctuate. Beyond that, users can produce detailed, 3-year cost reports as quickly was within a few minutes for drafting future cloud infrastructure budgets. RightScale CEO Michael Crandell asserted in a statement that "the combination will allow businesses to manage their current and past cloud spending as well as their future cloud budgets.” Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the merger has already closed. Screenshot via RightScale