Alphas Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Hajime Hirose, hereinafter referred to as the Company), which develops cloud cost management and optimization tools, will launch the cloud cost optimization tool “Aqua” on September 30, 2021. We are pleased to announce the official release.
Since 2018, we have been providing SaaS tools "Ripple" and "Wave" for aggregating, managing, and analyzing cloud costs, and these tools have been adopted mainly by Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner companies in Japan and overseas. . In recent years, cloud financial management (CFM), a framework that incorporates the PDCA cycle into cloud cost management, has been proposed to understand, analyze, and optimize cloud costs, and then create and execute a budget. became. By providing Aqua, a new tool specializing in cost optimization, we will support companies using the cloud to establish CFM.
What is “Aqua”?
Aqua is a SaaS tool that helps you optimize your cloud costs. By leveraging Aqua, companies using the cloud will be able to control costs and operate more efficiently while aiming to achieve their business goals. Aqua's recommendations are useful for companies that are considering cost optimization but have not actually started, or for companies that have issues with utilizing resources appropriately according to the operating status of multiple AWS accounts they manage. provides clues to promote cost optimization. Currently it supports AWS, and in the future it will also support Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
Characteristics of “Aqua”
- Cost optimization from a CCoE perspective
How many instances are being operated at list price relative to the overall usage, are Reserved Instances and Savings Plans being applied, and are Spot Instances being operated? It is displayed. In addition, low-risk AWS Reserved Instances and Savings Plans purchase recommendation functions and deadline notification alert functions are implemented to promote efficient use of Reserved Instances and Savings Plans.
- Resource optimization from an engineer's perspective
The "Size Optimization (Right Sizing) Recommendation" function detects waste from the capacity of the instances being used and recommends the optimal size, while checking the weekly instance operation status. It is equipped with a "scheduling" function that displays how much work is being done on a specific day of the week and time. Costs can be optimized by reducing the number of instances or stopping them during periods of low utilization.
Regardless of the structure of AWS Organizations, Aqua's great advantage is that you can understand the cost situation across multiple accounts and practice overall optimization. We are also planning to implement a feature that will guide you through the cost optimization flow step by step in a wizard format. We provide an intuitive UI that allows you to understand the optimization content even if you do not have a detailed understanding of public cloud services.