Artisan Infrastructure Partners with Cloud Cruiser to Add New Cloud Cost Management Solution

Partnership enables MSPs and VARs to offer new levels of cost management, chargeback and billing to customers implementing Artisan Infrastructure's Cornerstone Virtual Private Data Center

Sep 14, 2011, 12:30 ET from Cloud Cruiser

AUSTIN, Texas and ROSEVILLE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Artisan Infrastructure, the wholesale Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider, and Cloud Cruiser, the leader in cloud cost management solutions, today announced a strategic partnership that will enhance Artisan Infrastructure's Cornerstone Virtual Private Data Center (vPDC) platform with Cloud Cruiser's enterprise suite of cost management and chargeback solutions. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Cloud Communications Expo that began yesterday at the Austin Convention Center.

Artisan Infrastructure provides an enterprise grade, infinitely scalable, high I/O supporting, wholesale IaaS platform that allows managed solution providers, IT integrators, Platform-as-a-Service providers and software developers to build, manage, and own their own public and private cloud solutions.  Now with Cloud Cruiser's cost management solution, wholesale partners gain unparalleled business intelligence, depth and simplicity when analyzing consumption of IaaS resources and their associated costs.  The joint partnership includes additional integration of industry leading Professional Services Automation (PSA) platforms providing enhanced value to the MSP community migrating to the cloud.

"Integrating Cloud Cruiser’s cost management solution with Cornerstone will provide Artisan’s wholesale partners with enterprise grade tools, visibility and feature sets around IaaS resource consumption, costs, customer level margin, and trending that are non-existent in the IaaS market,” said Steve Williams, Vice President of Corporate Development at Artisan Infrastructure. “Our service provider customers can count on us to develop tools that enable them to run highly profitable, cloud centric business models. The relationship with Cloud Cruiser enables us to continue to deliver those necessary tools.”

"Cloud Cruiser not only give users end-to-end transparency, we also provide proactive controls to protect against rogue workloads where all of a sudden you have an application that's running up unexpected costs," says Cloud Cruiser founder and CEO Dave Zabrowski. "With Cloud Cruiser we can give you confidence to ensure workloads don’t go crazy on you."

Spending on public IT cloud services is predicted to grow at more than five times the rate of the IT industry as organizations move a wider range of business applications into the cloud. Managing those costs will become a greater importance to companies as they move more workloads to the cloud.

"Just like traditional IT, with cloud computing, enterprises need to gain visibility and understanding of the true costs involved at a sufficiently detailed level," noted Jay Pultz, Vice President & Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. "Such an understanding is obviously paramount to effective management of cloud computing costs."

"While the cloud offers the promise of cost savings through virtualization and elastic provisioning, its distributed and dynamic nature makes it difficult to track, control and optimize costs," added Dave Zabrowski. "Understanding that this can be a barrier to cloud adoption, Cloud Cruiser's cloud cost management solution was architected specifically for leading cloud providers like Artisan Infrastructure to provide their customers with granular end-to-end cost visibility, resource usage chargeback, and proactive budgets, alerts, and consumption forecasting."

Cloud Cruiser is the leader in cloud cost management solutions. Cloud Cruiser's cost management software is designed specifically for enterprises and server providers to gain transparency, accountability, chargeback and proactive controls of their IT costs across a heterogeneous environment of internal, private and public workloads.  Cloud-centric businesses can now see, charge, control and own every workload to the end-user level. With Cloud Cruiser, the Federal Government, large providers such as Microsoft, HP, Dell, VMware, Amazon, Google, Savvis, Rackspace and Nimbula will be able to cost optimize their entire cloud-centric infrastructures. For more information visit:

Artisan Infrastructure is the wholesale Infrastructure-as-a Service provider. The company delivers infrastructure on demand through a global network of more than 150 service providers and maintains geographically diverse SAS 70 Type II data centers. Partners include national and international managed service providers, systems integrators, software developers, communications providers, and value added resellers. Through Cornerstone, Artisan's Virtual Private Data Center (vPDC) platform, partners maintain complete control, autonomy, security, and visibility when building their own private and public cloud solutions.  Cornerstone scales from single site, secure multi-tenant environments to highly complex dedicated infrastructure on multiple continents.  With Artisan Infrastructure, partners eliminate the complexity, capital and operational costs, of building and maintaining best-of-breed, geographically redundant data centers that infinitely scale. A neutral ecosystem of independent software vendor templates allows immediate turn up, trial and deployment of cloud solutions faster and more affordably.  For more information, visit

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