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Cost Management Services

Overview

Cost management is the process of planning and controlling the budget of a business. Cost management is a form of management accounting that allows a business to predict impending expenditures to help reduce the chance of going over budget.

Implementing a cost management structure for projects can help a business keep their over-all budget under control. Several business intelligence (BI) programs, such as Oracle Hyperion, offer cost management software to help businesses monitor costs and increase profitability.

Synergetics Cost Management Services:

Synergetics cost management solution helps you learn about cost management through the Cost Management Workshop and provide Cost management automation to monitor and control Azure spending and optimize resource use. Learn how to analyze costs, create and manage budgets, export data, and review and act on recommendations.

On availing Synergetics Continuous Cost Management Services you will be able to get accurate cloud financials and achieve operational excellence, from the beginning of your migration to industry-disrupting transformation and achieve following goals.

Synergetics Cost Management Services Features:

Cost Visibility

 

Cost Reduction

Managing cloud spend is the top priority for enterprises running workloads and applications in the cloud. Understanding the cloud spend is extremely difficult when the monthly bill for your constantly changing cloud infrastructure can be millions of lines. This leaves companies vulnerable to costly surprises and unable to predict if their cloud spend will stay on budget.

 

Uncover hidden cloud costs and monitor increases in resource spend with over a year of historical data at your fingertips Customize automated policies to identify immediate cost saving opportunities and take corrective action. Save money by leveraging automated recommendations to downsize or terminate unused resources.

Budget Reporting

 

Allocation and Chargeback

Define cloud operating budgets by customizable business units. Compare the actual spend to your monthly budget and be proactively notified when you are projected to exceed it.
Hold departments or teams accountable by viewing the breakdown of monthly spend per business unit and allocating costs to the appropriate team.


 

Accurate and timely cloud financials can be extremely elusive. While tags can help, they are not enough to deal with shared resources, untaggable costs, or to map services to your accounting structure and to provide a cohesive view across accounts, subscriptions and clouds. Furthermore, billing data does not reflect discounts, credits, amortization and custom surcharges — critical for allocations and chargebacks.

Spend Tracking

 

Optimization

Create reallocation rules to distribute cloud costs among one or more business groups, and know which departments, teams, owners, or applications are accountable for driving these costs.Evaluate month-over-month spending trends and anomalies, and leverage your historical data to forecast future spend over a custom period of time.


 

Achieving cloud efficiency is an ongoing process. New instances are provisioned, usage patterns change and providers add new services at breakneck pace. The challenge is to be able to quickly identify unused resources that should be shut down, underutilized resources that should be rightsized and instances for which Reserved Instances would have better rates.

Reserved Instance Management

 

Governance

Identify opportunities to reduce costs based on reserved instance usage trends. Receive proactive recommendations to ensure your Reserved Instance purchases are always fully optimized based on historical usage, reservation types, and expiring reservations.

 

Governance is critical for successful cloud migrations and operations. It is how companies ensure that their cloud implementation includes policies that keep them in line with their strategy and priorities. Given that business agility is a primary cloud driver, the trick is to set up governance policies in a way that ensures compliance while not undercutting the empowerment of teams at the edge. Cloud governance is a framework and an underlying construct for accountability.

Synergetics principles for Cost Managements

Planning

Comprehensive, up-front planning allows customers to tailor cloud usage to their specific business requirements. We expect them to ask?

  • What business problem are they solving?

  • What usage patterns they expect from their resources?

Their answers will help us to select the offerings that are right for them. It determines the infrastructure to use and how it's used to maximize Azure efficiency.

Visibility

When structured well, Cost Management helps customers to inform employee about the Azure costs they're responsible for or for the money they spend. We will align our services and identify tools to give insights into where the money is spent. Take advantage of these tools. Tools find resources that are underused, remove waste, and maximize cost-saving opportunities.

Accountability

Attribute costs in the organization to make sure that employees are responsible and accountable for their team's spending. To fully understand the organization's Azure spending, the azure resources need to be organized to maximize insight into cost attribution. Good organization helps to manage and reduce costs and hold people accountable for efficient spending in their organization.

Optimization

We will enable the customer by recommending the mantras for reducing the spend. Make the most of the recommended mantras and based on the findings gathered through planning and increasing cost visibility. We may recommend purchase and licensing optimizations along with infrastructure deployment changes.

Iteration

Everyone in the customer organization must engage in the cost management lifecycle. They need to stay involved on an ongoing basis to optimize costs. Be rigorous about this iterative process and make it a key tenet of responsible cloud governance in the enterprise.

About the Tool

Azure Cost Management (Cloudyn)

Last year Microsoft purchased Cloudyn and has since rebranded it Azure Cost Management. This is a free service that will anaylyze your Azure workloads and provide recommendations, such as right-sizing VMs and purchasing reserved instances. There's a whole host of features that give you the ability to evaluate, report and budget your Azure costs, so it's a great tool to take a look at to get an idea of where your money is going. For Azure services there is no charge for the service itself, and there is a paid tier if you need support and integration with other cloud providers. Definitely get this set up and leverage it to analyze your spend. Take a look at the following documentation for more details.

Azure Advisor

Along with Azure Cost Management, Azure Advisor is another service to take a look at to identify areas of inefficiency. Azure Advisor evaluates your environment and provides recommendations on high availability, security, performance and cost. It's a good idea to pay attention to the recommendations as a whole, but specific to cost it will make recommendations around resizing or shutting down unused VMs, identifying where you might be able to take advantage of Azure SQL Elastic Pools, and unutilized ExpressRoute circuits that may be costing you money. Azure Cost Management will give you more details on your compute, but it's still a good practice to check Advisor regularly for all the recommendations it provides.

Cost Analysis

Cost analysis to explore and analyze your organizational costs. You can view aggregated costs by organization to understand where costs occur over time and identify spending trends. You can view accumulated costs over time to estimate monthly, quarterly, or even yearly cost trends against a budget. A budget helps to provide adherence to financial constraints. And a budget is used to view daily or monthly costs to isolate spending irregularities. And, you can download the current report's data for further analysis or to use in an external system.

 

Synergetics Cost Management Methodology

Cost management is an organizational problem and should be an ongoing practice that begins before customers spend money on cloud resources. To successfully implement cost management and optimize costs, for customers Synergetics recommends they must:

  • Be prepared with the proper tools for success

  • Be accountable for costs

  • Take appropriate action to optimize spending

We engage with three key groups, outlined below, in order to align customer organization to make sure that costs are being managed successfully.

Finance - People responsible for approving budget requests across the organization based on cloud spending forecasts. They pay the corresponding bill and assign costs to various teams to drive accountability.

Managers - Business decision makers in an organization that need to understand cloud spending to find the best spending results.

App teams – Engineers managing cloud resources on a day-to-day basis, developing services to meet the organization's needs. These teams need the flexibility to deliver the most value in their defined budgets.

 

 

 

   

Server Management Services

Server management by Synergetics is defined as the tasks and services that are done on a server in order to manage it. This usually entails:

  • Monitoring of the server and apps running on the server. Checking their status, uptime, and monitoring for any new or recurring issues.

  • Updating the server and software installed on the server.

  • Setup and configuration. The actual server setup and configuration of software and services running on the server.

  • Other Services

Managed
Cloud Services,
Based on Your Business Needs

Why server management services with Synergetics?

  • Server work done right, by experts. You should always leave the server work to professionals that do it on a daily basis and have the experience, skills, and know-how of managing servers. That way you get your peace of mind knowing that your server is managed properly by people who know what they are doing.

  • Fewer costs. Instead of hiring a full-time system administrator (which can be quite costly), you can get a server management plan and save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on a monthly basis

  • Fewer worries. Why should you worry about updates and security of your server 24/7 when you can have Synergetics taking care of your servers? No need to stay updated on the latest security patches and releases, your server will be taken care of.

  • Quick(er) turnaround time. Depending on the provider itself and the experience of the sysadmins involved, the turnaround time for server issues and tasks is fairly quick. So instead of wasting hours on troubleshooting and research, you can have experts work on your server and fix any issues in a matter of minutes. This still depends on the severity and complexity of the issue itself, but when compared, having expert server managers working on your server is far quicker than doing it yourself.

  • 24/7 availability
     

Types of Server Management
We install, monitor, and manage cloud servers such as:

  • Microsoft Windows Server

  • Web Server

  • Database Server

  • Microsoft Azure

  • Linux Servers

Standard Plan

Monitoring

Server Monitoring

The issues we detect and proactively address are:

  • Proactive monitoring

  • Low disk space or memory

  • Disk failures

  • High CPU utilization

  • Services failures

  • Other important system diagnostics

  • Best effort third party application support and troubleshooting

Our Managed Services team will be alerted and take the appropriate action 24×7, preventing technical issues from ballooning in to serious problems.

Checks

In addition to our automated monitoring capabilities, we assign engineers from our Managed Services Team (MST) who perform routine health checks of your server systems. Items that are routinely checked depend on the specific role of your server and include action items such as system log review and critical services review.

Updating

Patching

We keep your servers secure, 24 x 7 x 365, with pre-scheduled, routine security updates.

The monthly patches are:

  • Pre-screened and

  • Deployed in a timely manner to minimize disruption

  • Monitored to confirm proper installation

Other Services

Optimization

We employ innovative practices to customize server infrastructures for your specific business needs. We automate the monitoring, management and maintenance of your server systems and optimize the performance of your infrastructure and Applications such as Performance tuning of Website.

Server Consolidation

Get more efficient and effective planning, deployment and implementation of industry leading server technologies. We build server solutions to minimize hardware and management costs, simplify systems, and reduce downtime risk. We will customize them to meet your specific needs.

Your annual Server Management can be bundled with discretionary system administration. for such tasks as break/fix occurrences, initial system deployment, and major OS upgrades. During the initial implementation, our engineers will discuss all steps of the implementation with you prior to beginning. They will then install the software necessary for remote administration, performing any reconfiguration required to bring all administered systems to a known state for easier monitoring and management.

 

Premium Plan

Updating

Setup and Configuration

  • Initial server optimization

  • Initial server hardening

  • Daily server updates & patches

  • Control panel installation

  • Deactivation of unused services

  • Name server setup

  • Initial firewall setup

  • Software installation/configuration

  • Third party software installation

Other Services

Security & Audit

  • Advanced firewall management

  • SSL certificate diagnostic

  • Enhanced server security & optimization

  • Malware investigation & resolution

  • Spam investigation & resolution

  • Outage and intrusion forensics

   

Application Monitoring Services

In today’s digital economy, speed is everything. Especially for applications and websites accessed by end users, when there is slowness, it will have a direct detrimental impact on business productivity, profits and even the brand itself.

If an ecommerce application loads slowly or experiences errors, it will translate into loss of business, and the customer might end up switching to another website – possibly your competitor.

Whether it is a custom web application, VDI application, mobile application, or a packaged enterprise application such as SAP, Siebel, SharePoint, ensuring high performance and user experience in production defines the success of the application.

Application performance monitoring is the strategy and practice of continuously monitoring and tracking the performance of business applications and the user experience of end users as they access the applications to understand trends, isolate anomalies, and get actionable insight for problem resolution and code optimization.

Measuring the availability, response time and behaviour of each and every business transaction is key to understanding the user journey. When a user performs a transaction on a digital business service, the application owner needs to know:

  • If the application is responding as it should

  • Whether all the backend processes are being executed as they should

  • If there is any slowness in transaction processing, which part of the application architecture is causing it

  • Whether there is an error/bug in the application code, a problem in the application server or in the web front end, a query executing slowly, a hotspot in the backend database, slow network, etc.

So, monitoring must evolve from just looking at hardware metrics to analyzing application codes and business transactions. The performance of an application should be measured with a user -centric view. This forms the basis of application performance monitoring (APM).

Application monitoring and management is a process that ensures that a software application process and performs in an expected manner and scope. This technique routinely identifies, measures and evaluates the performance of an application and provides the means to isolate and rectify any abnormalities or shortcomings in the administrative area and associated tools involved with overseeing the operation of business software and ensuring that it functions and performs as expected.

Features

  • Data Center Assessment and Inventory

  • Proactive Service

  • Management and Status Reporting

  • Best Practice Driven

  • Automated and Reliable

  • Break/fix maintenance of Windows OS-based workstations & Servers and attached peripherals

  • Knowledge transfer to in-house administrators and end users

  • Optional on-site hardware maintenance for Hybrid Networks.

  • One number to call for issues with {Applications and Vendors} systems

Benefits

  • Reliability

  • Consistency

  • Productivity

  • Cost Management and Control

  • Performance

  • Managed Expansion and Growth

  • Increase efficiency: respond faster to problems and meet required service levels

  • Increase effectiveness: only used when needed

  • Realize value: reduce your cost of ownership

 

 

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About Synergetics

Synergetics is a “Born in the CLOUD” multi services company providing services to help Small-Medium Enterprises grow faster by modernizing data centers and Applications involving adoption of Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud technologies as Business Accelerators.

Incorporated in 2004 and headquartered in MUMBAI, India, Synergetics has 50+ specialists. Synergetics provides services for modernizing data centers by implementing hybrid cloud which propels enterprises in their IT-as-a-Service journey which enables global enterprises to become more agile and innovative.

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