With the launch of the public beta of its cloud cost-tracking service,Cloudability is making APIs available to let customers access their own billing and usage information from popular cloud providers including Salesforce.com, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Google and Heroku.
The service, which aims to help companies track and monitor what their users pay for multiple cloud services, could help ease “cloud sprawl.” That’s what happens when individual users sign up for services using their credit cards and expense them. There is little corporate control, and getting a better handle on who’s using what services could help the company better plan its budget or even negotiate for volume deals if the demand is high. Cloudability, once dubbed “the Mint.com for companies,” wants to help business customers get a handle on all of that.
Starting Wednesday, Cloudability, a member of the AWS developers program, will let beta customers use JSON or XML API, through which they can access their cloud billing and usage data from major providers. From there, that data can be funneled into Excel spreadsheets or whatever other software the company would like to use.
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