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CloudHealth by VMware

Cloud Cost Management

Harness Cloud Cost Management empowers engineers with cloud cost visibility of their apps, microservices, and clusters.
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CloudHealth by VMware

CloudHealth Technologies delivers cloud service management for enterprises to effectively optimize cost, usage, performance, and security.

Company size
Company size

101-250

Founded
Founded

2012

Funding
Funding

Acquired

CloudHealth is categorized as:
Cloud Cost Management

Curious how Harness Cloud Cost Management features stack against the competition?

CloudHealth by VMware vs Harness: DevOps Tools Comparison

Updated

February 22, 2022

  • SaaS
  • Audience & Primary Users
  • Finance
  • Cloud Support
  • Time Granularity
  • Tag Management Required
  • Hybrid Cloud Visibility
  • Cloud Account Visibility
  • Cloud Region Visibility
  • Application Visibility
  • Microservice Visibility
  • Environment Visibility
  • Non-Cluster Visibility (Services)
  • Cluster Visibility (Kubernetes/ECS)
  • Root Cost Analysis (3 Metrics)
  • Cloud Event Correlation (e.g. deploy)
  • Cost Recommendations
  • Alerting & Budgets
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Reporting
  • Documentation
  • Training
  • Support
  • Automated Idle Resource Management
  • Cloud Cost Business Intelligence

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Detailed Feature Comparison

Harness Cloud Cost Management Vs. CloudHealth by VMware

Time Granularity:

CloudHealth currently only offers daily granularity. For many customers, and especially engineering teams, that simply isn’t enough. Many things can go wrong in 24 hours and it’s imperative to have a more granular view into cloud costs. That’s why Harness Cloud Cost Management offers hourly granularity; it’s an almost-real-time view into possible issues that could end up very costly.

Tag Management Required:

Without great tag hygiene, it’s difficult to get the full value out of CloudHealth. They provide ways to automate tag governance, but the tool still relies heavily on customers creating, applying, and maintaining good tagging policies to get granular visibility. In addition, applied tags only exist in CloudHealth and do not propagate to your cloud provider. Harness minimizes the pain of tagging, providing visibility into application, service, environment, namespace, and workload.

Visibility:

While CloudHealth provides visibility into Kubernetes costs, they do not provide analysis to help customers break out their utilized, idle, and unallocated costs within Kubernetes. Because these are crucial to understand resource efficiency in Kubernetes, Harness surfaces this information out of the box.

Root Cost Analysis (3 Metrics):

While CloudHealth provides visibility into Kubernetes costs, they do not provide analysis to help customers break out their utilized, idle, and unallocated costs within Kubernetes. Because these are crucial to understand resource efficiency in Kubernetes, Harness surfaces this information out of the box.

Cloud Event Correlation:

To correlate feature releases or engineering deployments with changes in cloud costs, a cloud cost management tool needs to have context behind an organization’s Continuous Delivery pipelines. CloudHealth is a standalone tool that has no way of getting this context, whereas Harness ties right into a customer’s pipelines to make the correlation between deployments and cost changes.

Cost Recommendations:

Harness focuses on providing cost optimization recommendations for Kubernetes workloads. This allows customers to simply use existing resources in more efficient ways – no need to validate purchase, downsizing, and rightsizing recommendations that change the composition of the infrastructure. This validation is required with CloudHealth recommendations, which also does not surface opportunities for cost efficiency in Kubernetes, limiting itself to the cloud providers.

Anomaly Detection:

Harness provides the ability for customers to automatically flag and drill down to any anomalous cost spikes, avoiding end-of-month surprises. Leveraging machine learning that customizes itself to a customer’s environment, including seasonality, customers are able to proactively detect and resolve cost spikes. With CloudHealth, customers need to manually identify anomalous costs, increasing the risk of undiscovered cost spikes that can snowball into large bills by the end of the month.

Key Takeaways:

CloudHealth provides a great set of visibility, savings, and forecast tools for cloud providers. However, they fall short in providing deep support for Kubernetes, which is where the world is headed. There is also an inordinate amount of tagging required, which puts the onus on your teams to engage in maintaining proper tag hygiene. Why not go a simpler route – one that doesn’t require tagging for Kubernetes visibility?

If you’re looking for tag-free and rich visibility, savings, and forecasting for Kubernetes, Harness Cloud Cost Management is the clear winner. Harness understands the pressure good tag hygiene puts on engineering teams, and the hurdles that introduces to creating good cost visibility in Kubernetes. We offer a less effort-intensive solution, providing you with the visibility you need – immediately.

*Please note: Our competitors, just like us, release updates to their products on a regular cadence. We keep these pages updated to the best of our ability, but there are bound to be discrepancies. For the most up-to-date information on competitor features, browsing the competitor’s new release pages and communities are your best bet.

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