Managing Recommendations

vCommander issues recommendations to help you optimize VM performance and minimize cost. To view all recommendations, go to Tools > Recommendations.

About cloud expense management

To benefit most from vCommander cloud expense managment, carry out the following steps:

  1. Apply rightsizing recommendations
  2. Apply and configure power schedule recommendations
  3. Use Reserved Instance recommendations or the Reserved Instance Planner report to guide your RI purchases
  4. Monitor and repeat

If you begin with RI planning, you may end up purchasing the wrong size or quantity of RIs, which can be an expensive mistake.

Cost optimization is an ongoing, iterative process. Once you've rightsized, set power schedules and purchased RIs, it's critical to monitor your cloud platform infrastructure and your bill, and continually optimize.

Watch our Cloud Cost Optimization video to learn about the features that work together to reduce your cloud costs.

Rightsizing recommendations

Using VM data from the cloud platform (and optionally from third-party performance monitoring tools), vCommander issues CPU and memory rightsizing recommendations for VMs. vCommander can issue instance type rightsizing recommendations for public cloud (AWS and Azure) based on CPU and memory performance metrics.

To view only memory rightsizing recommendations, enter memory in the filter field. To view only instance type rightsizing recommendations, enter instance type in the filter field. To view only downsizing recommendations, enter down in the filter field.

To customize the rules used to generate rightsizing recommendations, go to Configuration > Groups > Rightsizing.

To learn more, see Rightsizing VMs and Instances and Configuring Rules for VM Rightsizing.

Power schedule recommendations

Power schedule groups help to ensure that VMs are powered on when needed and powered off when not needed, to minimize cost without hindering productivity. vCommander issues power schedule recommendations for VMs.

To view only power schedule recommendations, enter power in the filter field.

To customize the rules used to generate power schedule recommendations, go to Configuration > Groups > Power Schedule, and click Configure Recommendations.

To learn more, see Configuring and Applying Power Schedule Recommendations.

Reserved Instance purchase recommendations

vCommander issues recommendations to purchase Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, which provide a significant discount compared with on-demand pricing. Based on your Amazon EC2 instance uptime, vCommander recommends EC2 Reserved Instance purchases for each region and shows you the projected savings for each purchase.

To view only Reserved Instance recommendations, enter reserved in the filter field.

To customize the rules used to generate RI purchase recommendations, go to Configuration > Costs and navigate to the RI Recommendation Configuration tab.

To learn more, see Managing Reserved Instance Recommendations.