SOURCE: 2nd Watch, Inc.

2nd Watch, Inc.

December 18, 2012 10:06 ET

2nd Watch Debuts 2W Insight Cloud Billing Application for Amazon Web Services Customers and Service Providers

Intuitive New Real-Time SaaS Solution Adds Value to AWS Cloud Experience

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Dec 18, 2012) -  2nd Watch, Inc., a global system integrator, software and deployment firm focused on IT operations, today announced general availability of the enterprise version of its cloud management software, 2W Insight.

2W Insight allows Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) customers and solution providers the tools to easily manage billing and consolidated billing environments through the Insight Dashboard. It translates detailed AWS billing information into a visual, easy-to-understand format and allows administrators to apply charges to the correct departments or customers based on actual usage. Prior to public release, the new cloud billing and usage application underwent extensive field testing with dozens of large midmarket and enterprise customers nationwide.

"2W Insight allows us to closely monitor real-time usage and associated costs with our AWS cloud-based infrastructure, which we use to control and manage deployments of our intelligent energy storage systems for our customers globally," said Brett Turner, COO/CFO of Demand Energy Networks.

2W Insight adds value to AWS customers and service providers by providing a dashboard view into hourly information, concise summaries, a detailed breakdown of all AWS services in real-time charges and the ability to create and print invoices. Invoices can be used internally for departments or externally for customers. The application provides financial teams within organizations with the most current billing information of any existing tool on the market. The application provides management teams with the ability to set personalized views of AWS usage by organizing services by custom tags in compute, storage and network categories, and with charges summarized by region, size and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) details. 2W Insight also allows users to create detailed drilldowns of AWS charges, giving them more control over how the bill is viewed and organized. Additional features available include Reserved Instance Asset Allocation, organizational trending, and department or customer portals.

Marco Comerchero, director of IT at digital advertising technology company SocialVibe, noted: "We looked at a variety of solutions on the market and after a thorough evaluation, we determined 2W Insight offers the best product. The billing app showcases the 2nd Watch team's expertise and deep operational experience, and presents us with the billing details we need in a simple, secure manner."

For end-customer billing purposes at service provider organizations, 2W Insight addresses the AWS "blended" billing model by letting administrators generate distinct bills across a consolidated billing environment. Additionally, the Reserved Instances (RI) Dashboard feature allows AWS solution providers to manage purchases for EC2 and shows hourly usage, offering increased cost optimization.

"2W Insight embodies our continued goal of providing a simplified yet powerful product and service for our customers," said 2nd Watch co-founder and President Jeff Aden. "We've incorporated our operational focus and expertise into the software, and look forward to bringing clarity to the cloud for more enterprises."

About 2nd Watch
2nd Watch, Inc. is an Amazon Web Services Premier Consulting Partner and Microsoft Cloud Champion and Cloud Accelerate partner. 2nd Watch is a global system integrator, software and deployment firm focused on IT operations. Our expertise is our ability to provide the knowledge, experience and flexibility needed to extend your datacenter or launch your application on AWS while leveraging your existing toolsets. 2nd Watch specializes in Cloud adoption and has developed strategies and software solutions to enable IT cost savings and increased profits for our clients. 2nd Watch clients have experienced increased network uptime and performance and decreased costs by leveraging cloud services and technologies through 2nd Watch services, like the AWS TCO calculator, and product solutions including Pilot Light, 2W Insight and 2W SharePoint. The experienced 2nd Watch team provides a full-service Cloud IT solution. We offer Strategy and Consulting, Cloud Migration, Managed Services, and Custom Cloud-Based Software Development services to ensure the success of Cloud-based solutions for your business. ITIL and Microsoft certified delivery staff have a proven track record of results including technical experience, best-in-class cloud infrastructure, and product innovation. To learn more, email info@2ndwatch.com, call 1-888-317-7920, or visit www.2ndwatch.com

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