Akasia: Making Cloud Planning for Azure Smarter and Effective

Gautam Thockchom, CTO
Today, businesses are very interested in migrating on-prem environments to Azure cloud for building and deploying robust applications. However, often CIOs and IT managers lack visibility into the on-prem environment and the cost comparison to run each Virtual Machine (VM) on-prem versus in Azure as they embark on the journey to the cloud. When they are looking to map hundreds or thousands of VMs to Azure, the cloud mapping and cost modeling task becomes even more daunting. Akasia, a provider of next-generation cloud cost management solution, aims to address these issues with ease. The company’s flagship SaaS platform, saas.akasiacloud.com unfolds the dollar value of running a workload in various cloud environments and identifies right-sized cloud templates for additional cost savings. Akasia enables organizations to clearly understand
- what they have on-prem, - how it is being utilized currently,
- how much it is costing them to run each VM on-prem,
- the equivalent VM template in the cloud,
- right sized VM templates based on the usage profile of their on-prem VMs, and
- other cloud services they will need to order to run their apps in the cloud

Akasia guides them about other services they might need to order (such as load balancers, high availability or support services) to run their app in the cloud and the cost to run.

“We help clients who want to migrate to Azure by addressing their cloud mapping needs accurately with clear visibility into ongoing costs including hidden costs such as network and IO, and providing them with cost comparisons across different clouds,” says Gautam Thockchom, CTO, Akasia. The company assists firms to model infrastructure for Azure. Azure provides many low cost templates that are suited for small enterprises that they can easily identify using Akasia's cloud mapping and cost modeling platform. “Our cloud planning technology allows you to quickly decipher what you need to order in the cloud based upon your actual on-prem usage,” notes Thockchom.

We help clients who want to migrate to Azure by addressing their on-prem to Azure mapping needs accurately with clear visibility into ongoing costs

Plus, they help keep their customers up to date with changes in cloud services and pricing while providing their customers with cost savings options. “The cloud is a moving entity. Today, a typical vendor may have a certain number of offerings, and tomorrow they could be offering more. To be up to date is essential for both us and our customers. We have a cloud collector engine, which keeps track of new templates, new products and price changes in the cloud so our customers can take advantage of the latest and greatest information available.”

For instance, one of their customers needed to move about 200+ VMs from their datacenter to Azure. “Our software helped them figure out what they had by discovering their onprem VMs and their characteristics such as operating systems, vCPU, memory, network, IO and disk that were allocated to the VM, and how much of the resources were actually used.,” Thockchom points out. “Our SaaS platform helped this customer to build a list of recommended Azure templates, another list of right-sized Azure templates, a calculation of network and IO costs, as well as model additional services such as block blobs storage and Azure Site Recovery and get clarity on what to order in Azure and their cost savings.”

With the aim to expand their value to customers, Akasia is planning to add more ease of use features as well as cool modeling features to their SaaS platform “From working with many enterprises and cloud providers we are impressed at the impetus behind cloud adoptions particularly Azure, even for traditionally on-prem workloads such as databases,” concludes Thockchom.


Santa Clara, CA

Gautam Thockchom, CTO

A cloud based service which helps companies do cloud mapping and cost modeling for their on-premise applications for moving to the cloud