New Google Tool Helps Enterprises Keep an Eye on Cloud Spending

Today’s topics include Google adding a programmatic budget notification feature to cloud billing, and Polycom launching cloud services for enterprises and service providers.

Google has added a new programmatic budget notification feature to its cloud billing service that notifies app administrators and business line managers when particular cloud service costs are approaching budget limits.

The feature is designed to help organizations stick to previously set budgets and to take action automatically when usage costs might be near or over the budget limit. The feature works for either a cloud project or a particular account, or can be used to set budgets based on the previous month’s spending.

According to Google Product Manager Matt Leonard, the notification feature works with all Google cloud services as well as internally developed or third-party cost management tools.

Polycom last week unveiled Polycom Cloud Services, a unified cloud strategy that initially is focusing on giving enterprises and service providers the tools to easily provision and manage the myriad voice and video endpoints that are in conference rooms around the world.

The vendor’s Polycom Device Management Services is aimed at enabling enterprises to manage those devices, measure their performance and troubleshoot any issues that arise. With the service, customers are able to provision, update and secure tens of thousands of desk and conference room phones, and service providers will be able to aggregate analytical data and customize devices to address customer demands.

Polycom Device Management Services initially will be available for audio systems, but Polycom officials expect to expand its support to video conferencing devices by the end of the year.