What is CloudFlex?
CloudFlex is a solution for businesses that need accurate,
replicable and accessible environments on-demand. CloudFlex
provisions environments on demand, using user-defined templates to
maintain consistency, within minutes.
Who is it for?
CloudFlex is for new and existing users of AWS that want to
increase and optimise usage of AWS within their
- Enable everyone in your business to have access to and control
over EC2 with a simple UI
- Ideal for testers, developers, and salespeople (e.g. for
- Automate the start-up, shutdown, and templating of environments
with the Scheduling Tool
- Reduce dependency on skilled AWS users to manage
What are the benefits?
- Costs - Only pay for what you use; there is no setup fee for
each environment, and no limit to how many environments you can
run. Compared to physical machines, the advantages are clear; Even
if you are already using cloud services, CloudFlex offers
significant savings by providing simple scheduling management.
Don't get caught out by surprise cloud bills, caused by
environments accidentally being left to run needlessly.
- Save time & effort - CloudFlex is designed to be easy to
use for anyone, regardless of technical expertise or cloud
experience. The template wizard sets up environments with ease, and
gets them up and running within minutes.
- Control - See exactly what environments are running from the
CloudFlex dashboard and stay on top of your environments. Simplify
the management of environments from one screen.
How it works
At present, CloudFlex works as a layer on top of Amazon Web
Services Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) to provision computing power
from the Amazon cloud. There are several types of machine
available, varying in memory & power, and running on various
Windows and Linux server based operating systems (see AWS site for details)
CloudFlex uses access keys provided by Amazon to control an EC2
account via the API. The end user uses CloudFlex's clean, intuitive
interface to provision, manage, pause and stop machine instances
and environments. Virtual machines can be remotely accessed and
cloned directly through the CloudFlex interface. Simply put,
CloudFlex offers a simple way to control all aspects of the cloud
relevant to test environments.
How it offers value
While cloud services are touted as cost effective due to their
"pay for what you use" price plans, they are only cost effective
when care is taken to only provision resources when necessary, as
24/7 usage of cloud computing power will run up considerable
expense. CloudFlex has built in mechanisms to control these often
unexpected and always unwelcome costs. Attaching predetermined
lifespans to environments, or automatically stopping errant
environments at the end of the working day are just some of the
ways CloudFlex can be used to intelligently stay on top of cloud
expenditure, in a way that is predictable, manageable and
CloudFlex is available for free as part of a 30 day trial offer.
This is a great way to build a business case for CloudFlex and find
out its value. To get your free trial account, follow this link and fill in the online