Melbourne-based integrator, Versent has officially launched its first product, a new tool called Stax, which helps enterprises gain insight, visibility, and recommendations for Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud deployments.
The dashboard tool is designed for engineers, managers and department heads to make informed decisions about their AWS environments. The company has been spun off from its creators, but operates out of the same location in Melbourne.
Stax general manager, Dave Slutzkin, told ARN the product is used in-house at Versent but its real value was in visibility and dashboarding for customers.
“If you are an IT manager in a big enterprise you need to know what is going on underneath you,” he said. “The whole reason you went to cloud in the first place is to get the flexibility and agility benefits, which means you need to give your team some control.
“But you need to be able to see what they are doing on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It is really important to look at that across multiple dimensions so we look at cost, security, risk, compliance and quality.
“It is really about covering all those bases for an It manager in big enterprise who may not necessarily have the skill themselves because cloud is so new, skills are in quite short supply," he said.
Carsales.com.au has been a Versent customer since early 2016 and was an early adopter of the tool. The company’s director of engineering, Michael Ridgway, said that Stax has given Carsales.com.au a tangible view of its AWS environment that the team could not get with other tools.
“Stax has helped us uncover and remediate a number of things that we wouldn’t have been able to find without the visibility Stax provides,” he said.
Working closely with the development team at Stax meant Carsales.com.au had direct input into designing product features.
“The Stax team has been really helpful in understanding our business and unique challenges. We’re looking forward to working together as Stax becomes a key piece of our tooling,” Ridgeway added.