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Nutanix Beam helps public university
take charge of multicloud environment
University of California San Diego saves money, enhances security and improves
compliance with software-as-a-service solution

T

he University of California San Diego relies on public cloud services
to support research and instruction, but important usage details had
long been a mystery for the information technology department.
"When I came to UCSD, it was essentially the Wild West," says Gabriel
Edwards, product manager and cloud
services manager for workplace technology services at the public university. "Everybody had their own Amazon
Web Services (AWS) account. Some of
these accounts were tied to their personal accounts and credit cards and
were expensed to their departments.
There was minimal oversight."
Control over cloud usage
With Nutanix Beam, IT staff at the
40,000-student institution can now
keep track of and control cloud usage,
with improved compliance with government and academic regulations.
The solution allows the school to manage expenditures, minimize risks and
streamline administrative tasks without curtailing faculty and researcher
access to the cloud.
"Nutanix Beam has paid for itself
by providing the insight we need to
control costs," says Declan Fleming,
enterprise architect for cloud at the
university. "In one instance, we uncovered an API (application programming
interface) on a development environment that did not need to be running,
and we shut it off, saving thousands of
dollars per month."

Single-dashboard accessibility
The single-dashboard visibility and automation provided by Beam enables
the university to better understand
and control all of its cloud expendi-

"Beam provided the tools we need to inspect and
aggregate information, so we can make sense of it."
tures-while saving staff time and effort so they can focus on other tasks.
"Our invoices for AWS accounts go
to a central clearinghouse, which creates a complex, detailed spreadsheet,"
Fleming says. "In the past, an IT administrator would have to examine it
manually and reconcile costs against
the AWS billing console. It was timeconsuming, and the process could
fall months behind, creating irregular
billing for campus departments. Beam
can handle that process for us, saving
hours of time."
'Accidentally got security
governance'
Other features include Beam's prebuilt security and compliance checks,
which provide one-click remediation

for cloud vulnerabilities. "We were after
cost governance, and we accidentally
got security governance with it," Fleming says.
Nutanix Beam also enables rich analytics that detail cloud consumption
patterns, and one-click cost optimization across cloud environments.
"The Nutanix Beam dashboard is
clean and easy to use, and the regular
summary emails are a huge help in
enabling us to spot potential anomalies," Fleming says. "Beam provided
the tools we need to inspect and aggregate information, so we can make
sense of it."

For more information, please visit Nutanix.com/solutions/education


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