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Netflix open sources Janitor Monkey to help tidy up unused Amazon cloud resources

Brandon Butler | Jan. 7, 2013
Online video streaming company -- and heavy Amazon cloud user -- Netflix has open sourced Janitor Monkey, a tool that finds unused cloud resources and deletes them, leading to potentially valuable cost savings for customers.

There is a growing group of tools to help companies track and optimize their cloud usage. Some are specific to Amazon's cloud, such as Newvem, which recently began charging money to use some of its services. Other players in the market include Cloudyn and Cloud Cruiser, among others. In addition to providing analysis of cloud usage, those services also recommend to customers which specific instances types are best sized and most cost-effective for the customer to use, which are features beyond the scope of the Janitor Monkey tool.


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