Cloud Cruiser and Microsoft

Financial management for your Microsoft cloud


Microsoft Windows Azure Pack

Cloud Cruiser for Microsoft Windows Azure Pack

Windows Azure Pack enables enterprises and hosting service providers to provide the same self-service offerings for virtual machines and high-scale, multi-tenant websites available with the Windows Azure public cloud offering. Built on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, Windows Azure Pack gives enterprises and hosters the ability to customize and extend the portal experiences to provide branding, billing, and custom integration into existing portals.

Recognizing that cloud financial management is an essential component to delivering scalable, profitable, and financially transparent cloud services, Microsoft now includes a customized Express version of Cloud Cruiser’s cloud financial management solution with Windows Server 2012 R2 via Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Cloud Cruiser Express works directly from the WAP portal so customers can seamlessly manage both the operational and financial aspects of their Windows Azure private or hosted public cloud from a single pane of glass.

With Cloud Cruiser Express for Windows Azure Pack, you can:

  • View your cloud costs directly from within the WAP portal
  • Automate chargeback and cloud billing for your Windows Azure Pack computing environment
  • Gain control of your cloud spending with tenant budgets and automated alert notifications
  • Be up and running in under 10 minutes with a streamlined Cloud Cruiser Express install right from the Windows Azure Pack installer


Upgrade to the premium features of Cloud Cruiser when you want to:

  • Scale your financial management capabilities to support larger deployments, including more VMs, databases, and website instances
  • Support a heterogeneous computing environment with additional Microsoft cloud products or other public, private, or traditional computing environments
  • Add advanced financial management capabilities such as customer and service analysis, profit management, demand forecasting, and more

2 minute overview of Cloud Financial Management with Cloud Cruiser Express

Microsoft System Center 2012

Cloud Cruiser for Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1

Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 is an integrated management platform that helps you manage your datacenters, client devices, and hybrid cloud IT environments easily and efficiently. Specifically, it offers comprehensive management of applications, services, physical resources, hypervisors, software defined networks, configuration, and automation.

Cloud Cruiser's cloud financial management solution integrates with System Center 2012 to enable customers to collect, analyze, optimize, and chargeback for IT resources used throughout their public, private, and hybrid clouds. We provide a secure, self-service portal for System Center users to manage their resource usage and spending. With end-to-end cost transparency, hierarchical resource mapping, BI analytics, budgets, alerts, and chargeback, Cloud Cruiser delivers a business-critical cloud financial management solution for System Center 2012.

With Cloud Cruiser for System Center 2012, you can:

  • Aggregate the costs of services deployed from System Center and other public, private, or traditional computing environments and charge back on a per-usage basis to your cloud tenants
  • Integrate additional IT costs, such as help desk, SLAs, facilities, and software licenses for complete IT financial management and profit maximization
  • Automate reporting and billing at any level of granularity and provide self-service cost portals for anytime access to usage and spending
  • Gain a competitive edge with agile pricing models that fit your business needs
  • Reduce IT spending by eliminating waste and encouraging fiscal responsibility with budgets and alerts
  • Be up and running in minutes with a Cloud Cruiser’s wizard-based install for System Center 2012
  • What our partner says

    • With Windows Azure Pack, enterprises and hosters gain the powerful capabilities of the Windows Azure public cloud in their datacenter or a hosted cloud. Cloud Cruiser's financial management solution gives customers insight into the transformative economics of Microsoft's cloud technologies. With Microsoft and Cloud Cruiser, customers can make real-time strategic business decisions that can drive greater efficiency and profitability.
      Ryan O'Hara,
      Director, Program Management, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Division
    • Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision gives customers groundbreaking technology to deploy cloud infrastructure using Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. The ability to deploy on-premises, in a hosted cloud, and in Windows Azure is driving maximum agility for the datacenter. By adding Cloud Cruiser to the Cloud OS mix, customers and hosters can add to the cost savings inherent in hybrid cloud computing.
      Brian Hillger,
      Director, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft