IBM Apptio Cloudability vs DigiUsher

Apptio Cloudability provides good cost visibility and reporting features, but lacks all-in-one multi-cloud cost visibility, or any of the advanced cloud cost savings features found in DigiUsher solution.


Apptio Cloudability provides a great set of visibility and forecast tools focused for individual cloud providers, but lacks the all-in-one multi-cloud visibility modern organizations need and have come to expect. They also fall short on providing cloud cost savings features that make saving costs simply and easy. There’s a great deal of manual heavy lifting required to build and maintain good tag hygiene, which is required to fuel their reporting features. They also lack native support for Kubernetes cost allocation, requiring an open source agent to be installed on every Kubernetes cluster in order to get the granular cluster visibility that DigiUsher includes automatically.

If you’re looking to maximize your cloud cost savings through intelligent automation, and get rich multi-cloud and container cost visibility, DigiUsher is the clear winner. DigiUsher understands the pressure on engineering and FinOps teams to optimize cloud efficiency, along with the requirement to paint a full picture of multi-cloud costs that includes container costs. DigiUsher is a powerful, easy to implement solution that gets customers more value out of the cloud.

Operational efficiency in Cost Savings:

Getting engineers to take action on cloud cost recommendations shouldn’t be your only path to cloud cost savings. Automation can unlock cost savings opportunities that simply can’t be realized with manual or scripted efforts. DigiUsher has a multitude of tools that save our customers money, from idle cloud resource management to spot instance orchestration, comparing 2 clouds and configuring TTLs and more, that saves our customers up to 90% on cloud costs.

Apptio Cloudability acquired Cloudwiry to automate the RI/SP purchases, but it will be some time before this feature is integrated into the Cloudability portfolio (if ever). This acquisition aside, Apptio Cloudability has no native automated cost savings features available for their customers.

Apptio has been acquired by IBM.

Tag Management Required:

Tag management is essential to understanding your infrastructure costs, and having a strong tagging policy is the foundation for cloud asset management. Unfortunately, manual tagging and great tag health is a requirement to get the full value of Apptio Cloudability, and get granular visibility into cloud assets and costs. Apptio Cloudability also won’t update any tag changes to the cloud providers, the changes exist solely within Apptio Cloudability.

With DigiUsher, there’s no need for manual tagging of cloud resources to maintain excellent tag cleanliness. DigiUsher Cloud Cost Managemtn solution can automatically provision resources and tag them at detection time.

Time Granularity:

Businesses need to stay on top of shifting cloud costs so that they can catch (and stop) run-away cloud spend as it occurs. A rogue cluster can run up huge cloud bills if not detected quickly. That’s why DigiUsher offers hourly granularity in its cost reporting to give an almost-real-time view into possible issues before they turn costly.

Apptio Cloudability only offers daily granularity into its cost reporting and analysis. For many customers, especially engineering teams, that simply isn’t enough.

Network Cost Analsys

Apptio Cloudability does not provide any out of the box view for network costs.

DigiUsher provides a multi-account cost map that shows a geographic location of resources in different clouds and regions across the globe. The map provides you with the opportunity to track cloud costs of all your resources among different regions, identify potential risks, optimize cloud costs and adopt FinOps principles.

Moreover, network traffic cost map shows accumulated expenses for paid network traffic between cloud regions and external services. DigiUsher helps customers solve data locality issues regarding using multiple regions. Multi-account cost map provides the identification of the cross-region traffic and its size between cloud regions. The cost map notifies a customer about such traffic.

Category Sub-Category DigiUsher Apptio Cloudability
Solution Deployment Option SaaS SaaS
Multi-Cloud Support Y Y
Auto Tagging Support Y N
On-Prem Cost Monitoring Kubernetes Only N
Pricing Fixed Annual Subscription Percentage on Cloud Spend
Cost Visibility Cost Perspectives Y Y
Cost Categories Y Y
Out-of-box Dashboards Y Y
Multi-cloud Visualizations Y Partial (No Single Dashboard)
Custom Bi Dashboard Development Capability Y Y
Forecasting Y Y
Cloud Inventory Y Y
Kubernetes Cost Allocation Y Y (Cluster Agent Required)
Network Cost Visibility Y N
CI/CD Workload Cost Analysis Y N
Cost Optimization Anomaly Detection Y Y
Recommendation Auto-generated Scripts Y Y
Spot Orchestration Y N
Cluster Orchestration on Spot Instances Y N
Kubernetes Rightsizing Recommendations Y N
EC2 Rightsizing Recommendations Y Y
Resource Recommendations Y Y
Network Cost Heatmap Y N
RI/SP Planning and Recommendation Y Y
Governance Budgets Y Y
Cloud Asset Governance Y N
Alerts Y Y
Reporting Y Y
Role based Access Control Y N
Full Audit Trails Partial N
Slack Channel Integration Y N
Administrative Training and Support Y Y
Documentation Y Y