One of the big problems developers and organizations have using cloud services like Azure is the potential for the costs to go crazy if you don’t shut your dev, test or temporary Virtual Machines off. Sometime back Andrew Connell and I got talking about and had an idea for an online service that would help you manage those costs. We talked with some people and found found loads of people that were concerned with using Azure and Amazon Web Services because of these cost overrun type of issues.
So we decided to fix it … Introducing Kerrb.
Kerrb is a SaaS product designed to save you money by automatically turning off Azure VMs that you forget about. If you forget to turn off a virtual machine Kerrb will make sure it’s turned off on a schedule that you decide on.
Kerrb is still being built, but you can sign up for the launch list and be one of the first to get access when it is ready. We will send you updates on how development is progressing and finally give those on the launch list the opportunity to sign up and test out the system when it’ ready. Also as an added bonus, if you are on the launch list then we will honor the pricing we have up on the site, even if we decide to tweak it prior to launch.
Kerrb will start small and evolve quickly as demand and feedback drives the product development. The high priority “Pri 0”  feature is to turn off Virtual Machines in Azure if you forget, but we have a lot of other great features on the roadmap including adding Amazon Web Services as well as support for other leading cloud providers.
Keep up to date with developments and help us get the word out by:
- Signing up for the launch list
- Liking Kerrb on FaceBook
- Keeping an eye on the Blog for updates and news
- Follow @KerrbApp on Twitter
Have a read of a blog post Andrew wrote on the Kerrb blog here: Using VMs for Dev, Test & Show – Perspectives from an Indie Consultant, Trainer and Presenter
And something I wrote about Managing cloud spend in a development organization
We look forward to hearing your comments and feedback!
 Pri 0 – Microsoft speak for the highest priority features in product development. You have to have all the Pri 0’s.