How this startup’s 3D cloud environment is helping users manage assets, do other operations

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BENGALURU: Pradeep Kumar and Rajanish SD met in the National Institute of Technology Surathkal, more than a decade ago. They instantly connected, thanks to their shared love for gaming. Back then, strategy games such as Age of Empires were popular.

The duo remembers spending nights, trying to strategise, build assets and run an online empire. Soon, they went on their own ways to build a career but their love for gaming made them drop everything and start TotalCloud, a visual, interactive and intelligent cloud operations and management solution.

The platform renders cloud environments in 3D, where the users can manage assets and carry out operations, almost like moving assets or allocating resources in a game, without having to rely on dashboards or scripting tools.

“Similar to these games, where the game’s artificial intelligence (AI), largely built on behaviour trees, plays against you and knows how to manage resources, optimise strategy… the same model can be applied to cloud management as well, where the behavioural AI can be used to manage servers and other cloud resources, acting as your virtual cloud engineer,” said Kumar, cofounder of TotalCloud. Kumar was a technical architect at redBus earlier.

The company works on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model. The client has a desktop-based app built on game engine Unity3D. The app discovers all the cloud resources that a customer has, around the globe.

“The app talks to cloud through our AWS servers and discovers all the cloud resources that the customer has around the globe. This is then rendered in real time onto our client. This view and interaction can then be used by the customers to understand their cloud, monitor the usage, cost, pricing etc. It also gives insights on cost saving and compliance,” said Kumar. “We also recently released an alpha version of behaviour intelligence, wherein, it automatically manages alarms on cloud resources without any human intervention.”

The one-and-a-half-year old firm, which has received seed funding from Speciale Incept Advisors, Axilor Ventures and a few angel investors, counts home services provider Housejoy and others as customers.

“Everybody has already migrated to the cloud. Over a period of time, enterprises will start using multi-cloud environments — they will use Amazon, Google or all of them at the same time. The complexity of monitoring them and running levels of automation on them is becoming increasingly higher. TotalCloud is doing it in a unique way — it is a very visual, gamification of the problem and helps in real-time monitoring,” said Vishesh Rajaram, managing partner, Speciale Incept Advisors.

The nine-member TotalCloud team is presently working on supporting multi-cloud and also opening the platform so that customers can build on top of it.

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