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The AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency Checklist

AWS created the Cloud Management Tools (CMT) Competency Program to recognize and validate AWS Partners who have demonstrated proficiency in delivering first-class cloud management tools.

To pass the program vetting process, ISVs must show that their solutions are capable of helping AWS users reap the benefits of their cloud adoption strategy while maintaining recommended governance, security, compliance, and cost-efficiency best practices. Customers who eventually chose one of the listed Partners can rest assured that they’re getting consumer-driven solutions that successfully meet all their technical needs.

Mapping AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency Technology Partner Validation Checklist

The CMT Competency classifies suitable cloud management solutions into two specialized areas: Cloud Governance and Resource & Cost Optimization. Each category comes with special requirements which interested partners must fulfill before they become certified.

As an AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency Partner, nOps provides you with an excellent suite of tools that can help you meet the stated requirements. 

This mapping is based on the latest Technology Partner Validation Checklist SaaS 3.2 version released in August 2021.

Cloud Management Tools Solution Features

The following requirements are applicable to all AWS Partner applications.

The AWS Partner solution meets the definition of the category specified in the application. See the **AWS Cloud Management Tools Definition and Competency Categories** for category definitions.


How nOps Helps

nOps meets both specified categories: Cloud Governance and Resource & Cost Optimization 

How nOps Helps

nOps supports and recommends that users use AWS Organizations. Not only does our automatic setup wizard use AWS Organizations for setting your account, but we also provide tools that validate AWS recommended best practices across the entire AWS Organizations setup.

How nOps Helps

nOps provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis giving you high-level visibility across multiple accounts.

How nOps Helps

nOps provides an AWS CloudFormation template in configuring access to resources leveraging AWS sophisticated security system for Identity and Access Management (IAM).

How nOps Helps

nOps supports the usage of AWS CloudFormation stack in provisioning secure IAM roles.

The solution must be capable of supporting large customer deployments.

Evidence must be in the form of either a customer example with specific details on the number of active accounts and resources managed, or details of a partner-executed load test simulating such an environment.


How nOps Helps

nOps is capable of supporting AWS users with several AWS accounts and large deployments.

Cloud Governance

The following requirements apply to all solutions that have identified as a Cloud Governance solution.

Solution provides preventive or detective controls to enforce customer-defined policies. These policies focus on operational best practices, compliance and security.


How nOps Helps

nOps helps customers enforce desired goals by proactively auto-detecting compliance gaps in the implementation of best practices. 

Solution provides an out of box library of best practice rules that evaluate resource configuration. It also provides customers an ability to define their own rules/policies based on their needs.


How nOps Helps

Our AI-powered engine applies our predefined and customizable ruleset in intelligently defining and evaluating resources’ configurations. Users can tweak these evaluations to their needs. 

Solution provides automated notification and remediation of policy violations. Automated remediation actions can require human approval or initiation via a “one click” interface. Use of AWS Systems Manager Automation is a best practice.


How nOps Helps

nOps provides near real-time, continuous notifications of risks and violations. We also offer a slick “one click” UI allowing users to effect recommended remediation actions. 

Solution must provide assessment and reporting on at least Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, AWS IAM, Amazon VPC, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon EBS, Amazon Redshift, AWS Auto Scaling, and Amazon CloudTrail.


How nOps Helps

nOps Cloud Inventory tool provides you with a list of resources configured by the specified AWS services. We also provide tools that check for and report misconfigurations.  

Solutions implementing preventive controls that block provisioning of resources must not abstract or limit the AWS APIs available to customers by default. Solutions that deploy an agent or other means of collector must demonstrate the need and why direct integration with AWS does not meet that need.


How nOps Helps

nOps doesn’t implement preventative controls. Instead, we partner with AWS in providing tools that help users get the best out of their provisioned AWS infrastructure.  

How nOps Helps

nOps provides continuous monitoring of the health of your AWS infrastructure providing users with detailed insights on the severity of discovered issues. Users can also build their custom dashboard to create, manage and focus on key nOps configuration rules that are important to them. They can also commission an infrastructure scan via a Well-Architected Framework Review, for example.  

Solution supports the ingestion of AWS CloudTrail logs to evaluate and report on metadata, including the responsible principal, for non-compliant configuration changes.


How nOps Helps

nOps supports the ingestion of CloudTrail logs. Our sophisticated Cloud Trail changes section analyzes the CloudTrail events/logs to find non-compliant configuration changes and highlight their impact quickly.  

Solution integrates with external tools to support customers change management or approval process for implementing recommendations. AWS Partner must demonstrate how a violation is identified, action requested, approved, implemented and closed.


How nOps Helps

nOps provides integration with vital third-party tools (such as AWS Service Catalog and JIRA) necessary in streamlining our users’ remediation and change management process. We also have an excellent onboarding process that walks users through our system.  

Cost and Resource Optimization

The following requirements apply to all solutions that have identified as a Cost and Resource Optimization solution.

In addition to the common segment requirements defined above, each Cost and Resource Optimization solution must meet all of the requirements in at least two of the following feature sets:

  • Cost visibility, reporting, and allocations
  • Rightsizing, elasticity, and decommissioning underutilized resources
  • Reserved instance management or recommendations for resource commitments in exchange for discounts
  • Spot instance management

How nOps Helps

We’re glad to inform you that nOps provides powerful tools that satisfy the listed feature sets. 

Cost visibility, Reporting, and Allocations

A solution must meet all of the following requirements in order for this feature set to count toward the CMTCRO-001 requirement.

Solution supports filtering and grouping all cost visibility, reporting, and allocation by organization, account, resource type, tag, and AWS Region.


How nOps Helps

nOps’ comprehensive cost control dashboard provides drill-down visibility that satisfies all specified conditions.

How nOps Helps

nOps equips customers with the necessary tools to filter and define specific metrics for their reports.

How nOps Helps

We provide a comprehensive dashboard providing detailed insights across the specified areas.

Solution provides predictive cost estimates for month/quarter/year via linear regression or other modeling techniques.


How nOps Helps

nOps provides 30-day recommendations based on our Machine-Learning historical cost trend analysis.

How nOps Helps

nOps allow customers to set budgets and provides an intuitive display that reports actual vs. budgeted spend.

Solution sends alerts based on budget overruns. Alerts are sent via email and at least one additional 3rd party tool (e.g. ITSM solution, monitoring platform, or chat application).


How nOps Helps

Customers can receive budget overruns alerts via email and Slack

How nOps Helps

Our Container Cost Tool satisfies the specified condition.

Right Sizing, Elasticity, and Decommissioning Underutilized Resources

A solution must meet all of the following requirements in order for this feature set to count toward the CMTCRO-001 requirement.

How nOps Helps

nOps Cost Control dashboard proves a comprehensive view of discovered gaps/opportunities along with their appropriate recommendations. 

Solution identifies Amazon EC2 instances that are not fully utilized and provides recommendations based on all of the following factors:

  • CPU utilization
  • Network I/O
  • Disk I/O
  • Memory utilization

How nOps Helps

nOps rules check for and list underutilized EC2 instances along with appropriate recommendations. 

Solution provides a first party agent or integration with third party tool for collecting memory utilization statistics of running instances.


How nOps Helps

nOps checks the average memory utilization for an Amazon EC2 instance and provides appropriate memory-intensive related recommendations. 

Solution makes instance type recommendations across available instance families. All instance families released more than 90 days from the date of application must be supported.


How nOps Helps

nOps provides recommendations for various supported EC2 instance types. 

Solution provides mechanism to implement proposed instance type changes on behalf of the user via a one-click or similar remediation process.


How nOps Helps

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Solution allows users to set CPU utilization targets or thresholds that are incorporated into right-sizing recommendations.


How nOps Helps

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Solution provides elasticity and scheduling recommendations for both EC2 and RDS based on historical usage.


How nOps Helps

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Solution provides a mechanism to implement proposed instance scheduling on behalf of user via one-click or similar interface.


How nOps Helps

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Solution identifies underutilized resources. Solution identifies and provides a mechanism to decommission via one-click or similar interface underutilized resources in each of the following categories:

  • Unattached elastic IPs
  • Unattached EBS volumes
  • Load balancers that are idle or do not have targets attached
  • Idle Amazon EC2 instances
  • Idle Amazon RDS databases
  • Idle Amazon Redshift clusters
  • Incomplete Amazon S3 multi-part upload

How nOps Helps

nOps platform identifies underutilized AWS resources and provides a UI for performing specified recommendations. 

Reserved Instance (RI) Management

A solution must meet all of the following requirements in order for this feature set to count toward the CMTCRO-001 requirement.

How nOps Helps

nOps Reserved Instances Management dashboard satisfies this requirement. 

Solution supports RI analysis across consolidated billing families where RIs are purchased and utilized across multiple disparate AWS accounts.


How nOps Helps

The RI management dashboard provides a consolidated, 360 view of all your RI spends and savings across all AWS accounts. 

How nOps Helps

Our RI AI engine analyzes usage patterns and makes continuous 24/7 recommendations based on that. 

How nOps Helps

nOps Reserved Instances Management dashboard satisfies this requirement. 

How nOps Helps

nOps Reserved Instances Management dashboard satisfies this requirement. 

How nOps Helps

nOps Reserved Instances Management dashboard satisfies this requirement. 

Solution provides a mechanism to execute RI purchase or conversion recommendations on the user’s behalf via a one-click or similar interface.


How nOps Helps

We provide real-time, automatic adjustments based on recommendations influenced by our AI engine findings. 

How nOps Helps

nOps Reserved Instances Management dashboard satisfies this requirement. 

Spot Instance Management

A solution must meet all of the following requirements in order for this feature set to count toward the CMTCRO-001 requirement.
How nOps Helps

nOps Spot Advisor provides recommendations based on our Machine-Learning based analysis of instances utilization patterns.

Solution automatically launches spot instances and optimizes instance type selection based on current pricing and user configurable workload parameters.


How nOps Helps

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