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Dec 2, 2022   |  By CloudZero
FP&A tools can help your business assess, plan, and budget business activities more effectively. The tools help by automating a lot of the work involved, helping you tell where you could be losing money, and revealing additional revenue streams you can capitalize on. At a time when SaaS competition is at an all-time high, you need all the advantages at your disposal to deliver the most value at the least cost.
Nov 30, 2022   |  By CloudZero
Yet, the same flexibility that makes EC2 so appealing can also make it complex, confusing, and unnecessarily costly. A good way to understand the compute service is to familiarize yourself with EC2 instance types, and what the best use cases are for each. This guide will cover that and more.
Nov 28, 2022   |  By CloudZero
Conventional wisdom states that SaaS engineers don’t care about costs. They care about building an optimal product, regardless of the dollar signs associated with it. As a result, the finance team feels they must corral the engineers’ efforts and constrain them to work within an agreed budget.
Nov 23, 2022   |  By CloudZero
Amazon’s Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) offers a variety of database instances, which can be confusing at first. In this guide, we'll clarify what each RDS instance class, family, type, and size means in under 15 minutes. Let's start at the beginning.
Nov 21, 2022   |  By Kevin Ulland
As a cloud product manager, much of our jobs center around creating KPIs (or OKRs, if you prefer) such as sales revenue, freemium conversions, or customer stickiness, and encouraging development teams to hit product performance goals. But what happens after those goals have been met? Do we create new KPIs and push forward, or do we take a step back and evaluate whether each indicator actually translates to higher profit for the business?
Nov 18, 2022   |  By CloudZero
Containers are a big deal today. Because containers are software units that contain all the code, runtime, and dependencies required to run a distributed application, they help engineers test and run apps on any device and platform without compatibility issues. Containers empower organizations to reduce engineering costs, speed up deployments, develop and test Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, and automate more tasks. It's likely that you want those benefits, too.
Nov 16, 2022   |  By CloudZero
A good chunk of your Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud spending goes to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service. Because it is the default compute service on AWS, Amazon EC2 is key to building, running, and scaling your AWS-based applications. That also means Amazon EC2 pricing has a tremendous impact on your AWS budget. Understanding how the EC2 billing model works will help you control and optimize your AWS spending.
Nov 16, 2022   |  By Dustin Lowman
Amid the first bear market in over a decade, the world’s largest companies are facing intense pressure to cut back. Layoffs have made headlines, but cutting workforce is not a silver-bullet solution to surviving in a down market. True, companies tend to spend the most on personnel, but using layoffs as a first line of recession defense has myriad negative consequences for survivors, including reduced job satisfaction, reduced organizational commitment, and declining job performance.
Nov 14, 2022   |  By Kevin Mueller
In Part I of this two-part series, I talked about the key benefits of top-down cost allocation: It starts at the provider level, incorporates every penny of your cloud spend, and lets you break it down at as granular a level as is useful for your business.
Nov 11, 2022   |  By CloudZero
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides more than 200 services. Among those, Amazon Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate help deploy and manage containers. Choosing between these services can be challenging. They seem similar on the surface (and are all popular). But each offers unique benefits and limitations. In this guide, we compare the three services, discussing the best use cases for each, and helping you choose the best fit for your business.
Oct 29, 2018   |  By CloudZero
Erik Peterson talks to the audience at DevOpsDays Boston about serverless, reliability, controlling cost, and the future.

With CloudZero you get insights about your applications and systems, helping you manage operations at a scale that you’ve never had before. Our platform provides you with insights about every piece of your system, including the real cost of resources, resource utilization, reserved capacity and cost center efficiency.

With the accurate and trusted data provided by CloudZero you can minimize or eliminate under utilized resources, visualize costs for easy comprehension and oversee the entire software lifecycle. Nothing is out of view when using CloudZero’s Observability platform. From regional views to individual resources, you have insights at every level to help you keep your systems running smoothly.

How do we do it?

  • Collect and Normalize: CloudZero’s platform starts by collecting the data from your CloudWatch, CloudTrail, VPC Flowlogs, Lambda Data Events and Billing Data from every AWS account you connect. This part of the platform is isolated in its own account for security and has read-only access to the accounts you connect.
  • Populate the Stream: All of the data collected is normalized and the events, resources, statistics and billing data are organized into data streams which allow our platform to perform real-time analytics on all the data collected.
  • Find Meaning: Our algorithms take in the normalized data and perform complex analytics sifting through all the data to filter noise and enhance signal. We use Machine Learning on a large scale to learn what is valuable to surface.
  • Visualize Everything: The application provides opinionated visualizations of the insights determined by the platform’s AI. From regional system maps to single resources to cost of service broken down by team, CloudZero’s platform provides true observability to everyone in your organization.

Observability for Everyone. Add cost as a first-class metric and understand the financial effect of operational decisions.