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Oct 20, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Successful SaaS companies know that they can't rely on gut feelings alone to make business decisions. Data helps them uncover patterns, trends, opportunities, and potential gaps in their strategy that can give them a competitive advantage. Yet, simply collecting metrics can often give you a lot of data to analyze with little insight into what to do next.
Oct 18, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Flexibility is one of the cloud’s biggest benefits, but also one of its biggest challenges. When you have different teams using resources in the cloud and deploying instances at the click of a button, your cloud environment could easily become chaotic. Without a definitive plan governing your cloud operations, your costs will inevitably spiral out of control. A cloud cost strategy is your action plan for managing costs and staying profitable while working and building products in the cloud.
Oct 13, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Engineers want to innovate, fix issues, and improve existing code. Finance wants to report accurately on the company's return on technology investment. Yet, the cloud is like a menu without the pricing Engineers can practice continuous improvement without slowing down but they can also use up computing resources without being fully aware of the costs they incur, only to be surprised with a higher than usual AWS bill. Even worse is not knowing where, what, when, or who is driving up their AWS costs.
Oct 12, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Anyone familiar with the cloud understands there are a lot of misconceptions about how it works. For example, businesses often assume that operating in the cloud will be inherently less expensive than managing an on-premise application. But this is not always the case. In fact, your monthly cloud bill could be the same or more expensive than your on-premise costs.
Oct 8, 2021   |  By CloudZero
The debate between observability and monitoring continues to cause confusion, with many often wondering, “Is there a difference between the two?” Some see observability and monitoring as the same thing — believing that “observability” only became a buzzword after DevOps coined it as a fancy term for cloud monitoring. Others continue to insist that observability is much more.
Oct 6, 2021   |  By CloudZero
DevOps is a practice that aims for continuous improvement, rapid delivery, and cost optimization — combining several engineering best practices to execute successfully. As a result, DevOps requires a diverse set of engineers to support the practice within an organization. Implementing DevOps at an enterprise level often requires a team of platform engineers, automation engineers, build and release engineers, data analysts, database engineers, and product managers.
Oct 4, 2021   |  By Natalie Jones
Breakthroughs in engineering best practices often stem from a handful of top tech companies. Many of them share their behind-the-scenes stories at conferences, in blogs, and slide decks — or open source code. These companies invest millions of dollars and dedicated headcount in optimizing everything from uptime to engineering velocity — so why wouldn’t you look to them for inspiration?
Oct 1, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Moving to the cloud offers many advantages vs. on-premise environments — scalability, flexibility, and the prospect of cost-efficiency are among the top reasons companies migrate. Yet, simply using a “lift and shift” strategy — where you move your application as-is from an on-premise environment to the cloud with minimal, if any, modification — can lead to a number of issues (such as inefficient design, bloated costs, etc.).
Sep 29, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Financial planning and analysis is becoming an increasingly strategic part of a SaaS organization. The role of finance is no longer about just taking inputs and calculating how they affect financial plans, but about driving business outcomes through effective financial planning. There is a popular Andreessen Horowitz article titled “Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager” that showcases best practices compared to worst practices.
Sep 27, 2021   |  By CloudZero
While AWS offers significant benefits compared to traditional on-premise infrastructure, its inherent elasticity and scalability tend to give rise to uncontrolled costs. AWS costs can be opaque and difficult to analyze — and without some system of identifying the source of costs and how to manage them — they can quickly undermine your profit margins. However, a number of tools have emerged over the past few years to help organizations manage and optimize their costs.
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.