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Jul 23, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Kubernetes is the platform of choice for orchestrating containerized applications. It’s ideal for large applications running on distributed instances. But you likely already knew that because if you are weighing Kubernetes monitoring tools, you know what Kubernetes (K8s) is and why it is useful. That means you also have an inkling of how challenging Kubernetes can be to manage. This is where Kubernetes monitoring tools come in handy.
Jul 21, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Automation in the cloud has a number of benefits that helps you save time and eliminate human error. Cloud automation can help you innovate faster because it frees up your engineering team to focus on innovation — rather than repetitive tasks. It can also help you save money by scaling resources up and down to match your computing needs and budget. But is this actually cloud automation or is it cloud orchestration?
Jul 19, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Every couple years, it seems the tech industry mashes together different team names to make up the latest discipline — whether it’s DevOps, DevSecOps, AIOps, or most recently, NoOps. The names can seem eye roll-worthy at first. However, when their associated practices are followed correctly, many have been transformative. They force collaboration early and often — which helps companies improve velocity and foresee potential risk before disasters occur.
Jul 16, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Containerization is gaining traction across nearly all industries and company sizes worldwide. In fact, the 2019 edition of Portworx’s annual Containers Adoption Survey report showed over 87% of surveyed organizations were using container technologies. Over 90% of them use containerization in production. In 2021, the Kubernetes Adoption Report showed 68% of surveyed IT professionals increased their adoption of containers during the pandemic.
Jul 14, 2021   |  By Brady Lenahan
SaaS companies are known for their strong margins. With gross margins typically in the 60-90% range, even SaaS companies with comparatively weaker margins have a compelling business model when compared with most other industries. Nonetheless, even a few percentage points of margin can have a huge impact on a company’s valuation and overall success. This chart, taken from a great article by Villi Iltche at Two Sigma Ventures, shows the correlation between gross margins and valuation.
Jul 12, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Rolled out in 2011, AWS ElastiCache has grown to become one of the most prominent Amazon services among developers. So much so that in the 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, one of its fully-managed engines was voted by developers as the most loved database. On the flip side, however, AWS ElastiCache happens to be infamous for its high costs. Although it offers a flexible pricing system that charges you only for what you use, the usage bill can get pretty high for some users.
Jul 9, 2021   |  By CloudZero
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers over 200 services. But AWS Lambda continues to stand out for several reasons. This AWS Lambda tutorial will help explain Lambda in simple terms so you can decide if the service is suitable for your computing needs. We’ll cover what exactly AWS Lambda is, how it works, how it compares to EC2, use cases, benefits, limitations, and more. Additionally, we’ll cover how you can monitor and manage your Lambda costs without the burden of cost management.
Jul 7, 2021   |  By CloudZero
There are several ways to migrate to the cloud today — None of which are an equal path to modernizing on-premises applications and workflows. Lift and shift migration promises cost savings, speed, and less effort compared to other cloud migration strategies. But are these claims true? In this guide, we’ll cover whether a lift and shift migration strategy actually saves you money and effort when migrating to the cloud.
Jul 6, 2021   |  By CloudZero
As a cloud cost intelligence platform, we spend nearly every day talking to companies about their cloud cost — and there’s something we’ve noticed — people don’t generally have the warm and fuzzies for their cloud cost management tools. You know, the ones that have been around for a while, that you use to build reports about your cloud spend? We won’t refer to them by name. These popular tools have really given the whole category a bit of a bad rap.
Jul 2, 2021   |  By CloudZero
One of the most significant differences between on-premise and cloud computing is that you don’t need to buy new hardware to expand your cloud-based operations as you would for an on-prem system. But there is something else. Cloud computing is so flexible that you can allocate varying compute resources with changes in demand. For example, you can buy extra online storage for your chatbot system as you receive increasing customer inquiries over time.
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.