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Nov 20, 2020   |  By Natalie Jones
If your business is growing, your AWS bill is probably growing with it. Yet, in conference rooms all over the world (or Zoom calls, these days), CFOs are asking “we’re spending how much?!” — while engineering leaders try to explain that the platform is twice as fast and they’ve added some machine learning that is going to absolutely change the game.
Nov 13, 2020   |  By Tim Buntel
On a day-to-day basis, both engineering and product management in software companies involves constant trade-offs. Everyone has a long backlog of tasks and needs to make decisions about what to prioritize on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Figuring out what to tackle first, what to put off for later, and what to say no to is critical both to managing daily workloads as well as to creating product roadmaps that reflect what customers want.
Nov 10, 2020   |  By Natalie Jones
It’s no secret that a handful of big name tech companies have influenced the cloud cost management best practices that engineering teams follow today. 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?
Nov 5, 2020   |  By Steve Lewis
This month, I made the decision to join CloudZero as their new chief revenue officer — a choice I’m incredibly excited about. In the past week, a number of colleagues have asked me to share why I joined the company. After answering the question a few times, I decided to take a minute to collect my thoughts and explain why this incredible company is the next step in my career.
Nov 4, 2020   |  By Erik
It’s safe to say that cost per tenant (also known as cost per customer) on AWS has been a challenging metric to obtain. Until now, your best bet has usually been to either make a best guess or build some sort of homegrown system. As of November 4, 2020, when you google “cost per tenant,” you get a few things at the top of the page. The first is a couple of blogs by AWS, where they describe an extraordinarily complex system, which you can build yourself.
Nov 3, 2020   |  By Natalie Jones
Do you know how much it costs to operate your software per customer, at each pricing tier? The past six months have been highly unusual to say the least. For some companies, the disruption and shift to work from home meant 100x in usage almost overnight; for others usage completely collapsed in the same time period. These sharp swings in utilization have been disruptive to cloud unit economics. Both scenarios are risky and require extreme elasticity from the technical infrastructure.
Oct 27, 2020   |  By Tim Buntel
If you’re a SaaS business — especially B2B — you know that your profitability can vary significantly from customer to customer. We all have a sense of our “expensive customers,” who use the product heavily and push things to the limit. That also means there are more profitable customers. Who are they? And how do they use the product?
Oct 13, 2020   |  By Natalie Jones
At CloudZero, we talk to leadership teams at SaaS and companies every day. When it comes to individual customer profitability, the vast majority of them fall into two camps: they’re either taking their best guess — or they have no idea. Typically only the largest companies - those with the resources to dedicate a 5-10 person engineering team to calculating cost - have this level of insight. And you can be sure they yield that knowledge to their competitive advantage!
Oct 8, 2020   |  By Tim Buntel
Every decision that an engineer makes in the cloud impacts cost. Yet we know that engineers aren’t cost experts, and many worry that asking them to care about cloud cost will slow them down and distract them from delivering customer value. Top cloud-native companies dedicate entire teams of engineers to build custom tools to measure unit cost and deliver cloud cost to engineering teams. But I’m guessing you don’t have eight engineers you can spare to build internal cost tools?
Oct 5, 2020   |  By Erik
If you are looking to account for your container costs and understand how your AWS Kubernetes or EKS cluster spend maps onto your workloads, this guide was made for you! In this post we will walk through the steps to get up and running with CloudZero and Amazon Container Insights fast. CloudZero has integrated with Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights for its strength as a secure and automated solution for sharing container metrics within AWS.
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.