Cost Management


SaaS Leaders: Do You Know Who Your Least Profitable Customers Are? Here Are 4 Reasons You Should

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!

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How to estimate your AWS costs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pretty much ubiquitous these days, with everyone from tiny startups to large enterprises using the cloud service to run their apps, websites, and processes. For small businesses, being able to predict your budgets is paramount. Unfortunately, AWS costs can be very difficult to forecast. In this blog, we’ll go over the pros and cons of the tools available to help you estimate your AWS costs.


AWS Cost Anomaly Detection: One Element of Cloud Cost Intelligence

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?


Tracking Kubernetes Spend With CloudZero in 3 Easy Steps

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.


Best Practices for Kubernetes Cost Optimization

If cost optimization is your only reason for adopting Kubernetes and containers, you might be in for a rude surprise — many companies find that costs increase after moving to Kubernetes. Even companies who adopt Kubernetes for other reasons, like time-to-market advantages, should follow basic cost control best practices to stay within the budget.


Architectural decisions that impact Kubernetes costs

One of the mistakes organizations make related to Kubernetes costs is addressing them primarily after-the-fact, once the application is running successfully. There are certainly changes that can be made to improve efficiency once the application is running, but cost-control measures are best considered at the beginning, not middle or end, of the application lifecycle.


Understanding the Complete Cloud Cost of Kubernetes

When organizations think about the relationship between Kubernetes and cloud costs, they often focus on Kubernetes’ auto-scaling capabilities and what this means for optimizing compute resources. Kubernetes does allow organizations to provision compute resources more thinly, because the platform allows them to scale up automatically if there’s a demand spike in the middle of the night.


Do containers and Kubernetes actually reduce AWS costs?

In surveys about why organizations adopt Kubernetes, a desire to reduce overall IT costs is an oft-cited reason for adopting containers and Kubernetes. Yet after the fact, when organizations talk about surprises during Kubernetes adoption, many cite increased costs. So does Kubernetes reduce costs or not? Like so many things in life, it depends. Here are some of the reasons Kubernetes projects come in over-budget and how to avoid them.


Kubernetes Cost Optimization: Getting Visibility into Cost Per Pod, Cluster, and Namespace

How much does your Kubernetes service cost to operate? This seems like a simple question, right? It’s one thing to say how much your Kubernetes cluster itself costs to operate — that, after all, is a group of real servers, associated with a specific number.


4 Reasons Why Carbon Black Co-Founder Ben Johnson Prioritizes Cloud Cost at His Latest Startup

After growing Carbon Black from nothing to over 800 employees, Founder and CTO Ben Johnson turned his attention to the security of SaaS applications with new startup Obsidian Security. Obsidian secures companies like Office 365, G Suite, Salesforce, Slack and Zoom. This time around, Ben is a seasoned founder and is proactively thinking about how to scale his company with healthy product margins. He uses CloudZero to monitor his AWS costs, detect anomalies, and enable his engineering team.