Cost Management


AWS Reserved Instances 101: The Complete Guide

Choosing the right service plan is crucial when you are using Amazon Web Services (AWS). With 170 distinct services, ranging from compute to storage to networking and content delivery — each offered at different price points — the process requires careful consideration to make the right choice for your business. By default, AWS services are available on-demand and you pay a monthly bill for services used.


How Long Does It Take To Get Started With CloudZero?

There’s no question that engineering teams at innovative tech companies are busy. No matter how successful your company is, there’s always a long backlog of feature enhancements that can make it challenging to focus on other priorities. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most common questions we get from companies that engage with us is “How much of an effort will this be for my engineering team?” The short answer is that you can get value within minutes.


Why We Built the CloudZero Platform on Serverless Infrastructure - and Its 2 Main Advantages

The promise of running a business on the cloud is that — in theory, at least — you should be able to scale your infrastructure up and down with your customer utilization. This should lead, again in theory, to less maintenance and more opportunity for innovation.


Cloud TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): What It Means and How To Perform a TCO Analysis

Investing in the right systems, assets, and infrastructure is critical to business success. It can be the difference between profitability and loss. Businesses employ several methods to determine the value of a product or service before purchase or adoption. One of those methods is the total cost of ownership. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is the sum of all costs involved in the purchase, operation, and maintenance of a given asset during its lifetime.


What Is the Rule of 40 and Why Should SaaS Businesses Care?

In the Software as a Service community (SaaS), benchmarking is crucial for any business that wants to succeed. Without benchmarking, it can be very difficult for a business in this space—especially in the early stages—to know whether they are moving in the right or wrong direction. Benchmarking is not only useful for making changes internally but also useful for comparing one company to another.


10+ Best Practices for AWS Cost Management

While there are many advantages to using Amazon Web Services (AWS), cost management can be complicated because so many factors impact your AWS bill. Account setup, savings plans, and a number of other factors can all affect your AWS charges and usage. In this article, we’ll introduce 10 AWS cost management best practices that promote optimization, and how you can go beyond AWS cost management by using an advanced cloud cost intelligence tool.


Enterprise IT Cost Containment-A Series

H.L. Mencken once famously wrote, “…there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” More than just a pithy way to frame the entire concept of “cost containment” (whether network-specific cost, the broader category of IT, or the cost of anything else, to be quite honest), it’s an integral aspect of what I’ll be proposing in this and subsequent articles in this series.


Why Real-Time Visibility Into Cloud Cost Is Essential During a Migration To AWS

There’s no question that the cloud offers efficiencies and innovation opportunities that are near impossible to replicate on-premise. In fact, Amazon reports that companies achieve 31% infrastructure cost savings, as well as 62% more efficient IT infrastructure management, when they move to AWS (and that doesn’t include the many other cost benefits — like improved security and on-demand services). But the extent of those efficiencies can vary.


Cloud Savings: How Much Can You Save With Cloud Computing?

A common misconception around cloud computing is that it’s automatically cheaper than running an on-premise infrastructure. Unfortunately, when businesses switch to (or consider switching to) the cloud, their cloud savings may not be immediately evident. In fact, some businesses accrue more monthly costs with the on-demand cloud model than they would with on-premise systems. This begs the question: Is cloud computing really cost-effective?


11 DevOps Metrics To Monitor for Organizational Success

Businesses are always looking for ways to increase efficiency and eliminate waste. For software-driven companies, DevOps is one approach that helps to achieve this. The goal of DevOps is faster software delivery to the end-user while maintaining high software quality. DevOps enhances collaboration between operations and development teams for faster code deployment. When evaluating the effectiveness of your DevOps model, it is critical to use metrics relevant to your organization.