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October 06, 2022
Episode 52 - Kubecost

In this episode I talk with Webb Brown, CEO and Co-Founder at Kubecost. Kubecost develops a cost monitoring platform to help companies manage their Kubernetes resources and costs. They provide direct integrations with Kubernetes cloud billing APIs leading to cost optimizations for key Kubernetes metrics. Webb and I talk about how Kubernetes relative complexity and scale d…


In this episode I talk with Webb Brown, CEO and Co-Founder at Kubecost. Kubecost develops a cost monitoring platform to help companies manage their Kubernetes resources and costs. They provide direct integrations with Kubernetes cloud billing APIs leading to cost optimizations for key Kubernetes metrics. Webb and I talk about how Kubernetes relative complexity and scale driven by those that develop applications means that cost can blow outs will happen if you fly blind. Kubecost looks to embrace open-source via the CNCF providing the OpenCost.io project which forms the base for Kubecost. We also have a great discussion on the state of Kubernetes and how he sees adoption trending.

Kubecost was founded in 2019 and is Head Quartered out of San Francisco, California.

☑️  Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned: Kubernetes, Containers, CNCF, AWS, S3, DevOps, PlatformOps

☑️  Raw Talking Points:

  • Mass adoption of Kubernetes?
  • Relative immaturity and complexity of Kubernetes at scale
  • Why is cost and overspend an issue
  • The patterns for overspending
  •     Orphaned resources 
  •     Abandoned workloads
  •     Rogue Deployments
  •     Incorrect Usage Types 
  •     Over provisioning
  • What is Kubecost solving
  • What is opencost.io vs kubecost?
  • opencost.io CNCF Project
  • Definition of Team?
  • Cost Allocation, Unified Cost Monitoring, Optimization Insights, Alerts and Governance
  • Insights in Kubernetes spend and chargeback for teams
  • Actionable Recommendations
  • Cost Efficiency and Health scores and the gamification
  • Time vs resources vs Cost
  • Defining costs not in the Public Cloud
  • Pricing based on nodes with Always Free plan
  • AWS Marketplace Partnership
  • AWS first party support optimized

☑️  Web: https://www.kubecost.com/
☑️  OpenCost: https://www.opencost.io/

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