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. Then, within an hour or two, you’ll have an entirely new perspective into your cloud cost — so that it aligns with your products, features, teams, and more. Finally, if you want more advanced unit cost analysis or views, it can take a few more hours of time invested.
To help you better understand the time commitment required, here are the steps you’ll go through and the value you get at each stage.
While CloudZero does require some time investment, our customers report significant time savings along with new perspectives into their cost, so it’s important to understand the big picture.
Companies like Lyft and Netflix have shared what it takes to achieve the outcomes that CloudZero delivers on its own – and many of them have entire teams of engineers dedicated to cost analysis and optimization.
Here are a few examples of how CloudZero customers have saved time — not to mention money.
The first step you’ll need to take is to connect your AWS master billing account to the CloudZero Cloud Cost Intelligence Platform. The platform is secure and least-privileged — which you can read about here.
At this point, CloudZero will show all of your costs in a very simple, easy to explore interface. You’ll be able to see costs per account and how much you’re spending on different services.
Once you’ve connected to the platform, a CloudZero expert will immediately get to work performing an initial assessment of your infrastructure.
In this step, your CloudZero expert will help you to organize your costs into the different contexts that are meaningful to your business, like teams or product features.
Unlike other cloud cost solutions that rely solely on tagging, CloudZero also uses additional metadata and insight to identify more complex anomalies and highlight the specific resources that are responsible for cost changes in your environment — whether or not your tags are well organized.
Some customers choose to take their cost analysis further by measuring unit cost metrics, like cost per customer. This utilizes a CloudZero API to send a telemetry stream from your application to the CloudZero platform.
In this context, telemetry essentially means a set of records that tell us about your customers’ usage of your product.
Your CloudZero expert will coach you through this process and help you to identify which data makes sense for you to use. CloudZero will correlate utilization metrics with cost metrics, so you’ll be able to tell how much it costs to support each of your customers — and even how much each individual customer costs by feature.
To ensure your team is getting maximum value, you’ll meet with your cost expert on a monthly or quarterly basis. During this session, your expert will deliver insight to teams to help them make more cost-conscious technical decisions. However, you don’t need to wait for these sessions. Your CloudZero expert is available as an extension of your team at any time.
CloudZero delivers cost intelligence directly to engineering, helping teams shift cost left, save time, and connect technical decisions with business outcomes. To get started with CloudZero, request a demo today.