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Kubernetes is experiencing record growth — according to one survey, 96% of organizations Are using the open-source container orchestration software or evaluating it. 

Nevertheless, Kubernetes environments are growing in number and quality. This results in increased infrastructure, teams, and clusters. This translates into increased reliability and productivity. spendingIt can be difficult to understand where and how it is done. spending is occurring. 

“Without controls or limits, an individual application team can overprovision resources for their application, without knowing the full cost impact of utilizing these resources, resulting in wasted spend,” Mohan Atreya SVP of Get product and solution information Rafay

This is to help reduce this. Rafay — a Kubernetes management and operations platform — today launched Cost Management Service, a new tool intended to provide real-time visibility and allocation of Kubernetes cloud costs. 


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If organizations try to do it themselves, “Kubernetes cloud cost management across multiple clusters, application teams and infrastructure is a challenging ambition,” Atreya.

Complexity and increased use

Kubernetes, originally designed by Google automates software scaling, deployment and management in hybrid or multi-user environments.cloud environments.

One of There are many benefits to it is The workloads of the company can run on single clouds, private cloud data centers, or across multiple clouds. cloud Atreya stated that it is possible to create environments. It allows organizations use it to deploy, manage, and monitor applications in an agile, scalable manner, while simultaneously avoiding costly downtime. cloud vendor lock-in. 

Kubernetes offers container integrations as well as access to other resources. cloud Atreya said that devops and platform teams are more efficient when they have providers. It is Reliable because if one of the multi-node cluster nodes fails, an application can be rejected is redistributed without disrupting users of The application. 

Kubernetes has self-healing abilities and can automatically restart, reschedule (or replace) an application (or parts). of Application) when it fails. Applications can also scale up or down automatically based on actual demand. 

“This positively impacts end-user performance, along with budget management,” Atreya. 

However, this is an important benefit is only so long as cluster environments are appropriately managed — which, oftentimes, they aren’t, he pointed out. 

Cloud cost optimization

Today, 81% of organizations Are you using multi-cloud infrastructures, or will be soon. While 94% overspend in the meantime, cloud. 

Kubernetes’ resource consumption and spending Atreya stated that they only can make a difference. 

He said that organizations are looking to cut costs by having multiple Kubernetes workloads run in the same clusters by having business and application teams. This is not the best practice. is It is ultimately counterintuitive because it makes it difficult to view total. cloud Spend, evaluate what resources each team has is Reporting on how you spend your money is Allocate to different departments.

Rafay — which competes with Amazon Elastic Container Service, Mirantis Kubernetes Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Portainer and D2iQ, among others — has integrated its new cost management service into its existing Kubernetes Operations Platform (KOP). 

The Organizations have the opportunity to use a new tool that allows them to do the following: 

– View and access cost metrics based on roles by pre-integrating with RBAC (application, FinOps and platform see cost metrics upon login).

– Optimize cloud Budgeting should be done by billing the internal teams according to their resource use of Shared resources

– Create custom dashboards to view aggregated cost metrics for different internal groups and departments. 

– Configure and implement cost management on a fleet of Kubernetes clusters in a single click

Cost management: A team sport

Atreya cited the example of one. Rafay customer — a large, global real estate services firm — has standardized on Rafay’s platform to provide application teams a self-service experience. The firm’s strategy is To empower different business units and application teams to choose among several deployment options for Kubernetes Infrastructure through a single platform and give them visibility into the associated costs. 

“This level of transparency and flexibility allows the application teams to select the most optimal option, balancing application requirements and their budgets,” Atreya. 

He said that application teams with visibility into the utilization metrics and associated infrastructure costs are better equipped to make cost-saving decisions (e.g., resource requests tuning or cluster share). 

Organizations need to offer incentives that encourage teams to view cost management as an opportunity for good hygiene and not as a burden. This is an example: Rafay It has been a common practice for organizations to implement internal awards in order to get the best value from their portfolio.

Platform teams must also offer well-documented and easy-to use internal frameworks that are easily accessible to application teams. FOr instance, a simple application onboarding questionnaire that recommends ideal approaches — such as “namespace on a shared cluster,” “workspace with multiple namespaces on a shared cluster,” or “dedicated cluster.”

Instead of limiting cost data access to a central team, which then periodically disseminates it downstream, “it is more effective to democratize access and visibility to cost data,” Atreya.

“Cost management is a team sport,” Atreya. “Therefore, it is important to have the application teams be active participants in the process.”

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