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Google Cloud FinOps

Skills Training

Google offers a 30 day trial training at

The subscription which is usually $29/month - allows for as may credits as you can do in 30 days where 1 credit is $1.

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Example course -

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We watch the AWS Cost Explorer to manage our on-demand, reserved and spot costs.

Cloud Financing

Cloud Free Tier

Google Cloud Free Tier

Zero Cost Cloud#GoogleCloudFreeTier

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Cloud Startup Programs

AWS Activate Founders

AWS Activate will require a project that is running 100% on amazon - you will receive the default $1000US one time funds - if you meet the criteria you can move up to 100K

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Cloud Training

AWS Partner status

AWS Partner status has additional partner courses and 75% off select courses above at Exit Certified - even while you are in the "registered" status  - before you meet all criteria

AWS Customer Counsel

Assist in customer insight

$50 for surveys

$150 for meetings (I missed the one on the 2nd of Aug as I broke my shoulder with a quick last minute rollerblade 2h before the meet - first time in 30 years I went without foot inserts as I forgot them in my other rollerblades after the rivet on the 2021 models broke on my 2nd pair - hence the need lately to purchase 4+ blade pairs in advance from K2)

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FinOps Principals

Favour Autoscaling to follow the demand curve very closely


Autoscaling is not instant.  The underlying infrastructure of NLB autoscaling for example - is itself EC2 instances - that take time to replicate and start.  Even Lambda needs to be pre-warmed.  Therefore the disadvantage to in placing some of a K8S cluster worker nodes under an auto scaler for example will be that that capacity will not be instantly available like it would if we overprovisioned over provisioned for excess capacity ahead of time.


We also need to derive out the base case costs (overhead adjustment).

TypeGranularityServiceExampleUtilization per serviceTypeFormulaFree TierCost
Shared overhead
compute1 vCPUIaaS EC2t3a.micro100%On Demand

3y no front


PaaS K8S3 x t3a.large1/12

CaaS Fargate

FaaS Lambda
1M 128Kb 100ms
= .0125 GB-s
400k GB-s0.20 req
0.21 exec

persistence1 GBIaaS RDS

DBaaS Aurora

DBaaS DynamoDB

storage1 GBS3

throughput1 GbpsNetwork In

AI AWS Textract

Text and Image Processing#TextractAPIExamples

0.07 / tx

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Costing Options

Cost Explorer

Cost Estimator

Savings Plans

Free tier usageMost services have tier - once used gone - so the first service in gets the benefit
Volume pricingIf several services saturate for example S3 - subsequent services will benefit with lower pricing (resource pooling)
Auto scaled reservedIf service A kicks in k8s autoscaling of the worker nodes - all other services benefit by default due the capacity increase.
The reverse is true - if service A terminates - then service B (rogue) had full use of most of the vCores on a scaled node - now needs to share in a more overall saturated smaller cluster

Partitioned useMove read-only traffic - like monitoring/reporting to a read replica that is optimized for read not read/write

AWS Cost Calculator

It would be ideal if we could plan and track costs as pseudo Costs as Code (tied to Cloud Formation/terraform scripts).  There is a way to export estimates in the using 

see also

There are issues with the cost calculator - it does not import estimate templates or break out details costs after the initial construction.


And share to public URL

Commercial Licenses


introseveral layers of costs savings
Historydiscuss how aws sold excess monthly capacity
detail spot


cost model can drive innovation

cloud adoption is always hybrid



preemptible - google fixed spot 24h

spot - 2 min warning

kubernetes PaaS


"cloud is the new mainframe"

Amazon EC2 Spot - show savings on wizard



ec2 reserved

ec2 spot

rds reserved

lambda resource limits

Most orgs not in the business of IT

serverless issues of infinite scale

resource limits not set

Kubernetes Cluster across VMware nodes on OSX or Windows#Experiment:RunafullsaturationDaemonSetkubernetesdeploymentacrossallnodesinthecluster

security by obscurity - individual EC2 hacking
best practices

immutable infrastructure

automated deployment/scaling


Form3 Cloud Native Payments (Startup)