Manage your Cloud Infrastructure Spend

Export Billing Data for Improved Cost Management

Your provider’s tools are inadequate for managing your cloud bill. Exporting your consumption detail is an essential foundation for cost management. In this article we show how to establish this on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). We’ll configure a billing account to export to Google’s BigQuery and then make it useful for queries - both for monitoring processes and reporting - building on the cost-center labeling1 we’ve established. Read more →

Applying Labels for Cost Management

Once you’ve defined cost-centers1 for your organization, and created a labeling strategy2, it is time to apply labels so that you can manage your spend. Your first priority should be to label projects with a cost-center. Resources inside those projects will inherit the project label for cost allocation. Read more →

Eliminate Abandoned Resources

You’re probably paying for unused and forgotten cloud resources. These pesky resources linger without purpose. They hide under the radar, contributing to wasteful spend. Let’s find and delete these abandoned resources. What Are Abandoned Resources Also referred to as orphaned, abandoned resources became unused but were not de-provisioned. Read more →

Labeling Strategy for Cost Break-Down

Labeling cloud resources allows you to group costs and create a manageable, business-relevant break-down of your expenses. In this article we look at a strategy for applying labels consistently across your environment for support of cost management practices. We look at how labels are used to support billing break-down, and an example labeling standard you may build on for your organization. Read more →

Break it Down with Cost Centers

Your cloud bill needs to be broken down in a way that is meaningful to your organization. This article talks about what a meaningful cost break-down looks like, why it is important, and how to define this for your organization using the concept of Cost Centers. Read more →

Cost Engineering

The biggest factor in cloud infrastructure costs is not your choice of cloud provider, what region you select, how many users your service supports, or how much data it processes. The single biggest factor is how effectively your solutions are engineered to make efficient use of the cloud platform. Read more →


According to the 2020 State of the Cloud report1, 73% of companies using cloud infrastructure have identified “Optimize existing use of cloud (cost savings)” as a top initiative for 2020. This has been a top reported priority for the fourth year in a row. Read more →