This post explains features of Kubecost that can be used for Kubernetes cost reporting and how cloud provider integrations can provide more insights for managed Kubernetes solutions.
Over the last few years, we have seen the mass adoption of Kubernetes as a container orchestration platform. With this also comes different ways to operate Kubernetes clusters. Some enterprises prefer one cluster one tenant (Hard multi-tenancy) and some prefer one cluster n tenant (Soft multi-tenancy) model. We have seen a lot of enterprises going with the latter model as it helps them cut down a lot of operational efforts. For the soft multi-tenancy model, it becomes very important to provide visibility of cost allocation tenant wise so that teams can be charged back accordingly.
We are running a soft multi-tenant Amazon EKS cluster. Multi-tenancy is in place using Kubernetes namespaces. Now for cost reporting, AWS provides cost explorer which is very good if you want to get charges for nodes, EBS, network as a whole. But it is not possible to use it to get cost segregation for shared or pooled resources. We wanted to create reports based on tenants so that they can be tied to the budgets accordingly. There are many solutions in the market for Kubernetes cost reporting, but since we were looking for something open source, we ended up selecting Kubecost. In this blog post, I will elaborate on how we used Kubecost for our multi-tenant EKS cluster to get better visibility.
Kubecost helps you monitor and manage cost and capacity in Kubernetes environments. - Kubecost docs
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