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Jonathan Fries

Jonathan Fries

I work for Exadel, Inc. Exadel is a great company, with great people all around the world. I currently lead the Boulder, CO, USA office.


Cloud Computing Cloud Price Comparison

How Much are you Charging me Right Now?

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Cloud Computing Cloud Price Comparison

How Much are you Charging me Right Now?

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Whenever I go and sign up for any particular cloud provider, or add a new service, I always have a moment of panic that sounds like this in my head:

"How much will this cost? How much is this already costing me, RIGHT NOW at this VERY MINUTE?"

Because the answer, if you aren't careful, could be a lot of money.

So, I am improving my skills with all of the cost dashboards, and I have even provisioned an AWS Organization in such a way as to track the cost of my AWS DeepRacer contest participants (not as simple as I thought it would be).

But it is difficult to understand what is turned on at any given second and what is being charged for.

It would be nice to have a Panic Report that would show you everything that was operational and let you see what the per hour or per second charge for that thing was.

Perhaps this runs counter to the notion of "don't make it hard for the customer to give you money" or "encourage them to sign up for everything and don't show the cost until the bill arrives", but I have to believe that these companies are not that shortsighted.


Side note: I am signing up for IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud, in the interest of seeing if I can pull in the same information to pricekite from those folks that I did for the Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS.

So far, I think the answer is 'No', but we'll see.

With Oracle, I am unable to even sign in at this juncture. Their sign in process is very much 'not like the others' and seems hyper-focused on enterprise.

I guess that makes sense for them, but it is frustrating. I guess I won't accidentally be giving them any money.

Jonathan Fries

Jonathan Fries

I work for Exadel, Inc. Exadel is a great company, with great people all around the world. I currently lead the Boulder, CO, USA office.

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