30% of cloud infra spend is wasted, which will count for $25B this year. No wonder companies fear their cloud bill! We're on a mission to empower engineering teams to use the cloud efficiently and economically. We want everyone to love their cloud bill.
We all adopted the cloud, the utopian dream of using infrastructure as and when needed. This was amazing until that first cloud bill shock happened. We thought it was just a one-off but it keeps popping up, and it feels like we’re playing a losing game of whack-a-mole. Meanwhile, the cloud providers are enjoying the show as their profits are up and to the right. It almost feels like they made cloud pricing opaque by design!
We keep repeating top-down directives to reduce the bill. CEOs shout at managers, who shout at engineers, and now the engineers can't push new features because they're too busy paying back the cloud bill tech-debt. This lasts for weeks, sometimes months, and it frustrates everyone.
This was not the promise of the cloud! So why do we keep repeating this exercise in futility?
Infracost.io solves the problem at its root by showing engineers the cost of what they're buying, before they actually buy it. It sounds obvious, but it really is that simple. The engineers see prices that map directly to their code in their workflow.
We makes it effortless for companies to be cost-efficient from the start. Engineers are no longer frustrated by the futile cloud bill reduction exercises, they are now praised for shipping features fast. When the bill comes in, instead of shouting and finger-pointing, managers are now proud of the efficiency of their organization. For the first time, we love our cloud bills!
Engineering teams at many enterprises including BMW, HelloFresh and HP are using Infracost. We are grateful to have a community of over 150 people in our Slack channel and 40 open source contributors supporting our mission.
We're a team of 4 so far: Hassan, Alistair, Ali and Tim. We've worked together during the past 10 years; two of our previous startups (PlanForCloud and AbarCloud) were acquired and one failed (CircuitOps). Back in 2012, we built one of the early cloud cost management products targeted at finance teams. Back then, when Ali was finishing his PhD in cloud costs, AWS didn't have a pricing API so he wrote scrapers to fetch 10K prices from cloud providers; Alistair and Tim reverse-engineered AWS' billing engine so we could estimate costs, while Hassan lead our product and marketing with customers including Sony, Disney and Audi.
Ustomer, not customer: It is all about seeing us and the customer as one. We like to be a part of the user’s team, and help them however we can. If the user is not successful, then we will not be either so we try to walk in their shoes. It's more than work - we build relationships and community with users and customers.
Open is our core: Put yourself out there. Show your learning. Transparency builds confidence. Encourage sharing the good and the bad. The best decisions are made when everyone has access to all the data. Be straightforward and kind, feedback is about your work not your person.
Let's JEDI: Let’s Just Effing Do It! Own it and move fast. A good plan fiercely executed now is better than a perfect plan later. We ask for help and unblock each other. The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.