Category Company Update

Happy New Year! Reflecting on the Past Two Years and 2020 Feature Releases

2021 marks the start of year three working full-time on CloudForecast for Francois and I! It’s been quite a journey and uphill battle to get to where we are at...

New Features: AWS Monthly Financial Report and Dashboard Improvements

We’re ending the month of March with one new feature and and existing feature improvement:

New Features: Monitor your AWS Saving Plans, Reduce the Noise & Show Usage Only

Happy belated New Years from CloudForecast!! We hope the start of 2020 has been going well for you all. We’re coming in hot with three new features available to you...

Send AWS Usage Reports Via Slack And Other New Cost-Saving Features

We have four new features available today on CloudForecast. Here is a quick rundown of everything new and shiny.

CloudForecast's New Feature: AWS Reserved Instances Weekly Report

Investing in AWS reserved instances is a great way to help you reduce your monthly AWS cost. The potential savings can be up to 75% compared to on-demand pricing if...

Get The Most Out Of Your AWS Reserved Instances With CloudForecast's New Monitoring Feature

We’re constantly looking for ways to help deliver additional value that saves you time and money on Amazon Web Services.

New Feature: Drill Down Into Your AWS Cost With CloudForecast's New Dashboard Tool

Here at CloudForecast, we’re constantly gathering product feedback from our customers. We love learning about their problems around AWS cost and figure out ways to build new AWS cost optimization...

CloudForecast's 2018 Year-End Summary Report

With a new year, it’s always important to take the time to reflect but also look forward to a new year.

Interview With CloudForecast's Founders: Francois Lagier And Kacy Fortner

This was previously featured on Hacker Noon and written by Davis Baer. Davis Baer is the Co-founder of oneupapp.io 💻 & Host of the Hacker Noon Founder Interview series 💬....

CloudForecast Story: What We Learned Spending 2 Million Annually On AWS

One word that sums up our journey launching CloudForecast is “uncomfortable”. A lot of our time was spent learning new things that stretched us into “uncomfortable” territory the past 9...

Category Tutorials

How We Saved Over $1,000 By Building CloudForecast With Serverless And AWS Lambda

In a previous blog post, we described our journey to launch CloudForecast and some of the questions every startup face. In this post, we will answer the question “What’s the...

Category Serverless

How We Saved Over $1,000 By Building CloudForecast With Serverless And AWS Lambda

In a previous blog post, we described our journey to launch CloudForecast and some of the questions every startup face. In this post, we will answer the question “What’s the...

Category Lambda

How We Saved Over $1,000 By Building CloudForecast With Serverless And AWS Lambda

In a previous blog post, we described our journey to launch CloudForecast and some of the questions every startup face. In this post, we will answer the question “What’s the...

Category Interview

Interview With CloudForecast's Founders: Francois Lagier And Kacy Fortner

This was previously featured on Hacker Noon and written by Davis Baer. Davis Baer is the Co-founder of oneupapp.io 💻 & Host of the Hacker Noon Founder Interview series 💬....

Category Advice

Using AWS Athena To Convert A CSV File To Parquet

Running into issues with using Athena to convert a CSV file to Parquet or have a random AWS question? We would love to help if we can, for free. Check...

Using AWS CloudWatch Insights To Fine Tune Your Lambda Functions

It’s not uncommon for folks that are newer to Serverless and AWS Lambda to provision their functions for what they think they will need. In fact, I would venture to...

GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij Shares Insights On How To Develop A Self-Hosted Application

We had the opportunity to chat with Sid, the CEO of GitLab, on what it takes to offer a self-hosted version of your software a few weeks ago. GitLab is...

GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij About Growth Strategies And Common Marketing Mistakes In SaaS Companies

The CloudForecast team recently had a chance to do a “Pick Your Brain” session with the CEO of GitLab, Sid Sijbrandij. The range of topics included, keys to marketing to...

Category AWS Tips

Watch Out For Unexpected S3 Cost When Using AWS Athena

Following up on my last blog post (Using Parquet on Athena to Save Money on AWS), I wanted to share another thought about AWS Athena, specifically how the S3 bucket...

Using Parquet On Amazon Athena For AWS Cost Optimization

To show you how you can optimize your AWS Athena query and save money, we will use the ‘2018 Flight On-Time Performance’ dataset from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (bts.gov)....

Using Reaper Serverless Functions To Reduce Your AWS Bill

There are a lot of factors to consider when thinking about building your applications and services inside of Amazon Web Services. Often times there is a learning curve that individuals...

Category Product Update

Happy New Year! Reflecting on the Past Two Years and 2020 Feature Releases

2021 marks the start of year three working full-time on CloudForecast for Francois and I! It’s been quite a journey and uphill battle to get to where we are at...

New Features: AWS Monthly Financial Report and Dashboard Improvements

We’re ending the month of March with one new feature and and existing feature improvement:

New Features: Monitor your AWS Saving Plans, Reduce the Noise & Show Usage Only

Happy belated New Years from CloudForecast!! We hope the start of 2020 has been going well for you all. We’re coming in hot with three new features available to you...

Send AWS Usage Reports Via Slack And Other New Cost-Saving Features

We have four new features available today on CloudForecast. Here is a quick rundown of everything new and shiny.

CloudForecast's New Feature: AWS Reserved Instances Weekly Report

Investing in AWS reserved instances is a great way to help you reduce your monthly AWS cost. The potential savings can be up to 75% compared to on-demand pricing if...

Get The Most Out Of Your AWS Reserved Instances With CloudForecast's New Monitoring Feature

We’re constantly looking for ways to help deliver additional value that saves you time and money on Amazon Web Services.

New Feature: Drill Down Into Your AWS Cost With CloudForecast's New Dashboard Tool

Here at CloudForecast, we’re constantly gathering product feedback from our customers. We love learning about their problems around AWS cost and figure out ways to build new AWS cost optimization...

Category Recommendations

Introduction to AWS Reserved Instances

There is nothing I love more than saving money (except maybe delicious food). And I don’t know too many people who don’t love saving money, not to mention making the...

Building A Serverless Event-Driven Pipeline That Boosts Your AWS Monitoring Efforts

Event-Driven Architecture An event-driven architecture is one in which a system reacts to events that are emitted by other systems. The definition of an event can vary based on the...

AWS Summit Chicago Guide: The Best Things To Do, Eat And See In The Area

Heading to the AWS Summit in Chicago on May 30th and need recommendations on things to eat, see or drink near McCormick Place?

Category AWS

Finance for Developers: What You Need to Know About AWS Costs

Anyone that reviews their credit card bill once a year knows how easy it is to accrue unused subscriptions when you don’t review your statement regularly. Many developers are guilty...

AWS Cost Governance for Project Managers

The rise of cloud computing has simplified life for developers, but the economics of cloud computing can be complex. While C-level executives could wrap their heads around physical data centers,...

Use AWS T3 Instances to Cut Down On Your EC2 Cost

Use AWS T3 Instances to Cut Down On Your EC2 Cost Amazon AWS is a significant expense for many software companies. While there are many ways to save money, developers...

AWS Billing Alerts and Budgets for Your Costs

Amazon Web Services may be the ultimate DevOps solution, but it comes at a (sometimes surprising) cost. At a time when budgets are under unprecedented stress, it’s never been more...

When Should You Use AWS Spot Instances?

Many organizations use a combination of Reserved Instances, On-Demand Instances, SavingsPlans and Spot Instances to support their applications and manage their costs. While Spot Instances are too unpredictable for most...

How to Detect AWS Cost Anomalies Before They Spiral Out of Control

Cost awareness is becoming an increasingly important part of engineering culture. With tighter corporate budgets, especially following the COVID-19 outbreak, many organizations are putting AWS resources under a microscope. The...

AWS Cost Management Guide for CFO's

Modern CFOs are intimately involved with IT given the digitization of just about everything. As a growing number of companies transition to the cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is quickly...

How AWS Cost Allocation Tags Can Reduce Your AWS Cost

How AWS Cost Allocation Tags Can Reduce Your AWS Cost

Using AWS Athena To Convert A CSV File To Parquet

Running into issues with using Athena to convert a CSV file to Parquet or have a random AWS question? We would love to help if we can, for free. Check...

Introduction to AWS Reserved Instances

There is nothing I love more than saving money (except maybe delicious food). And I don’t know too many people who don’t love saving money, not to mention making the...

Building A Serverless Event-Driven Pipeline That Boosts Your AWS Monitoring Efforts

Event-Driven Architecture An event-driven architecture is one in which a system reacts to events that are emitted by other systems. The definition of an event can vary based on the...

Analyzing The Cost Of Your AWS Serverless Functions Using Faast.js

What is faast.js? Faast.js is an open source project that streamlines invoking serverless functions like AWS Lambda. It allows you to invoke your serverless functions as if they were regular...

AWS Summit Chicago Guide: The Best Things To Do, Eat And See In The Area

Heading to the AWS Summit in Chicago on May 30th and need recommendations on things to eat, see or drink near McCormick Place?

Category Reccomendations

Analyzing The Cost Of Your AWS Serverless Functions Using Faast.js

What is faast.js? Faast.js is an open source project that streamlines invoking serverless functions like AWS Lambda. It allows you to invoke your serverless functions as if they were regular...

Category Beginners

Introduction to AWS Reserved Instances

There is nothing I love more than saving money (except maybe delicious food). And I don’t know too many people who don’t love saving money, not to mention making the...

Category Guide

AWS Billing Alerts and Budgets for Your Costs

Amazon Web Services may be the ultimate DevOps solution, but it comes at a (sometimes surprising) cost. At a time when budgets are under unprecedented stress, it’s never been more...

AWS Data Transfer Costs and Optimization Guide

While it’s easy to quickly move data around in the cloud, each AWS data transfer costs money and these hidden fees and quickly add up over time if you’re not...

Category Best Practices

AWS Data Transfer Costs and Optimization Guide

While it’s easy to quickly move data around in the cloud, each AWS data transfer costs money and these hidden fees and quickly add up over time if you’re not...

Category new features

New Features: SSO, Multi-user support, Monthly Budgets, "Short" Slack Cost Reports and more

Here is a summary of all the new features we’ve released in 2021. As always, thank you all so much for the feedback. Francois and I are listening, and we...

New Features: EC2 Spot Instances ROI and AWS Cost Optimization Reports

CloudForecast New Features TL;DR EC2 Spot Instances ROI Report AWS Cost Optimization Report aka ZeroWaste Single Sign On support New Knowledgebase

Category cost optimization

AWS ECS Pricing and Container Optimization Guide

AWS ECS (Elastic Container Service) is a container orchestration platform that allows clients to run and manage Docker containers in the AWS cloud.

AWS CloudFront Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

CloudFront is AWS own CDN (Content Delivery Network). CDNs are primarily used for caching, and many customers also use AWS CloudFront CDN as a security layer, or use it to...

AWS EMR Cost Optimization Guide

AWS EMR (Elastic MapReduce) is Amazon’s managed big data platform which allows clients who need to process gigabytes or petabytes of data to create EC2 instances running the Hadoop File...

AWS S3 Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Simple Storage Service (referred to as AWS S3) is AWS’s cloud-based file storage platform. Amazon S3 is one of Amazon’s most widely used services, but it’s also one of...

AWS RDS Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Web Services makes getting your data into AWS RDS Relational Database Service relatively easy. Import costs are free on RDS, and you can store up to 100 terabytes across...

Category guide

AWS ECS Pricing and Container Optimization Guide

AWS ECS (Elastic Container Service) is a container orchestration platform that allows clients to run and manage Docker containers in the AWS cloud.

AWS CloudFront Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

CloudFront is AWS own CDN (Content Delivery Network). CDNs are primarily used for caching, and many customers also use AWS CloudFront CDN as a security layer, or use it to...

AWS EMR Cost Optimization Guide

AWS EMR (Elastic MapReduce) is Amazon’s managed big data platform which allows clients who need to process gigabytes or petabytes of data to create EC2 instances running the Hadoop File...

AWS S3 Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Simple Storage Service (referred to as AWS S3) is AWS’s cloud-based file storage platform. Amazon S3 is one of Amazon’s most widely used services, but it’s also one of...

AWS RDS Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Web Services makes getting your data into AWS RDS Relational Database Service relatively easy. Import costs are free on RDS, and you can store up to 100 terabytes across...

Category best practices

AWS ECS Pricing and Container Optimization Guide

AWS ECS (Elastic Container Service) is a container orchestration platform that allows clients to run and manage Docker containers in the AWS cloud.

AWS S3 Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Simple Storage Service (referred to as AWS S3) is AWS’s cloud-based file storage platform. Amazon S3 is one of Amazon’s most widely used services, but it’s also one of...

AWS RDS Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

Amazon Web Services makes getting your data into AWS RDS Relational Database Service relatively easy. Import costs are free on RDS, and you can store up to 100 terabytes across...

Category features

CloudForecast's AWS Tagging Compliance Report

Ensuring your AWS resources are being tagged properly is a vital part of an organization’s AWS cost monitoring and optimization processes. With AWS tags in place, organization’s can easily map...

Category aws best practices

AWS CloudFront Pricing and Cost Optimization Guide

CloudFront is AWS own CDN (Content Delivery Network). CDNs are primarily used for caching, and many customers also use AWS CloudFront CDN as a security layer, or use it to...

Category announcement

New Features: SSO, Multi-user support, Monthly Budgets, "Short" Slack Cost Reports and more

Here is a summary of all the new features we’ve released in 2021. As always, thank you all so much for the feedback. Francois and I are listening, and we...

Category case study

Case Study: How 605 Leveraged CloudForecast to Monitor Unexpected AWS Cost Overruns

“The benefit 605 receives by not employing a cloud accountant on staff to go through this every day more than pays for the CloudForecast service cost.” - Jared Williams, Director...