Harness today announced that it has updated its cloud cost management (CCM) module for its namesake continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform to add support for Kubernetes at the node level in addition to providing business intelligence tools to analyze overall cloud costs.
Harish Doddala, senior director of product management for Harness, said the update surfaces more granular insights into cloud costs that DevOps teams are incurring because cloud resources are being wasted. The latest version of CCM enables DevOps teams to create their own customized views of those resources.
As the overall economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, more organizations are looking to exercise greater control over IT costs. In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, many DevOps teams consumed cloud resources without much regard to cost to enable organizations to advance various digital business transformation initiatives. Now, finance teams are requiring DevOps teams to account for those cloud costs.
The goal is not only to reduce costs whenever possible—by, for example, quickly identifying a sudden spike in cloud resources consumption—but to accurately forecast budget costs on a monthly basis so that both IT and finance teams can collaboratively track spending. The typical finance team is just as concerned about accurately predicting costs as they are the total amount spent.
Ultimately, Doddala says Harness’ CCM enables organizations to better assess which software development projects to prioritize based on the cloud resources allocated. It’s not uncommon for organizations to suddenly have to shift software development priorities as business conditions change and evolve. A project that may be a top priority today can easily be downgraded because, for example, a rival has been able to launch some new capability that an organization now needs to quickly match.
DevOps teams, unfortunately, don’t always pay as much attention to infrastructure costs. Harness’ CCM helps reduce those costs by automatically stopping idle resources running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or any Kubernetes cluster, said Doddala.
There are, of course, any number of existing tools that cloud service providers make available to enable IT teams to reduce costs. CCM, however, provides that capability within the context of a DevOps platform that can span multiple cloud computing environments, noted Doddala. DevOps teams, for example, can create and enforce cost policies for cloud infrastructure into a CI/CD pipeline and prevent an organization from being surprised by a bill from their cloud service provider at the end of the month.
It’s not clear the degree to which cost control modules will influence the selection of one CI/CD platform over another. However, it’s apparent the days when organizations consumed cloud resources with little regard to cost are ending. In fact, there may soon be more cost controls imposed on software development projects than there were prior to the pandemic. The challenge, of course, is finding a way to automate the implementation of those controls and minimize the impact on software development velocity.