Kubecost vs. CloudZero Comparison

Which is the best Cloud Cost Management provider for you?

November 23, 2022

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

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  • If you use a combination of AWS-native services alongside Kubernetes, CloudZero is the more mature choice while also having robust reporting for Kubernetes (spend and allocations to namespaces, etc.). Kubecost has recently added support for AWS cost monitoring.

🤔 Slightly consider Kubecost over CloudZero if

  • Kubecost is a good option if the lion’s share of your workloads are on Kubernetes.
  • You prefer to use an open-core solution. If you want to use an open-source cost allocation tool for your cloud spend, Kubecost also created OpenCost.

🤔 Strongly consider CloudZero over Kubecost if

  • You want support for cloud spend tracking for other kinds of PaaS and SaaS services, like Databricks, Snowflake, Dynatrace, and MongoDB.
  • You want to abstract away the complexity and minutiae of purchasing decisions and cost allocation to things like the cost of a customer, a deployment, a feature, or a unit of work. 
  • You want to get a strong grasp on your unit economics on the cloud and link cloud costs to business margins.
  • You use AWS-native services.
  • You’d like integrated tooling to help you optimize your upfront commitments or discount plans with cloud vendors.

đź“ťOther Notes

  • Although Kubernetes is not in its name (as it is with Kubecost), CloudZero has comparable tools for monitoring Kubernetes-related cloud spend for most use cases.
  • Kubecost is open core software.


Kubecost is an open-source platform that provides a bespoke cloud cost management solution designed primarily for teams extensively using Kubernetes. Born from the minds that contributed to the creation of Kubernetes at Google, Kubecost brings a deeply informed perspective to Kubernetes cost management. Recently, they have broadened their scope by incorporating capabilities to track non-Kubernetes cloud spending, expanding their utility and value proposition for teams operating mixed-technology environments.


CloudZero is tailored for digital-native companies where cloud expenditure is a significant part of Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), and emphasizes revealing unit and marginal costs. Its approach empowers engineering teams with valuable financial insights, enabling them to make data-driven decisions that directly impact the bottom line. CloudZero's unique emphasis on cost visibility and control makes it an ideal solution for businesses that consider cloud spend a crucial part of their operational costs.

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  • Kubecost does not have any discount management features for purchasing Reserved Instances, Savings Plans, or the equivalent on major cloud platforms.

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Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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