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S3 Intelligent-Tiering: What It Takes To Actually Break Even

By Alex Rasmussen

As Cloud Economists, we’re often asked when it makes sense for an object to be in Amazon S3’s Intelligent-Tiering (“S3-IT”) storage class. The answer, as is unfortunately often the case in the world of consulting, is “it depends”. There are two primary considerations before you jump into S3-IT: an object’s access pattern and its size. […]

cloud cost management storytelling

How Storytelling Can Shape Your Cloud Cost Management Strategy

By Jesse DeRose

Storytelling can change the narrative of your cloud cost management strategy by opening up communication and sharing business context across your organization.

cost allocation guide

AWS Cost Allocation Guide: Aggregating and Assigning Cloud Costs

By Jesse DeRose

Understanding AWS spend is a big pain point for companies, but cloud cost allocation can help. In the second part of this series, we’re focusing on what to do with your cloud cost data once it’s generated.

Reserved Instances

Spending Money to Save Money with Savings Plans and Reserved Instances

By Amy Negrette

AWS offers a lot of options to save money by committing to a certain level of spend that you can get without dealing with an Accounting Team. We break down how they work and what strategy works best for your spend.

cost allocation

AWS Cost Allocation Guide: Identifying Your Costs

By Jesse DeRose

At The Duckbill Group, our clients repeatedly tell us the same thing: We need to know why our AWS bill went up. In fact, gaining better visibility into your cloud spend is one of the biggest pain points you will encounter with AWS.  For organizations moving from the data center world, AWS is a completely […]

DBG's Community Builders

The Secret Ingredient Duckbill Looks for in Employees

By Jesse DeRose

I hate writing job descriptions. I always feel like I’m going to inadvertently write a job description for a purple squirrel.  I know who we are as a company; that part’s easy to write. But how much do I know about what we’re looking for in a candidate?  Are we basing the job description off […]

Incentive Alignment

Protecting Our Clients: Incentive Alignment

By Mike Julian

We take our role in protecting our clients quite seriously, and that starts with aligning incentives.

a duck tale

A Duck Tale

By Kevin Kuchta

In February 2020, we began building what would become DuckTools, a new AWS cost management SaaS tool, modeled off of our extensive internal tools we built for our consulting projects. We launched to the world in private beta in December 2020.

This month, we shuttered it.

Let’s talk about why.

AWS Begins Sunsetting RIs

AWS Begins Sunsetting RIs; Replaces Them With Something Much, Much Better

By Corey Quinn

Don’t worry, Reserved Instances will still be around. You just don’t have to think about them anymore unless you want to.

AWS Cross-AZ Data Transfer

AWS Cross-AZ Data Transfer Costs More Than AWS Says

By Corey Quinn

When it comes to the exact cost cross-AZ data transfer, the AWS documentation is a bit ambiguous. So I ran a little experiment to figure out how much it costs to move data between availability zones in the same region.

Multi-Cloud Dashboard

You Need a Multi-Cloud Dashboard Because I Want To Sell You One

By Corey Quinn

The only vendors selling multi-cloud dashboards are the ones who’d be out of business if you didn’t buy them.

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