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*Last Updated: 3/31/2021
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Harness Cloud Cost Management Vs. Apptio (Cloudability)
Apptio Cloudability currently only offers daily granularity. For many customers, and especially engineering teams, that simply isn’t enough. Many things can go wrong in 24 hours and it’s imperative to have a more granular view into cloud costs. That’s why Harness Cloud Cost Management offers hourly granularity; it’s an almost-real-time view into possible issues that could end up very costly.
Without great tag hygiene, it’s difficult to get the full value out of Cloudability. They provide ways to automate tag governance, but the tool still relies heavily on customers creating, applying, and maintaining good tagging policies to get granular visibility. In addition, applied tags only exist in Cloudability and do not propagate to your cloud provider. Harness minimizes the pain of tagging, providing visibility into application, service, environment, namespace, and workload.
To get visibility into private clouds or on-prem, Apptio Cloudability requires that you purchase a second product, Apptio Hybrid Business Management. For any workloads running in Kubernetes, Harness provides visibility regardless of where the resources come from.
Cloudability requires good tagging to provide visibility into applications, making the value of the tool dependent on customers’ ability to create, apply, and maintain good tagging policies. Harness provides this visibility without requiring tagging.
While Cloudability provides visibility into Kubernetes costs, they do not provide analysis to help customers break out their utilized, idle, and unallocated costs within Kubernetes. Because these are crucial to understand resource efficiency in Kubernetes, Harness surfaces this information out of the box.
To correlate feature releases or engineering deployments with changes in cloud costs, a cloud cost management tool needs to have context behind an organization’s Continuous Delivery pipelines. Cloudability is a standalone tool that has no way of getting this context, whereas Harness ties right into a customer’s pipelines to make the correlation between deployments and cost changes.
Harness focuses on providing cost optimization recommendations for Kubernetes workloads. This allows customers to simply use existing resources in more efficient ways – no need to validate purchase, downsizing, and rightsizing recommendations that change the composition of the infrastructure. This validation is required with Cloudability recommendations, which also does not surface opportunities for cost efficiency in Kubernetes, limiting itself to the cloud providers.
Harness provides the ability for customers to automatically flag and drill down to any anomalous cost spikes, avoiding end-of-month surprises. Leveraging machine learning that customizes itself to a customer’s environment, including seasonality, customers are able to proactively detect and resolve cost spikes. While Cloudability provides this capability, they don’t allow users to provide feedback to the model to help make it more relevant over time. Instead, customers have the option to set a threshold, and any cost spikes above that will be flagged. Cloudability may or may not account for seasonality.
Cloudability provides a great set of visibility, savings, and forecast tools for cloud providers. However, they fall short in providing deep support for Kubernetes, which is where the world is headed. There is also an inordinate amount of tagging required, which puts the onus on your teams to engage in proper tag hygiene. Why not go a simpler route – one that doesn’t require tagging?
If you’re looking for tag-free and rich visibility, savings, and forecasting for Kubernetes, Harness Cloud Cost Management is the clear winner. Harness understands the pressure good tag hygiene puts on engineering teams. It is a less effort-intensive solution, providing you with the visibility you need – immediately.
*Please note: Our competitors, just like us, release updates to their products on a regular cadence. We keep these pages updated to the best of our ability, but there are bound to be discrepancies. For the most up-to-date information on competitor features, browsing the competitor’s new release pages and communities are your best bet.
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