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Day Two Cloud 078: Cloud Economics Are Ridiculous

Episode 78

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Today’s topic is cloud economics. While you might think cloud economics are about saving money, they may be more about optimizing your spend, which is a different thing. There’s also an argument to be made that, depending on how much you’ve invested in public cloud, you may want to dedicate a human (or more than one) to tracking your cloud bills.

Our guest is Corey Quinn, Chief Cloud Economist at Duckbill Group. He also publishes the Last Week In AWS newsletter and can be found on Twitter as @QuinnyPig.

We discuss:

  • Reasons why you should analyze your cloud bills
  • The difficulties of finding the right person to do it
  • OpEx vs. CapEx
  • Whether AI or ML can help with cloud cost-management
  • Making the case for multi-cloud
  • Feature velocity vs. cost optimization
  • Is lock-in real?
  • More


  1. Impostor syndrome is real, but no one knows how all of this works.
  2. Reach out to your provider if you blow something up.
  3. Figure out what your goals are.

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