Kubecost Metrics

Kubecost Cost Model

The Cost Model both exports and consumes the following metrics.

Kubecost Network Costs

The Kubecost network-costs DaemonSet collects node network data and exports the egress, ingress, and performance statistics.


cAdvisor (Container Advisor) provides container users an understanding of the resource usage and performance characteristics of their running containers. It is a running daemon that collects, aggregates, processes, and exports information about running containers.

GitHub: https://github.com/google/cadvisor

Kube-State-Metrics (KSM)

Although the default Kubecost installation does not include a KSM deployment, Kubecost does calculate & emit the below metrics. The below metrics and labels follow conventions of KSMv1, not KSMv2.

Node exporter

Prometheus exporter for hardware and OS metrics exposed by *NIX kernels, written in Go with pluggable metric collectors.

The Node Exporter is disabled by default. You can enable it with the flags:

--set prometheus.server.nodeExporter.enabled=true
--set prometheus.serviceAccounts.nodeExporter.create=true

GitHub: https://github.com/prometheus/node_exporter


Prometheus emits metrics which are used by Kubecost for diagnostic purposes:

NVIDIA K8s Device Plugin (GPU)

NVIDIA GPU monitoring support can be explained in more detail on the Kubecost Blog: Monitoring NVIDIA GPU Usage in Kubernetes with Prometheus. The following metrics are consumed:

GitHub: https://github.com/NVIDIA/k8s-device-plugin

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