Kubernetes Cost Allocation
The Kubecost Cost Allocation dashboard allows you to quickly see allocated spend across all native Kubernetes concepts, e.g. namespace, k8s label, and service. It also allows for allocating cost to organizational concepts like team, product/project, department, or environment. This document explains the metrics presented and describes how you can control the data displayed in this view.
Cost Allocation dashboard
This is the main Kubecost Cost Allocation dashboard. In the screenshot there are multiple features to take notice of which are covered in this guide:
- 1.Date Range filter
- 2.Aggregate filters
- 3.Edit report icon
- 4.Additional dashboard icons
- 5.Cost metrics table
Select the date range of the report by setting specific start and end dates, or using one of the preset options.
Here you can aggregate cost by namespace, deployment, service, and other native Kubernetes concepts. While selecting Single Aggregation, you will only be able to select one concept at a time. While selecting Multi Aggregation, you will be able to filter for multiple concepts at the same time.
Costs aggregations are also visible by other meaningful organizational concepts, e.g. Team, Department, and Product. These aggregations are based on Kubernetes labels, referenced at both the pod and namespace-level, with labels at the pod-level being favored over the namespace label when both are present. The Kubernetes label name used for these concepts can be configured in Settings or in values.yaml after setting
kubecostProductConfigs.labelMappingConfigs.enabledto true. Workloads without the relevant label will be shown as
Note: Kubernetes annotations can also be used for cost allocation purposes, but this requires enabling a Helm flag. Learn more about using annotations. To see the annotations, you must add them to the label groupings via Settings or in values.yaml. Annotations will not work as one-off Labels added into reports directly, they will only work when added to the label groups in Settings or within the values.yaml.
To find what pods are not part of the relevant label set, you can either apply an
__unallocated__label filter in this allocation view or explore variations of the following kubectl commands:
kubectl get pods -l 'app notin (prometheus, cost-analyzer, ...)' --all-namespaces
kubectl get pods --show-labels -n <TARGET_NAMESPACE>
The Edit report icon has additional options to filter your search.
Allocating idle costs proportionately distributes slack or idle cluster costs to tenants. Specifically, this applies to resources that are provisioned but not being fully used or requested by a tenant. As an example, if your cluster is only 25% utilized, as measured by the max of resource usage and requests, applying idle costs would proportionately increase the cost of each pod/namespace/deployment by 4x. This feature can be enabled by default in Settings.
View Allocation data in the following formats:
- 1.Cost: Total cost per aggregation over date range
- 2.Cost over time: Cost per aggregation broken down over days or hours depending on date range
- 3.Efficiency over time: Shows resource efficiency over given date range
- 4.Proportional cost: Cost per aggregate displayed as a percentage of total cost over date range
- 5.Cost treemap: Heirarchically structured view of costs in current aggregation
View either cumulative or run rate costs measured over the selected time window based on the resources allocated.
- Cumulative Cost: represents the actual/historical spend captured by the Kubecost agent over the selected time window
- Rate metrics: Monthly, daily, or hourly "run rate" cost, also used for projected cost figures, based on samples in the selected time window
Costs allocations are based on the following:
- 1.resources allocated, i.e. max of resource requests and usage
- 2.the cost of each resource
- 3.the amount of time resources were provisioned
Filter resources by namespace, clusterId, and/or Kubernetes label to more closely investigate a rise in spend or key cost drivers at different aggregations such as deployments or pods. When a filter is applied, only resources with this matching value will be shown. These filters are also applied to external out-of-cluster asset tags. Supported filters are as follows:
Comma-separated lists are supported to filter by multiple categories, e.g. namespace filter equals
kube-system,kubecost. Wild card filters are also supported, indicated by a * following the filter, e.g.
namespace=kube*to return any namespace beginning with
Select how shared costs set on the settings page will be shared among allocations. Pick from default shared resources, or select a custom shared resource. A custom shared resource can be selected in the Configure custom shared resources feature at the bottom of the Edit report window.
Directly next to the Edit report icon are several additional icons for configuring reports:
- Save/unsave report icon: Save or unsave your current report
- Alerts icon: Send one of four reports routinely: recurring, efficiency, budget, and spend change
- Open saved report icon: Open a report that was previously saved using the Save report icon
- Download CSV icon: Download your current report as a CSV file
Cost allocation metrics are available for both in-cluster and out-of-cluster resources:
Cost Efficiency table