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Eugene Levitin

Eugene Levitin

May 7, 2024 ・ Kubernetes

How Optimizing Kubernetes Resource Requests Can Reduce Your Costs

How Optimizing Kubernetes Resource Requests Can Reduce Your Costs

Kubernetes is a powerful tool, but without careful management, its costs can quickly escalate. However, one way to keep these costs under control is optimizing resource requests.

At Ivinco, one of our key strategies for our clients is optimizing resource requests. Let’s discuss this strategy and how you can implement it for cost savings without sacrificing performance.

What Are Resource Requests?

Resource requests in Kubernetes involve defining the minimum amount of CPU and memory that a container needs to operate effectively. These settings are important as they guide Kubernetes on how to efficiently allocate resources and manage pod placement across the cluster.

By setting appropriate resource requests, administrators ensure that applications have the necessary resources to perform their tasks without competing for essential assets. As a result, it prevents resource starvation while maintaining system stability and reliability.

In short, resource requests address the question: are your current settings aligned with your usage, or are you paying for idle resources? But how do these requests get out of whack in the first place?

How Do Resource Requests Become Unoptimized and Costly?

Resource requests can become unoptimized through overestimation or underestimation of the actual resources needed by a container. When resource requests are set higher than necessary, the cluster retains unused resources, which could be allocated elsewhere. So this leads to inefficiencies and increased operational costs.

On the other hand, underestimating resource needs can result in poor application performance and potential downtime. And downtime can lead to increased costs through lost productivity and negative user experiences.

So it’s important to strike a balance and accurately optimize resource requests. Here are some ways to do that.

How to Optimize Resource Requests and Save Money

Optimizing resource requests in Kubernetes not only improves system performance but also significantly cuts down on unnecessary expenditures. The following are practical steps to effectively optimize resource requests and realize cost savings:

  • Assess current usage. Start by accurately measuring the existing resource usage of your applications using tools like Prometheus, which integrates seamlessly with Kubernetes.

  • Set realistic requests. Based on the collected data, adjust resource requests to more closely align with actual usage. Increase requests where needed to prevent performance issues and decrease them where there is consistent underutilization.

  • Implement resource limits: Alongside adjusting requests, setting appropriate limits prevents any single application from consuming excessive resources, helping to maintain overall cluster health and prevent unexpected cost spikes.

  • Use autoscaling: Employ Kubernetes' Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) to automatically and dynamically adjust the number of pod replicas in response to the observed load. This not only optimizes resource usage but also automates the scaling process, making it both cost-effective and efficient.

  • Regular review and adjustment. As applications evolve, so do their resource needs. Regularly reviewing and tweaking resource requests and limits is key to maintaining optimization over time.

Although it takes a few steps to optimize resource requests, the potential benefits are worth it. However, it can also be worth utilizing the help of consultants to ensure you’re optimizing as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Want Help Optimizing Kubernetes Costs?

Ready to optimize your Kubernetes costs with expert help? At Ivinco, we specialize in fine-tuning Kubernetes environments to ensure you're only paying for the resources you are actually using.

Our team of Kubernetes experts can help you assess, adjust, and automate your resource requests to drive efficiency and reduce costs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start maximizing your Kubernetes ROI.

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