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The 10 Coolest Open-Source Software Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

CRN’s list of 10 coolest open-source tools in 2021 so far include python-based restore tooling from Aiven and cloud-use cost visibility from Stackwatch.

Stackwatch’s Kubecost

More attention on Kubernetes means more questions about the costs around cloud use. Cue Kubecost, a tool from San Francisco-based Stackwatch to monitor and reduce Kubernetes spending. The commercial version of Kubecost is built on top of the Kubecost open source project on GitHub.

The tool offers cost visibility breaking down costs by deployment, service, namespace label and more concepts. Users can view costs across clusters, in a single view or a single API endpoint, according to the company’s website. The tool alerts users to cost overruns and infrastructure outage risks. Kubecost runs on Azure, AWS, Google Cloud and other Kubernetes environments, including on-premises.

Users include CapitalOne, Adobe and TiVo, according to the company’s website. Stackwatch is led by co-founder and CEO Webb Brown, who spent four years as a product manager at Google. In March, Kubecost raised $5.5 million in funding, according to a blog post.

 
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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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