What customers are saying about flexible CUDs
“Media.net is a global company with dynamic resource requirements. With flexible CUDs, Media.net is able to quickly and easily save money on baseline workload requirements, while giving it the flexibility to use different machine types and regions. Media.net chose Spot VMs after exploring various options to support spiky workloads, as they provided Media.net with both deep discounts and simple, predictable pricing. Flexible CUDs and Spot
VMs were the perfect combination to optimize costs for the dynamic capacity needs of the business.” —Amit Bhawani, Sr VP of Engineering, Media.net
“As Lucidworks expands our product offerings, Google Cloud’s Flexible CUDs have been the perfect solution to optimize cost while giving us the flexibility to shift workloads to different regions based on customer demographics and different instance families based on performancecharacteristics.” —Matt Roca, Director of Cloud Governance and Security, Lucidworks
Understanding flexible CUDs
You can purchase a flexible CUD in the Google Cloud console or via the API. A flexible CUD goes into effect one hour after purchase, and the discounts will automatically be applied to any eligible usage.
Your flexible CUD is applied to eligible on-demand spend by the hour. If during a given hour, you spend less than what you committed to, you will not fully utilize your commitment or realize your full discount.
For example: If you want to cover $100 worth of on-demand spend every hour by a flexible CUD, you will pay $54/hour (46% off) for 3 years (payable monthly), and receive a $100 credit that applies automatically to any eligible on-demand spend. The $100 credit burns down at the eligible on-demand rate for every eligible SKU, and expires if unused.
If you are running multiple projects within the same billing account, the credits from flexible CUDs are attributed proportionally across projects within the billing account and across SKUs within the same project according to their usage proportion.Planning for flexible CUDs purchases
A good way to think about how to purchase and use resource based CUDs with flexible CUDs is to first forecast and purchase resource based CUDs based on your steady state resource spend, to get the deepest discounts. A best practice is to use flexible CUDs for more variable and growing workloads, and to use on-demand VMs, or Spot VMs, for the rest of your usage.
Get started with flexible CUDs today
Building a business in the cloud can be complicated; paying for it should be easy. We designed flexible CUDs to make it easy for organizations to enjoy significant discounts across a wide variety of Google Cloud resources in a way that’s simple and predictable. For more details on how to purchase and use flexible CUDs and to get started, refer to this documentation.
By: Yasmin Mowafy (Product Manager)
Source: Google Cloud Blog