At Authzed, January was not only the beginning of the new year, but also a new set of initiatives. Transparency can mean different things to different people, but here it’s built into our DNA. From developing our products open source, publishing our post-mortem reviews of technical and operational processes, providing users direct access to our service’s metrics, to blogging our weekly thoughts, we always take an eye towards ensuring that our software, services, and business motivations are not a black box.
We began preparing to ship our usage-based billing for Authzed.com in January, and we’re proud to announce that it shipped this February. Because this functionality is directly related to how customers are charged, we made it a hard requirement to ship that users have all the information possible to understand how their bills are calculated. All SpiceDB API responses return metadata to help users understand the performance of their requests; we’ve chosen this as the building block to charge our Authzed.com users. In the dashboard, billing comes with a brand new set graphs that help users understand in real time their API usage via their computation costs, which are the same metrics used to calculate their bill. These graphs are not only for Authzed.com users, but are also made available in Authzed Enterprise so that on-prem businesses can better understand their projects' authorization usage. By making less complex responses for Authzed.com cheaper, we’ve aligned our incentives with app developers that want to improve the performance of their applications.
February’s focus on transparency involved not only our open source SpiceDB, but also a healthy split between Authzed.com and Authzed Enterprise.
Major highlights include:
We’re looking forward to a Spring full of pollinating new ideas and helping grow healthy new SpiceDB deployments.
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