Google Cloud Billing Reimbursement via Donations?
mail at aparcar.org
Wed Aug 9 14:53:32 PDT 2023
Dear John, Jow, Petr, Pono,
would it be an option to refund me with existing OpenWrt donations? I talked with Google again and they offered another 5k$ cloud credit, however find themself unable to refund the taken money.
I don’t plan to accept the 5k$ (to my account), if anyone of the OpenWrt team is interested in it, please reach out to me, but keep my mistake in mind.
> On 9. Aug 2023, at 07:58, Yousong Zhou <yszhou4tech at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Aug 2023 at 04:53, Paul Spooren <mail at aparcar.org> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I’m a bit in a pickle. Some time ago I applied to multiple cloud providers to improve our CI and we received 10k$ from Azure (Buildbots), Google Cloud (CI Cache) and Digital Ocean (general Infra). It all went great and quiet so far, up until yesterday where Google booked 1.8k$ from my private credit card.
>> Turns out the CI cache worked excellent by greatly reducing job times, however also using 94TB of bandwidth per month. The bill thereby boils down to some 16$ for storage capacity and around 1.8k$ for bandwidth.
>> Asking both the billing team and the open source team from Google for further sponsoring and a refund, neither "can do anything”. Their funding got “significantly reduced” so no new credits will be available. I disabled all Google Cloud products used by OpenWrt.
>> A bit unfortunate that I didn’t keep closer track of the credit usage, to be fair I neither expected 94TB/m usage nor that price tag for it. Their support quote on that:
>>> Please keep in mind that they [credits] will expire in 12 months and there will be no notifications when credits are low, so you would have to manually check the remaining balance every once in a while.
>> I wonder if the project minds using some of our SFC donations to refund that bill. It’s not breaking my neck but blowing away nearly 2k$ for CI cache for an open source project I work for is a bit… much.
>> tl;dr: can we use OpenWrt donations to pay a big cloud bill?
> Hi Paul, the cost is caused by and for the project daily operation, so
> I think it's viable to be covered by the donation.
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