Analyzing costs by cloud provider

Use the Summary page to analyze the monthly and yearly cloud costs and trends for the cloud service providers, and to understand and analyze the monthly and yearly normalized compute hours of the cloud service providers.

To access the Summary page, in the navigation pane of the TrueSight console, select  > Cloud Cost Control and ensure the Summary tab is selected. 

The Summary page displays the costs and normalized compute hours details in two separate tabs: 

  • Costs 
  • Normalized Compute Hours

If you want to view and analyze the normalized compute hours details, see Analyzing normalized compute hours by cloud provider.


For more information, see the following sections:

Overview 


The following video (5:24) illustrates how to use the Summary page to get an aggregated view of all public and on-premises cloud spend and future costs, and to see the normalized compute hours for usage comparison.

 https://youtu.be/R6OK-HN0DNc

The Costs subpage is the default landing page of TrueSight Cloud Cost Control. It provides a quick view of the total cost of your multi-cloud infrastructure.


You can get an overview of the total cloud spend and the projected cloud costs by the cloud providers for a selected month and year.

The cost details are displayed as color-coded charts. You can use the charts to understand the costs on a month-by-month basis to evaluate your cloud costs. 

From the Costs subpage, you can achieve the following goals: 

  • View and compare the monthly and yearly cloud costs by cloud provider
  • View and compare the monthly costs for cloud providers over the past year
  • View and compare the projected monthly costs for cloud providers over the next year
  • Identify the cloud provider with the highest cost  

You can set this page to be the default page that opens every time you log on to the TrueSight console by setting it as the landing page. 

  

By default, the charts display data for the current month and for all the cloud providers.

To analyze costs by cloud provider

  1. In the navigation pane of the TrueSight console, select Cloud Cost Control.
    The Summary > Costs page is displayed.

  2. Review and analyze the charts on the page.

    Click a tab to view details for the chart.


    Monthly Cost by Provider pie chart: Enables you to compare the total monthly costs of the vendor-specific public cloud services platforms and on-premises infrastructure.

    Key characteristics of the chart are as follows:

    • The center of the chart displays the total monthly cost of all providers along with the cost trend.
    • Each slice of the pie chart has a unique color and is associated with a specific cloud provider.
    • The projected or forecasted cost is displayed in a separate slice in a lighter shade of the provider's color.
    • On hovering your mouse over a slice of the chart, you can view details of the specific provider such as cost (in percentage and currency) of the total cost. 
    • On clicking a provider name in the legend, you can choose to remove the cost details for that provider.

    The following screenshot shows the monthly cost for an earlier month. Hence, the cost is aggregated based on actual data and not projected data.

    The following screenshot shows the monthly cost for the current month. Hence, the cost is aggregated based on actual (for past days of the month) and projected data (remaining days of the month).


    Projected Yearly Cost pie chart: Enables you to compare the total forecasted or projected cost for the current year for each cloud provider.

    The forecasted costs are displayed only when the year that you are currently viewing is not over yet or when the year is in the future. If the currently selected month is from an earlier year, this chart displays measured costs and not projected or forecasted costs.

    Key characteristics of the chart are as follows: 

    • The center of the chart displays the total yearly cost of all providers along with the cost trend. 
    • Each slice of the pie chart has a unique color and is associated with a specific cloud provider.
    • The projected or forecasted cost is displayed in a separate slice in a lighter shade of the provider's color.
    • On hovering your mouse over a slice of the chart, you can view details of the specific provider such as cost (in percentage and currency) of the total cost. 
    • On clicking a provider name in the legend, you can choose to remove the cost details for that provider.

     

    The following screenshot shows sample cost data for year 2017 for the cloud service providers: AWS and On-premises. As per the indicated cost trend, there is a 35% increase in the total yearly cost with AWS cost being highest of the total cost.



    Monthly Costs chart: Enables you to compare the monthly cost per provider and analyze the cost trend over a year, with 12 months of historical data, currently selected month, and 6 months of forecasted data. 

    The bar for the current month displays both historical and forecasted data, depending on the current date of the month. For each bar that shows the forecasted costs, there are two lines (upper and lower bounds) on either side of the top of your bar. These lines indicate the probability that your bill or cost will fall in the range between these bounds. 

    Key characteristics of the chart are as follows:

    • The chart displays a bar for each month. Every bar is divided into color-coded sections for each cloud provider.
    • The projected or forecasted costs are displayed in a lighter shade of the provider's color.
    • The months displayed in the chart depend on your currently selected month in the global Monthly filter.
    • On hovering your mouse over a section of a bar, you can view the details for the selected provider.
    • On clicking a provider name in the legend, you can choose to remove the cost details for that provider.

    Info: Monthly bars with historical data are displayed only if the data is available in the system.


  3. To view cost for a specific provider only or for a specific month, use the global filters or chart-specific filters:

     Using filters on the page

    1. Global filters:

       

      1. Cloud Provider quick filter: Click a cloud provider button to show or hide the provider's data on the page.

      2. Monthly filter: Click the monthly filter to select a specific month for which you want to view the data.

      infoInfo: By default, the page displays data for the current month and for all available cloud providers. The options that you select in the global filters (Cloud Provider quick filter, Monthly filter) apply to all the page elements (table and charts).

    2. Chart filter: Click the provider name in the legend of a chart to hide or display its cost data.

Where to go from here

Analyzing costs by cloud service

 

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