Analyzing costs by custom dimensions

Use the Explore page to analyze costs of your resources by custom dimensions such as resource type, region, cloud service, and so on. If you have organized your resources by applying tags, you can use tags as a dimension too. You can further explore the resources by applying various filters and page-level customization. 

To access the Explore page, in the navigation pane of the TrueSight console, select  > Cloud Cost Control  and select the Explore  tab. 

The page displays a table with all the resources that are provisioned in your public clouds and on-premises infrastructure. By default, the costs for the current month are displayed. 

You can use the page to achieve different use cases. Some of the common use cases are as follows: 

  • Determine the total cost of all resources
  • Identify and analyze resources with high costs 
  • Determine the cost of a cloud service that is using instances of a specific instance type
  • Identify all resources that belong to a specific region or used for a purpose
  • Analyze and investigate the cost of a specific server
  • Identify resources with under-utilized or over-provisioned CPU, memory, and storage

Information

The customization on the page is available only in your current active session. You will lose the customization if the session expires or when you log off. If you want to use the data on the customized page later as reference, you can export it to Excel and PDF.

For more information, see the following sections:

Reference information


 Definitions (Server, Resource)

Server: A specific type of compute resource. A virtual machine that is running in the cloud or in the on-premises data center.

Resource: An entity or a service of a cloud provider or in the on-premises data center that users can work with. For example, physical servers, virtual machines, storage devices, containers.


To analyze costs by custom dimensions

  1. Access the Explore page of the Cloud Cost Control: Expand the navigation pane of TrueSight console, select  > Cloud Cost Control, and then select the Explore tab.
    The Explore page displays a table with resources and their costs and other details. By default, the costs for the current month are displayed.  

  2. Depending on your use case, explore and use the options on the page to customize the table content. For advanced use cases, you need to use a combination of these options.

    Customize the table

    You can modify the default name of the table and choose the columns that you want to show.

    Steps

    a. Click Edit. The Edit window opens.

    b. To modify the table name, in the Name box, type a name. 

    c. To remove a column from the table, in the Displayed columns section, click x for the column that you want to remove.

    d. To add a column to the table, in the Displayed columns section, click Select columns and in the Columns window, select the column that you want to add to the table. You can select from the list of cost fields, metrics, and tag types.

    e. If you want to revert all the changes and go back to the default settings, click Reset defaults .

    f. Click Done and then click Apply.

    Information

    - You cannot hide the Resource column.

    - Minimum two columns must be displayed.

    Example

    View AWS resources and their instance types in the table and name the table as AWS resource summary .

     

    Apply quick filters

    Values of some columns are clickable and enable you to filter the table content on that value and are called quick filters.

    Steps

    a.   Move your mouse over the column value that you want to filter the table data on.

    b. If you see the Filter icon next to the value, click the value. Else, the column value cannot be used as a quick filter. The table displays the data based on the applied filter.


    Example 

    Determine the cost of a cloud service (On-premises VMware virtual machines) that is using instances of a specific instance type (medium).

     

    View summarized data

    The boxes on top of the table that display the total values of a metric are called Summary fields.   

    Steps

    a. Click  Edit. 

    b. To remove a summary field, in the Summary fields section, click x for the field that you want to remove.

    c. To add a summary field, in the Summary fields section, click Select field and select the field that you want to add to the table.

    Information

    Only the following summary fields are available:

    • Total Cost
    • Total Number of Instances
    • Total Normalized Compute Hours
    • Total Available Disk Space
    • Total CPU Cores
    • Total Memory
    • Total Used Disk Space

    d. If you want to revert all the changes and go back to the default settings, click Reset defaults .

    e. Click Done and then c lick  Apply .

    Depending on the current data in the table, the total value of the summary field is computed and displayed. If a filter is applied to the table content, then the filtered out data is not considered in the computation of the summary field.


    Example

    View the total normalized compute hours and costs of your AWS EC2 service.

    Apply advanced filtering

    Filter the table based on specific cost fields, metrics, and tag types.

    Steps

    a.   Click Filter.
    The Filter window displays the different options that you can filter on, which are categorized under Cost fields, Metrics, and Tag types. The tag types and their values that you apply to your resources are displayed under the tag types category. All these categories are available under the All category, which is displayed by default.

    b. From the list, select a category item.

    Tip

    If you know the item that you want to filter on, search for the specific item in the Search box and then, select it.

    The page refreshes and displays the values associated with the category item.

    c. Select one or more values of the selected category item.

    d. Click Done and click Apply.

    The selected category item and values are applied as conditions for filtering the table content.

    Example

    Determine the cost of all the resources that are used by the IT department.

    a. In the Explore page, click Filter.

    b. In the Filter page, select the Department tag type and select IT to apply the condition: Department = IT


    c. Click Done and then, Apply.

    The table displays the resources that are used by the IT department. The Total Cost summary field displays the cost of these resources.

  3. To save an offline copy of the customized page:

    • Select Settings  >  Export to PDF

    • Select Settings  > Export to Excel

Common use cases

Determine the total cost of all resources.

Review the value under Total Cost summary field.

Determine the cost of all on-premises resources that belong to a specific purpose (Automation).

Determine the cost of under-utilized on-premises compute resources. 


 

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