TrueSight Cloud Cost Control overview

TrueSight Cloud Cost Control is a cost management solution that enables you to analyze the current and future costs and utilization of your multi-cloud infrastructure services. It provides insight and control over your cloud costs.The following cloud providers are supported:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure
  • On-premises

You can access TrueSight Cloud Cost Control by using any supported mobile device or desktop browser. 

Business value

Organizations are adding public cloud infrastructure to their on-premises virtual and private cloud environments as part of their digital transformation. With the shift to public cloud, the operational expenses are increasing, causing a shift in the balance of IT capital and operational expenses. With buyers of public cloud services throughout the organization, it is a challenge for IT and business owners to govern cloud costs and utilization. 

With a single view of on-premises and public cloud infrastructure expenditures, TrueSight Cloud Cost Control enables you to track and analyze infrastructure costs and utilization, identify wasted spending, and forecast future costs. The ability to easily simulate migrations to the public cloud providers and compare on-premises and public cloud infrastructure costs helps you to run your applications on the most cost-efficient infrastructure.


The following table provides a list of the key features of the product:

Cloud cost visibility
  • Gain visibility into current and projected cloud infrastructure service expenditures and utilization.
  • Access summarized and detailed views of the cloud costs based on different dimensions.
  • Perform in-depth analysis of the current and projected cost estimates.
Cloud migration planning
  • Estimate cost of migrating your servers to the public cloud.
  • Compare the on-premises and public cloud service costs.
Cloud cost analytics
  • Forecast cloud costs based on infrastructure service consumption and upcoming needs.
  • Report cloud costs based on stakeholder and business needs.
  • Track wasted resources.


  • Reduce infrastructure costs with visibility into expenditures and utilization.
  • Identify and eliminate wasted infrastructure costs.
  • Control budgets with forecasts of on-premises and public cloud costs.
  • Increase resource utilization with simulated migrations and ongoing resource optimization.
  • Align cloud usage and costs with an IT business strategy.

Video introduction

The following video (9:01) provides a brief introduction of the product.

Quick tour

TrueSight Cloud Cost Control is available in the TrueSight console. 

Click the navigation buttons for a quick tour of the TrueSight Cloud Cost Control user interface.

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Review the following list of terms and concepts to understand TrueSight Cloud Cost Control:

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Business serviceAn IT service that directly supports a business process. For example, financial services, online banking services delivered by banks to its customers, or Human Resource (HR) services delivered by an HR department.
Cloud provider

 A company that offers cloud computing based services and solutions to other businesses or individuals. Cloud providers are also referred to as cloud service providers or CSPs.

Cloud service category

A logical group of cloud services that from different cloud providers. For example, Compute that includes Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2, Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set, and Physical Virtual Machines in your on-premises data center (private cloud).
InstanceA virtual machine (VM) that is hosted on the public cloud or on-premises infrastructure.
Instance typeA specification that defines the resources (CPU, memory, and storage) for an instance. For example. m1.small, m1.large.

For public cloud providers, this value is imported by the respective ETLs. For your on-premises infrastructure, here is a list of the default predefined instance types that you get out-of-the-box:

Default Instance types#CPUMemoryStorage

If none of the predefined instance types match your requirements, you can define your own instance type. For more information, see Defining and managing the on-premises costs.

Normalized compute hoursAn approximate number of hours of compute time that the instance has used. The value is based on the normalization factor of the predefined instance type m1.small.

Normalized compute hours value for an instance = (Number of instances) x (Hours of compute time) x (normalization factor of the associated instance type)

For example, consider that the normalization factor for m1.small = 1.

Normalized compute hours value for 2 hours of compute time of:

One instance of m1.small = 1 x 2 x 1 = 2

10 m1.small instances = 10 x 2 x 1 = 20

Every instance type has a normalization factor. Only compute-related services and resources can have the normalized compute hours value. For example, Cloud services such as Amazon EC2, Virtual Machines.

You can use the normalized compute hours value along with the number of instances value to estimate the cost of your public cloud or on-premises infrastructure.

The cost of each hour of computation for an instance of a bigger instance type will be more than that for an instance of a smaller instance type. For example. the same number of instances of m1.large instance type will cost you more than m1.small instance type.

For more information, see Normalized compute hours overview.

RegionA specific geographical location where the resource resides.

The public cloud providers deploy their data centers in many regions around the world. A region is a data center location where you have provisioned your cloud service.

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

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