11.3.01 enhancements

TrueSight Cloud Cost Control 11.3.01 offers the following key features and enhancements:

Cost optimization

Optimization recommendations for virtual machines

You can now easily view and analyze the idle and overallocated virtual machines in your multi-cloud environment. You can use out-of-the-box recommendations to optimally utilize the environment and reduce your costs. These recommendations provide you with specific details about the virtual machine and storage volume that need attention and the estimated cost savings (in $) that you can achieve by implementing the recommendations. For more information, see Analyzing the idle VMs in your multi-cloud infrastructure and Analyzing the overallocated VMs in your multi-cloud infrastructure.

You can configure the resizing recommendations for overallocated VMs to be based on a conservative, balanced, or aggressive approach. For more information, see Configuring migration simulation and recommendation settings.

Purchase recommendations for reserved instances

You can now reduce your on-demand costs by purchasing AWS reserved instances based on out-of-the-box recommendations. These recommendations are generated after analyzing the currently running on-demand instances across all your AWS accounts. The recommended actions provide specific details about the instances to be reserved, such as the region, instance type, and operating system, and the estimated cost savings (in $) that you can achieve.

For more information, see Analyzing recommendations for purchasing AWS reserved instances.

Visibility into your active AWS reserved instance usage

You can now access summarized and detailed views of all the active reserved instances, whether shared or dedicated, in your infrastructure across all the accounts. You can easily perform an in-depth analysis of the cost and usage details of a specific reserved instance.

For more information, see Analyzing cost savings and usage of your AWS reserved instances.

Cost pools – Ability to group resources

As a cloud administrator, you can now create groups of resources called cost pools. The resources in a cost pool can be associated with a specific user, cost center, or department in your organization. You can also assign a budget, and restrict user access to a cost pool. For more information about adding a cost pool, see Adding and managing a cost pool.

As a user, you can easily monitor and analyze the cost, usage, and budget of resources assigned to a cost pool. For more information, see Analyzing costs by cost pool.

Proactive cloud budgeting

Budget allocation to a business service and a cost pool

You can now define budgets for your business services and cost pools based on a budget cycle. For example, quarterly or half-yearly cycle. For more information, see Setting a budget.

Cloud cost analysis against budgets

With the new budgeting feature, you can proactively analyze the cloud costs of your business services and cost pools against the defined budgets for a budget cycle. You can easily identify business services and cost pools with overallocated or underutilized budgets. You can gain visibility into the total spent budget and the estimated projected costs against the budgets. For more information, see Analyzing cloud costs against budgets.

You can also identify the potential savings for the business services and cost pools. For more information, see Analyzing costs by business service and Analyzing costs by cost pool.

Notifications for budget overage

You can now receive automatic notifications via emails about the performance of your business services and cost pools against the budgets. You can easily identify the overspending business services and cost pools and prepare for future budget overage. For more information, see Customizing the budget notification settings.

Sample email content

Enhanced cloud migration simulation

Support for utilization-based simulation and benchmarking

The simulation process now measures and analyzes the historical resource utilization of the virtual machines to be migrated, and suggests the best or ideal-sized virtual machines on public clouds. You can use granular metrics to compute the utilization of the resources. 

The relative power of different architectures is evaluated using benchmarks. This evaluation ensures that there is no performance degradation after migrating to the suggested virtual machine.

For more information, see Strategies for cloud migration simulation.

Support for Google Cloud as a target cloud provider

You can now simulate the migration of your virtual machines to Google Cloud.

Ability to customize public cloud pricing catalogs

You can now specify a discount or an additional cost such as personnel expenses, to be applied to the cost of resources that are provisioned in the public cloud. For more information, see Configuring migration simulation and recommendation settings.

Ability to customize the simulation behavior

You can configure properties that impact the migration simulation behavior, such as including ephemeral storage of the target server or virtual machine (VM) in the recommended amount of storage to be purchased, including burstable instances as target VMs, and so on. For more information, see Configuring migration simulation and recommendation settings.

Visibility into your Google Cloud infrastructure costs

You can now analyze and forecast the infrastructure needs of your Google Cloud environment. The summarized and detailed views of the cost comparison between public cloud providers and on-premises infrastructure now include Google Cloud. For more information, see Analyzing and forecasting multi-cloud costs.

The infrastructure, billing, and usage data is collected by two new ETL modules. For more information, see Google Cloud Platform - GCP API Extractor and Google Cloud Platform - Billing and Usage Extractor.

Integrated on-premises cost estimator

The enhanced user interface of the Settings page now enables you to provide costs for your on-premises physical systems, which includes costs for electricity, personnel, and other costs for estimating your total monthly on-premises costs. Therefore, the Cost Estimator spreadsheet, which was earlier provided as a downloadable attachment in the product documentation, is discontinued.

For more information, see Defining and managing on-premises costs.

New user role – Cloud Consumer

As an administrator, you can use the new role, Cloud Consumer, to provide users acess to resources that belong to specific services, accounts, or users. The users can perform detailed analysis on the resource costs, analyze cost optimization opportunities, and simulate the migration of the resources to the public cloud.

For example, R&D division managers can be given access to only those resources that are allocated to their respective divisions.

For more information, see Authorizing users to access TrueSight Cloud Cost Control.

Cloud catalog updates

You can now get proactive notifications about the latest updates to the public cloud provider catalogs. You can then easily update the catalog versions to ensure that TrueSight Cloud Cost Control uses the most up-to-date pricing, services, or instances information for cost computation. For more information, see Updating pricing catalogs of public cloud providers.

Enhanced installation documentation

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