nOps provides rich functionality to view, manage, and control costs for a Cloud account. The dashboards allow you to see the costs from a variety of perspectives. Calculating costs isn't always as simple as adding up resource costs for a specific region. nOp's Cost control dashboard allows you to view related costs and negations to get a clear picture of your monthly spend.

Access the Cost Dashboard as follows:

Partners: Log in to your nOps account > from Profile Menu select Manage Clients > click on the Cost Control Menu tab > Click a Client name to open the Cost Control page.
Clients: Log into your nOps account > From the User Dashboard > View the options available under Cost Control menu drop-down.

This topic contains:

List of Cost Control options
Cost Dashboard

Cost Control Dashboard / Cloud Resources Cost

Cost Functionality

List of Cost Control options

The options under the Cost Control menu are listed below. Click an option link to see more information about that page.

Option

Description

View

Cost Dashboard

Overview of cloud costs and spending

Savings information for under utilized or unused resources

Cost Control Dashboard and Cloud Resources Cost

Summary of costs by day for all your cloud accounts

Daily spend by selected region

Chargebacks Center

See chargebacks for departments

Container Cost

Granular costs for EKS

View status of instances and costs for EKS pods and services

Spot Advisor

Find EC2 instances that can be migrated to use Spot instances

View instances that can be converted to Spot Instance pricing

Tag Explorer

A label assigned to a resource, consisting of a key and an optional value, both of which you define

Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways. For example:

Tag resources used to support an app, to track costs for the app

Resource Rightsizing

Find over resourced instances

View recommendations for rightsizing

Long Term Instances Management

Find and view spending for Reserved Instances

Filters you created, recommendation types, offering classes and payment types and terms

Cost Dashboard

The Cost Dashboard summarizes the costs you incurred, in the Cloud Accounts Spend dialog. This includes Month to Date Spend and Last 30 days Spend.

The Save Money for Cloud Services section displays resources that are unused or underutilized. Click the arrow for a resource to see a complete list on the Underutilized Resources page.

The Cost Change Management dialog takes you to the Change Management tab of the Cost Control Dashboard.

In all cases use the arrow within each dialog or list item to see more details.

Click the arrow on the Cloud Accounts Spend dialog to go to the Cost Control Dashboard.

Cost Control Dashboard

This dashboard contains these tabs:

  • Cloud Accounts

  • Regions

  • Cloud Services

  • Resources

  • Usage Types

  • Operations

  • Tags

  • Change Management

Note: All of the tabs contain similar functionality except for the Operations and Change Management tabs, which are explained later in this topic.

Cost Control Dashboard Overview

The Cloud Accounts, Regions, Cloud Services, Resources, Usage Types, and Operations tabs contain functionality that displays:

  • A Spend Summary bar that details Yesterday's total spend, Last Week's Spend and Month to Date Spend.

  • An interactive History graph displaying the daily spend amounts.

  • A key under the History graph that can be clicked to exclude items, so you can focus on one or more Cloud Accounts, Regions, Cloud Services, Usage Types and Operations, or on Other Costs.

  • The Other Costs Key: A key for Other AWS Data (covering other costs for AWS cloud accounts) and Other Azure Data (covering other costs for Azure cloud accounts). Other costs are those not associated directly with a resource as explained in this example.
    Other Costs Example: You may pay a specified amount per month for one or more specific database instance-types based on size - that's your resource. You could incur additional usage costs for a resource such as costs to turn it on, to pause it, to restart it, or for data egress. These are not direct resource costs but are related to how you used that resource (usage). In addition you may incur charges for taxes or support. Lastly your usage for resources and services may accrue credits that are removed from your total costs. Your actual costs could therefore be higher or lower than adding up line items.

The Tags tab: contains a List of All Tags (Keys and Resources) associated with your cloud accounts. Click the download button for a complete list of all Key Names.
Click the Key Name or the > arrow under the Action menu to see a full list of the Key Values associated with a tag. Click the download button for a complete list of all key values associated with this Tag name.

The Change Management tab lists the changes in your account and the potential billing impact of these changes. You can view more information by clicking the down arrow to see the full list or click on the Daily, Weekly, or Monthly options to view the costs aggregated by each resource type. Change the Sort by options to view increases or decreases by cost or by percent.

Cost Functionality

Items in the left pane offer searches and options that allow you to view cost trends over time, and to understand which resources contribute to higher costs.

Download the CSV

Click the DOWNLOAD CSV icon to download all associated records. For example, if a tab such as Operations has 170 records, the default view may display only 10 records at a time. However clicking the download icon will download all records (in this example 170) to the .csv file.

Create Search Filters or Rules

Filters allows you to search for a combination of resources. Once you create a query or search you can save and reuse it to view similar data for a different date range. See How to use nOps Search for more information.

Change the Date Range

The left pane contains a Calendar tool for some tabs which allows you to specify a date range.
Why this helps: A default view may contain spend data for only the past week or the current month. If a calendar option is available, use it to specify a date range and view cost changes over time.

Options

Click on any of the options to change your view. Select one or more options from the list. If the list under an option is very long, begin entering a few letters of the option you want to find. The search will display only the entries that match your input.

  • Cloud Platform

  • Tags

  • Regions

  • Cloud Managed Services

  • Operations

  • Usage Type

Finding cost changes

Use one or a combination of the following methods to compare costs.

Example: To explore cost changes, to compare what you paid this month or last month, or to investigate a spike in costs.

  • Check Costs on the Dashboard. From the Dashboard, navigate to Cost Control. At the list check the Cloud Accounts, Cloud Services, and Operations costs. Costs flagged in red show accounts where cost are higher than in the previous month. Check for variances. You may notice (for example) that you added a number of new resources which resulted in higher costs.

  • Use the Calendar. Click on a Cloud Account name to open the Cost Control Resources tab. If the cost and usage looks normal and there are no spikes, use the Calendar to change the date range to include costs for the prior month. This may show changes in resources or in Other costs. Other costs aggregate non-resource costs such as: support costs, usage costs for pausing and restarting an instance, egress costs, or tax costs.

  • Use the Key listing to hide/show resources so you can evaluate a specific resource or a set of resources for changes in usage costs over time.

  • From the Regions tab, click on See Spend Forecast to see estimates based on your current spend.

  • Set up Notifications. From the Change Management tab click on Subscribe to be notified of cost changes. You can select a period of time, and a range for the cost comparison (by week or by month). Enter emails for people who will receive these notifications.

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