Introducing the new Cloudability Dashboard
If the registration numbers for each year’s AWS re:Invent conference have taught us anything, it’s that the cloud just won’t stop growing. More and more companies are growing their cloud use in new and sophisticated ways—and the tools with which they manage the process need to scale in sophistication and power alongside them.
That’s why today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve rebuilt our Dashboard from the ground up to enable hyper-customizable insight into the details of your AWS spending—all intuitively contextualized within your company’s overall cost and usage patterns.
Multiple Custom Dashboards
Create multiple Dashboards within a single account to serve as windows into different cost and usage narratives as you go about your day:
Build one Dashboard to track your Reserved Instance details, including how much of your daily spend is covered by reservations; build a separate Dashboard to keep an eye on your cloud operations, including the daily elasticity of your infrastructure; finally, build a Dashboard to track cost allocation and chargeback for Finance.
Getting started is easy. Create a new Dashboard using the (+) button at the top of each Dashboard page:
New Widget Editor
Build and customize your Dashboard with our brand new Widget Editor. Now it’s easy to choose the right widget for the job, and give each widget type a unique set of customization options for choosing how your data is displayed:
You can also add multi-layer charts and multi-dimensional tables to your Dashboard, and easily pinpoint the specific dataset you want with improved filters and limits. Play around with customizable legends, customizable scales, and more to get the look and feel of your charts just right:
Updated Top Navigation
We’ve reorganized the top navbar links to better represent our features, and updated the names of the two Report sections we offer under Analytics:
Reports powered by vendor APIs like Cloudwatch are now accessible under “Utilization Analytics” (formerly “EC2 Usage Analytics”).”Cost and Usage Analytics” includes cost and usage data derived from the vendor billing systems (e.g. Amazon’s DBR).
Updated Metric Names
Understanding the charges in your Amazon bill can be challenging in the context of blended and unblended cost. With this update, we’re implementing several changes to make it easier to understand actual costs in consolidated bills that have reserved instance hours.
First, all Dashboards, Reports, and the Daily Email are now based on Unblended cost as the default cost metric. Second, we’ve updated the names of several of our metrics to make it clearer which metric to use when building custom Dashboards and Reports.
|Previous Metric Label||New Metric Label||Description|
|Total Invoiced Cost||Cost (Total Blended)||The total charges for the reporting period (calculated as a sum of blended cost).|
|Unblended Cost||Cost (Total)||Total cost calculated by the unblended rate.|
|Cost Before Taxes||Cost (Total Blended Before Taxes)||The month-to-date charges, before any applicable taxes.|
|Blended Rate||Rate (Blended)||For Consolidated Billing accounts, the effective rate for the line item, calculated as an average of the cost of identical Amazon EC2 instances operating in that hour in the same Availability Zone.|
|Unblended Rate||Rate (Unblended)||The cost per hour for a line item. This is summarized across the hours of a day.|
Additionally, we have updated one metric in Utilization Analytics to reflect more clearly the data it measures. “Running Instances” is now “Unique Instance Count,” to capture more accurately that the metric measures the number of unique instances during the reporting period.
New Utilization Reports
We’ve added new Cost and Utilization Reports that enable you to quickly drill into very specific data. Our new Utilization Reports break down utilization trends by hour, identify legacy instances that could be upgraded, and enhances our underutilized reports to identify instances that have been running for a minimum number of hours. Our new cost reports help you understand Reserved Instance charges including upfront fees, heavy vs. partial usage, and reservation hours that went unused during the month.
In conjunction with this release, we will also open a Beta Program at the AWS re:Invent conference, to share with customers interested in seeing what’s coming next for our new Dashboard. The Beta Program will include:
Our Customer Success team has developed a series of Dashboards that have helped customers keep an eye on cost and utilization metrics, cost allocation across business units, infrastructure efficiency, reservation coverage, and more. We’ll be adding them as pre-loaded Dashboards to user accounts through the Beta Program.
After you’ve built a new Dashboard (or customized one of the Sample Dashboards above), this feature will let you build and share use-case specific Dashboards for your team, your boss, etc. You’ll also be able to choose between Editable or View-only permissions for your shared Dashboard.
In the weeks following re:Invent, these features will be rolled out to all users. If you’re interested in accessing these Beta features in advance of that time, please reach out to your Account Manager or our Support team—you can also swing by booth #412 any day of the re:Invent conference to see these features in action.
Are you ready to explore your new cloud spending battle station? Multiple Custom Dashboards, the new Widget Editor, the updated Top NavBar and metric names, and the new Utilization Reports are all available now—simply log in to get started!
Don’t have an account yet? Join us in the future of cloud cost management and sign up for a free 14-day trial of Cloudability today.
Want to see what’s coming next? Contact Cloudability Support or visit us at booth #412 any day of the re:Invent conference to see our Beta features in action.