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May feature updates: Transaction types, new RI reports & more

By Leah Weitz on May 26, 2015

From new features to improvements on existing ones, we’re always rolling out updates to our app. And while we’ve always been sure to post feature announcements whenever we roll out something big, we also want to make sure our customers don’t miss out on hearing about our other awesome updates. So, starting today, we’ll be publishing monthly blog posts that highlight what’s new in Cloudability.

Without further ado, let’s dive into what’s new this month!

Identify different types of charges with the new Transaction Types dimension

There’s more to an AWS bill than just usage costs. Support costs, monthly Reserved Instance payments, and even taxes all factor into how much you’ll have to pay at the end of the month. With the new Transaction Types dimension, you can distinguish between those costs by breaking out your spending into the following categories:

Usage charge: On-demand instance usage, storage, data transfer, etc

Recurring charge: Support fee, monthly Reserved Instance payment, etc

One time charge: Reserved Instance purchasing fee, etc

Credit: Discounts, etc

Tax: VAT, regional taxes, etc

You can add Transaction Type to a Dashboard Widget or a Cost Analytics report to see how your charges breakdown over a select time period:

Cloudability Transaction Type dimension

You can also choose to exclude certain Transaction Types from your cloud spending summary emails on the Preference page.

What else is new?

We’ve recently updated the Reserved Instance Planner with a new “No Action” tab, which is listed below the “Buy,” “Modify,” and “Underutilized” tabs  at the bottom of your recommendations. The “No Action” tab lists the reservations you own which are actively generating savings and do not need to be sold or modified.

No action needed Reserved Instance Planner tab

Our Report Subscription feature has also recently been updated to include a monthly subscription option, so that you can select a specific day of the month to get a report emailed to you.

Cloudability report subscription feature

We’ve made several other small updates over the past few weeks—you can check out the full running list on our knowledge base. You can also catch future posts like these by subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Ready to see these updates in action? Build some reports with the Transaction Types dimension, check out what’s listed under your “No Action” tab, or subscribe to a monthly delivery of one of your favorite reports by logging in or signing up for a free 14-day trial of Cloudability today.

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