Cost Reports Overview

Introduction

The Cost Reports page lists reports that help you analyze the data at a granular level. Cost is displayed in the currency and conversion rate as defined in Suite Admin (see Currency). Cost Optimizer classifies the data and displays them under the headings available in a dropdown menu in the Cost Reports page. Click Cost in the left tree pane to open the Cost Reports UI.

Cost Reports UI

The Cost Reports display graphical and textual views for cost data. You can view consolidated data for all clouds or billing units you can access or specify filter criteria to view specific data that you need. The following table explains the icons specific to Cost Reports UI. Some of these icons might be displayed for some reports only. See UI Behavior for details on icons in the UI.

IconDescription

Filter

Allows you to filter and view cost data for one or more of the following:

  • Billing units

  • Cloud families

  • Cloud groups

  • Regions

  • Invoice category

  • Invoice tags

Download

Downloads the report in a .csv format.

Date Range

Choose a range to display the report.

Charts

Toggles graphical report display between a bar chart and a pie chart.

Schedule

Allows you to send the report via email to recipients on the fixed date.

Cost Reports displays the following:

  • Total cost – Graphical view of costs

  • Cost per cloud – Expandable textual view of costs

Filter 

Use Filter for an in-depth analysis by further granularizing the data to understand accurate cost consumption. The Filter panel allows you to filter reports based on a set of options, thereby allowing you to drill down to the exact details that you require. 

The values for billing units, cost groups, and cost group types are autopopulated from the Cost Groups configuration and from the cloud configuration for cloud families, cloud groups, cloud regions, and Inventory for invoice categories, cloud categories, and subcategories.

The AWS Govcloud account is considered as an IAM Account on AWS master or member account. The cost for AWS Govcloud account is reported against the master or member account and the Govcloud is displayed as a region. Therefore, when a cloud is added for AWS Govcloud with a Govcloud user account, no invoice report data is populated.

Advanced Options

The advanced options in Cost Optimizer are as follows:

  • Saving Filters

  • Scheduling Reports

Saving Filters

You can choose to save a combination of options in the Filter menu for future use through the Save Filters feature so that you can quickly access and use the filter at a later time. To save a filter, do the following: 

  1. Choose the required filter options in the Filter Panel pane.

  2. The Save button appears. The Save New Filter dialog appears.

  3. Specify a name for this filter and click Save. A status message appears indicating that the filter has been saved.

  4. You can access and view the saved filters from the dropdown list.

You can also perform the following additional tasks in the Filter menu:

  • Mark the filter as a favorite by clicking the pin icon next to the filter name.

  • Remove the chosen filters by choosing the Reset button at any point when saving the filter.

  • Delete the saved filter by clicking the Trash icon next to a saved filter name. Click OK in the Delete Saved Filter dialog to confirm the deletion.

Scheduling Reports

The Scheduler icon allows you to schedule report generation periodically on a fixed date or at intervals. To create a schedule, do the following:

  1. Click the Scheduler icon. The Schedule New Report Name dialog appears.

  2. Do the following:

    1. Enter a name for the schedule.

    2. Choose filtering options for the schedule from the Filtered By field. The information in this field is populated when you save the filtering options as described in the Advanced Filtering Options section. You can choose to select a filter or leave the field empty.

    3. Choose the date range.

    4. Select the recipients the report must be sent to.

    5. Specify the start date.

    6. Toggle on the Recurrence button to send the report at intervals.

    7. In the Repeats Every area, specify the number of times the report must be sent to the recipients and choose the interval – Daily or Weekly. if you choose Weekly, you can also specify the days of the week when the report is sent.

    8. Select the period to end the schedule. The options are:

      1. NeverSend report forever or until the schedule is deleted.

      2. On – Date when the report should be sent.

      3. After – Number of occurrences after which the report is not scheduled.

  3. Click Save. The report is displayed in the Scheduled Report Name dialog as shown in the sample screenshot below.

    Optionally, you can use the Edit option in the Actions column to make changes to the schedule. You can also delete the report using the Delete option.

    Click Done to close the dialog.

The following screenshot displays a sample email format of the report.

Cost Reports

The following cost reports are available in Cost Optimizer.


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