With thousands of cloud resources being consumed, how can you make sense of where your cloud spend goes? Sure, you can export your billing data and have a spreadsheet with millions of rows and pivot tables that are impossible to digest. But we have a better way: True CostTM Explorer.
True CostTM Explorer provides an intuitive way to discover your cloud spend visually by any set of dimensions that make sense to you, even if you know nothing about cloud services.
For example, below you can see a cost allocation breakdown by business unit on the left. In the middle each business unit spend is broken down by environment: how much you are spending for development, production, sandbox, etc. To the right you see the spend by service type (computing, storage, databases, etc.). All these allocation dimensions are fully user defined and arranged.
In the next example, we start with a cost breakdown by vendor on the far left (AWS and Azure), those costs are mapped to a specific service (compute, storage, database, networking, etc.), then usage family (compute hours, instance usage, storage units, etc.), and finally lease type (On-Demand, Reserved, Spot).
Now let’s say that we are curious about a spike in data transfer costs and we want to know what is driving it. We simply apply a Data Transfer filter to the Usage Family Dimension and voila: we see that AWS EC2 and Azure Networking are the primary drivers for data transfer spend!
To learn more, we could add region and operation. Now we find out that:
- Data Transfer costs are primarily driven by AWS EC2 and Azure Networking, with a long-tail of ten other services contributing minor amounts
- Over 80 percent of Data Transfer costs are related to moving data between AWS Availability Zones in US-East-1
- Azure Data Transfer accrues primarily in the NorthCentralUS and WestEurope regions
From here we could also drill down to detailed data for the most expensive individual resources.