Changes in Behavior
- Billing Centers now supports multiple bills from the same provider, allowing you to create billing centers that span cloud bills
You can now create a billing center in the rule creation modal making for a much quicker workflow when adding multiple new rules for billing centers
Introducing Billing Centers - showback costs across clouds using tags: Allocating cloud service usage costs to the right teams has always been difficult, especially when using many different cloud providers. Billing Centers in RightScale make this a simple task, allowing you to specify which tags and/or accounts should be allocated to which Billing Center(s). From there, you can create automated reports and alerts on the costs for each billing center and grant access to your users to view the data so they can track their usage throughout the month. This feature is available to all customers and requires the
billing_center_admin role to create/edit billing centers, and the
billing_center_viewer role to see billing centers and create reports from them. Get started with billing centers.
Introducing new Cloud Analytics Role: You can now grant users access to only Cloud Analytics using the new
ca_user role from Governance and Cloud Management Invite flow. The existing
billing role has been removed and existing user privileges have been migrated, to this new role, so that no behavior is affected. The Billing Admin-only account setting, in Cloud Management, will no longer work and will be removed very soon.
Updated Invite Flow
Added more information to the card view of Billing Centers, showing a breakdown by category of the Billing Centers costs for the current month.
It's now easier to identify Billing Center-related reports and alerts with a new Billing Center badge
We are happy to announce Billing Centers in Early Access. This capability allows you to allocate bill costs and report on the allocations. During early access, this feature is accessible only to users with the
enterprise_manager role, though they may create reports that cc others. See below for a current view of the Billing Centers home page and an individual Billing Center drilldown. Read more about Billing Centers here
New extended menu: We have extended the menu options in Cloud Analytics so that you can easily access the Full Instance details, the Reserved Instance details and the Utilization report:
Chartable modules: If you see a sudden drop or an increase in your cloud costs, you can now really easily find out exactly what caused it. Users are now able to 'flip' each Analyze page module (accounts, deployments, instance types, On-demand vs RI vs spot etc), and see exactly what caused the drop/increase.
The modules use the same date range that you have selected on the Analyze page, as well as the same granularity selected in the top chart. This makes it very easy to see what caused specific increases and drops. In order to change the module's data from Costs to Instance Count, use that module's sorting order:
Submit support tickets from Cloud Analytics: We have integrated Cloud Analytics and our support system. A user can submit a support ticket directly from the product. In order to see this, click on your user's name on the top right hand corner of the page, and select 'Contact Support'.
Plugin Costs API - Traditionally, RightScale has been focused on IaaS, however over the last few years we have been helping users manage their resources running in any environment. We do this by using Plugins. We are expanding RightScale Cloud Analytics so that you can have visibility into all your costs regardless of which environment they run in. Here are some use cases you can now achieve using this new feature:
You can use the Cloud Analytics API to push these costs in, and use the API or the UI to read these. You can then create budget alerts and scheduled reports to include these costs. Please see the Cloud Analytics PluginCosts API for more information.
Combined Costs API - To simplify accessing PluginCosts, CloudBills, and Instances at once, we have created a new Combined Costs API. This handles falling back to Instances data when no CloudBills are available, and is used on the Cloud Analytics dashboard, and in scheduled reports and budget alerts.
For more information, see the Combined Costs API documentation.
New link to Cloud Comparison - From Scenario Builder inside of Cloud Analytics, there is now a link directly to the new Cloud Comparison tool from RightScale. You can use this tool to help decide which clouds to use based on various requirements, including security certifications, available instance types, supported applications, and more.
The following attributes were removed from the Pricing Service:
max_allowed_up_to_date_atwere removed from the Markups resource
optionwas removed from the UsageCharge resource
Full Cost Reporting & Alerting - Users can now create Scheduled Reports and Budget Alerts across their full cloud bills for AWS, Google, and Azure. Previously this was only available on instance costs.
This is how your report will look:
Share Links warn when sharing across timezones - when you share an Analyze page to a user in a different timezone, they will now get a warning that they will see a slightly different dataset than you.
Scheduled Reports Redesigned to help you find out your spend quickly at a glance.
The Dashboard now persists which cloud providers you have expanded and collapsed.
The Dashboard should now be much more accessible to disabled users.
CloudBills#exportcall has a new parameter,
fall_back_to_instances. When this is true, compute data for cloud vendors without cloud bill data will be filled from the Instances data source.
Full Cost Forecast - See how much you are likely to spend overall across all your clouds on the Dashboard. This is based on interpolating your current spend rate to the end of the month.
Full Microsoft Azure Bill Visibility - If you have an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft, you can now connect this to RightScale and gain full visibility into your IaaS and PaaS costs in Cloud Analytics. For a step-by-step walkthrough on how to connect, please read our connection guide here.
RightScale Cloud Pricing Service - We have released a new service which enables users to make API calls to get the price of the latest published prices from multiple clouds providers (currently from AWS, Azure, Google, SoftLayer, Rackspace). This enables you to integrate costs into your processes. Please refer to the API docs here: http://reference.rightscale.com/cloud_analytics/pricing_api
Full Google Bill Visibility - If you are using Google Compute Engine, you can now connect it to RightScale and gain full visibility into your IaaS costs. For a step-by-step walkthrough on how to connect, please read our connection guide here.
AWS RI What-if Analysis - Scenario Builder helps you forecast costs out into the future with different growth patterns, different resources, and clouds. Now you can also forecast costs and see Reserved Instance breakeven points. Simply create a scenario and click on
+ Reserved Instance from the instance combination table:
Showback Reporting - You can now tag your accounts using RightScale tags with meta information about ownership of the account, such as business unit, groups, departments, or any information relevant to your enterprise. Once you export your full costs from the Cloud Analytics dashboard, you will see these tags along with costs, giving you a full cost showback report.
AWS Cloud Connection Check - In order for Cloud Analytics to show you all your cloud costs, you need to have CloudWatch enabled and your IAM must give enough permissions. We now check to make sure you connection is working, and if not, provide a message on how to connect successfully.
Note: Archived Release Notes are Available Here