Changes in Behavior

  • Billing Centers now supports multiple bills from the same provider, allowing you to create billing centers that span cloud bills

New Features

  • Allocation rules for billing centers can now be dragged-and-dropped to reorder them, making it easier to customize the rules for your specific use case.
  • 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

    billing-center-add-rule.png

New Features

  • 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 enterprise_manager or 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.

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New Features

  • 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

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    Governance

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New Features

New Features

  • Added more information to the card view of Billing Centers, showing a breakdown by category of the Billing Centers costs for the current month.

    billing-centers-card-details

  • It's now easier to identify Billing Center-related reports and alerts with a new Billing Center badge

    billing-centers-badge

New Features

  • 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

    billing_centers_home

    ca_billing_center_dashboard

New Features

  • Google committed use discounts are now supported in the Dashboard and Instance Analyzer view. Your discounts will be applied using the same formula that is used by GCE.

New Features

New Features

  • AWS P2 instance types are now supported throughout the Cloud Analytics product
  • Support for AWS Ohio (us-east-2) region
  • Support for AWS Seoul (ap-northeast-2) region

Changes in Behavior

  • Added information about how costs are estimated on the Analyze page
  • Deprecated the Users page in Cloud Analytics. User permissions can be managed in Cloud Management

Changes in Behavior

  • Bugfix when editing budget alerts
  • Bugfix for RI Utilization reports
  • Bugfix when setting the max value of the sliders in Scenario Builder

New Features

Changes in Behavior

  • Google Cloud’s CoreOS and Debian premium OS license costs are now included when performing blending cost calculations for instances (i.e. on the Analyze page).
  • A bug in the sorting of tables that do not persist the sort order has been fixed.

New Features

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:

New extended menu in CA

New Features

  • 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:

    Chartable Modules on Analyze Page

  • 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'.

    Support modal

New Features

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 see your bills from cloud providers which RightScale does not have native support for, such as Oracle cloud. You can plugin these costs into Cloud Analytics and see these costs in the same pane of glass.
  • You can plugin costs from other SaaS vendors, PaaS vendors etc into Cloud Analytics.
  • You can plugin private cloud costs, other than the hourly compute costs which we track natively. As an example, if you would like to track storage costs on your private cloud, these costs can be plugged into Cloud Analytics.

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.

PluginCosts Screenshot in CA Dashboard

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 Features

New Features

  • Introducing a new collapsable sidebar - The top menu bar has been changed to span across the screen but can still be collapsed to maximize the real estate of the CA content on your screen. When collapsed, small icons are available for you to navigate within the product.
  • 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.

    Minimized sidebar will now retain its navigational functionality

  • The following attributes were removed from the Pricing Service:

    • order and max_allowed_up_to_date_at were removed from the Markups resource
    • option was removed from the UsageCharge resource

New Features

  • 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:

    Full Cost Report

  • 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.

Improvements

  • Scheduled Reports Redesigned to help you find out your spend quickly at a glance.

    Scheduled Reports Redesign

  • The Dashboard now persists which cloud providers you have expanded and collapsed.

  • The Dashboard should now be much more accessible to disabled users.

New Features

  • New parameter for cloud bill export - the CloudBills#export call 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.

New Features

  • Private clouds in Scenario Builder - You can now create scenarios based on your registered private clouds in addition to public clouds.

Bug fixes

New Features

  • 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.

    New Forecast

Bug Fixes

  • Microsoft Azure Bills - There was a bug where the Azure full bills where not coming through correctly to Cloud Analytics. This issue has now been addressed.

New Features

  • 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:

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New Features

  • Markups - You can now apply your Azure Enterprise Agreements, or apply internal charges for showback or chargeback onto costs. You can do this by adding or removing markups. This is done by going to the Cloud Analytics accounts page, selecting the RightScale account and the cloud account you would like to apply the markup to. Then, add or remove a markup from the right hand side as shown below.

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New Features

  • 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.

Bug fixes

  • Under certain circumstances, duplicate reports were being sent out to some users. This defect has been addressed in this release.

New Features

  • New Scenario Builder Patterns - Apply patterns that can increase and decrease at different times within a single pattern. For example, you can now set one pattern that applies in January only every year. Before, this would be 3 patterns.

Bug fixes

  • There was a broken link on the Connect to a Cloud page in Cloud Analytics. This has now been fixed.

New Features

  • User defined product logo in Cloud Analytics. Users can now set their own company logo in Cloud Analytics. This works by setting a logo on the RightScale parent account. Currently this is done by contacting your account manager with an image you would like uploaded. However our next iteration is providing this service to the user, so they can set it themselves.

Bug fixes

  • Some users saw a line going up in CA analyze page on the first bar in the top bar chart before going to the right. This is now fixed.
  • There was a bug where export CSV would not load. This is now fixed.

New Features

  • Total compute hours is now shown on the Analyze page on the top chart. Click on the down-arrow next to 'RCU' and you can switch your view between RightScale Compute Units and Hours.

Bug fixes

  • All RightScale Compute Units were coming through as unmanaged. This is now fixed and users will see the split between managed and non-RightScale managed instances.
  • CSV export from the Analyze page had an issue where the spinner would not stop. This is now fixed.
  • When sharing the Analyze page via a link, the date range would be lost. This is now fixed.

New Features

  • Full costs dashboard. With this release of Cloud Analytics, we have created a new dashboard which will show you all of your AWS costs alongside instance cots for all other cloud providers. For more information, please read our blog (see All Your AWS Costs) and our full costs dashboard FAQ.

New Features

  • New data load time improved from 24-33 hours to 2-3 hours. When you create a new deployment in RightScale, or launch a cloud application using self service, or launch anything directly on the cloud, it use to take 24 hours to 33 hour for data to come through. Our new data processing engine reduces this time to 2 to 3 hours.

Note: Archived Release Notes are Available Here