- 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
- AWS X1 instance types are now supported in the Pricing Service
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 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 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.
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.
- RightScale Cloud Pricing Service now Generally Available We introduced the RightScale Cloud Pricing Service towards the end of 2015. We have now added AWS spot pricing into the pricing service, and are making the RightScale Cloud Pricing Service Generally Available to all RightScale users. API docs for RightScale Cloud Pricing Service
- 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.
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.
- New parameter for cloud bill export - the
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.
- Private clouds in Scenario Builder - You can now create scenarios based on your registered private clouds in addition to public clouds.
- A timezone bug has been fixed and we've updated the API docs to describe how timezones are handled in CA: http://reference.rightscale.com/cloud_analytics/analytics_api/index.html
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.
- 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.
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 Instancefrom the instance combination table:
- 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.
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.
- Under certain circumstances, duplicate reports were being sent out to some users. This defect has been addressed in this release.
- 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.
- There was a broken link on the Connect to a Cloud page in Cloud Analytics. This has now been fixed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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