Azure Costs: Revised Notification Services

We’re very excited today, to announce the release of our revised notification service for azure costs. This new version gives you advanced options to configure daily reports and alerts more granularly.

User Based Notification Settings:
Many Team Administrator would like to give their team mates and co-workers the freedom to configure their daily spending report. The new User Based Notification Settings allow administrators and team members to define personal notification settings independently.

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Administrators are now able to recommend corporate standards which can be used or extended from the team members.

Policy Based Alerts:
There are several conditions which trigger an alert. The new policy based alert service allows to define required business rules in azure costs to trigger spending alerts at the right time in the right context.

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How to get started?
The User Based Notification Settings feature can be used right now as part of every paid plan. Policy Based Alerts are part of every professional plan or higher. Try the new features today by simply logging into your azure costs portal.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

 

A more powerful azure costs portal

After several months of constant improvements in the new azure costs spending portal it now becomes the standard user interface for all of your spendings.

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The new portal offers a lot of new features and improvements to make your day by day work much easier. In this article we would like to highlight only the most important ones, to make your start with the new azure costs spending dashboard as easy and fast as possible:

Overall Spendings
The new overall spendings widget allows you to stay informed instantly. The widget always contains all spendings accumulated over the last 12 months.

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Daily Burn Rate
An important indicator especially in cost optimization projects but also when you observe your costs on a regular basis is the daily burn rate. It’s easy to oversee what the short and mid term trend is.

Responsible Persons for Subscriptions
With this new functionality you are able to assign responsible persons to one or more subscriptions. This helps team administrators to oversee who is the single point of contact (SPOC) in case of unusual spendings.

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Switch Team – Multi Team Support
For service providers and administrators who would like to oversee the spendings of several teams, the Multi Team support makes it super easy to handle spendings over different organisations in a single portal.

Smart Compare
Smart Compare allows you to conveniently compare monthly cloud costs with the costs of any previous month. azure costs highlights cost spikes & deflections, so that you can focus on the costs you are really interested in.

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Full Screen Mode
Every widget can be used in the full screen mode as well. This gives you enough space to work on more complex spending optimization projects without scrolling and moving around. The full screen mode is optimized for working with a huge amount of different data.

Interested in the new feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs account. The feature is part of any plan.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Integrate your applications, welcome oAuth2

The Azure Costs team is happy to announce a simplified way to integrate your applications in Azure Costs. Here is how to integrate an application in Azure Costs, that you are developing . This might for example be your BI dashboard or some other enterprise application integration platform that consumes data Azure Costs provides.

Step 1: Create an application principal

Every application which shall be integrated in Azure Costs needs to be registered as a so called application principal within a team account. The technical reason for this is that the authorisation relies on the oauth2 client credentials flow.

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The application principal can be used in the same way as an interactive user. This means it’s possible to assign specific permissions to the application principal. All features of the access rights and permissions system can be used out of the box for application principals as well.

There are no limitations, every enterprise subscription allows to create as many application principals as required. In case of exposing the client secret by accident please remove or reset the application registration to prevent unauthorized access to your spending data.

Step 2: Get an access token with the client credentials grant flow

Based on the client credentials grant flows it’s possible to get the access token which needs to be used to communicate with the Azure Costs API following the “Bearer” schema in the authorisation header. The Token can be issued with the following call:

curl -X POST -d “client_id=<<clientId>>&client_secret=<<clientSecret>>&grant_type=client_credentials” https://azure-costs.com/sts/issue/oauth/token

The generated access token is valid for 60 minutes and needs to be renewed after that time with the same request.

Step 3: Consume our APIs

The Azure Costs API is available via https://api.azure-costs.com and follows the REST paradigm. If you need more information please contact us, we will support you with your project.

Interested in the new feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs account. The feature is part of any Enterprise plan in our dashboards.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Assign responsible persons to subscriptions

We feel very lucky to have  engaged users who tell us about their cloud data management challenges and the functionality that they’d like to see added to azure costs. And we listen.

We’re continually deploying additional features that our users have been asking for to azure costs and here’s a great new functionality.

Assign responsible persons to subscriptions:
With the new functionality our users are able to assign responsible persons to one or more subscriptions. This helps team administrators to oversee who is the single point of contact (SPOC) in case of unusual spendings.

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This enables every team administrator to act instantly on cost spikes what keeps cloud costs under control.

Interested in the new feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs account. The feature is part of any Enterprise plan in our dashboards.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Azure Costs: Feature enhancements

Smart Compare now supports Excel/CSV export
Some weeks ago, we released the new Smart Compare feature, an effective way to compare cloud costs of various months with each other. Now the existing CSV-export functionality is able to export these important results of Smart Compare as well. This enables everyone to find and report cost spikes fast and reliable.

Disable Subscriptions
Azure Costs needs to be connected to every subscription to manage the costs of Pay-as-you-Go or Rate-Plan subscriptions. Not every administrator wants to set the required access permissions for all subscriptions existing in the associated Azure account. Now Azure Costs allows, to disable not needed subscriptions as shown below:

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Team Activity Overview
Many team administrators would like to know, if the team members are taking their responsibility for specific subscriptions. Now administrators can see the Last Login information in the Manage Team overview, what gives helpful information if team members are checking cost reports on a regular basis.

How to get started?
All new features can be used right now as part of every plan. Try the new features today by simply logging into your azure costs portal.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

 

More payment options

The azure costs  team is pleased to announce the support of more payment options, which goes live today. From now on, you are able to pay with all major credit cards, e.g. Visa, MasterCard or American Express. In addition we support Paypal as a very comfortable way to pay as well.

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The payment is processed from our partner FastSpring who is one of the most reliable and successful payment providers in the world.

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You stay in control and can upgrade or terminate your subscription at any time directly in our billing portal or in your FastSpring account.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

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Thanks to your feedback, we were able to constanly improve the Azure Costs user interface in the last weeks and months. One special hint we got from you, was the fact that it sometimes can be pretty confusing, when it comes to multiple Microsoft and Azure Active Directory accounts.

As we’re continually deploying additional features that you have been asking for to azure costs and here’s a small but very useful new functionality:

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From now on, you’ll get the mail address that was used for logging into Azure Costs, whenever you move your mouse cursor over the avatar. This ensures, that you’ll never be confused anymore about different accounts or dashboards without data.

Interested in the feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs service and move the mouse cursor over your avatar. The feature is part of plan it doesn’t matter if you are using the Basic, Professional or Enterprise plan.

New Export-Functionality

We feel very fortunate to have  engaged users who tell us about their cloud data management challenges and the functionality that they’d like to see added to azure costs. And we listen.

We’re continually deploying additional features that our users have been asking for to azure costs and here’s a great new functionality.

Export-Feature:
With the new export functionality our users are able to export their spending data to a CSV format.

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In addition, they can control the export to show more or less detailed data by applying the azure cost filter- and grouping functionalities.
This enables every user to export just the right granularity of information and to satisfy all stakeholders in the company.

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Interested in the new export feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs account. The feature is part of any plan, starting from the free Basic plan up to the Enterprise plan.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Website Launch Announcement: azure costs launches new site

The azure costs  team is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed Web site, which goes live today, and is located at the same address: https://azure-costs.com/.

It has been crafted to reflect what our users told us they need and it also builds upon new technology capable of addressing future needs. azure costs now enables our users to optimize and manage their Microsoft Azure Costs even more intuitively:

Improved and re-designed landing page
We know that landing pages are very important, so we have decided to totally re-design and re-organise ours. Our new landing page now displays all important information like features, purchase- and pricing information, screenshots, a contact form and log-in possibilities.

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More modern and user-friendly design
The new site design, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, is more agile, interactive, and is easier to scan, read and navigate.
It is using a responsive design, which means that you’ll see essentially the same design optimized for your smart phone, tablet and Desktop.

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We hope you will visit the new website at https://azure-costs.com/ and acquaint yourself with the new design. And while you’re there, don’t hesitate and let us know what you think by leaving a message. In the coming months, we hope to continue improving the site, so that it best serves all of your Azure cloud cost monitoring needs.

Daily Spending Reports now with extended breakdown options

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the extended breakdown options in the Daily Spending Reports.

This feature has been built to reflect what our users told us they need – more granular options in the daily spending reports in order to identify the biggest cost drivers and oversee unplanned spikes. The new feature enables users to customize the structure of their spending breakdowns within their reports:

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Besides the extended breakdown options we added additional information to the spending dashboard as well. From now on it’s easy to filter or group cloud costs by Cost Centers, Departments or Resource Groups within the azure cost monitor dashboard:

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How to get started?
The spending breakdown is part of your daily spending reports automatically. So no further actions are required to get a crisp overview about your daily spendings. The settings concerning the daily spending report can be adapted in the settings of the contract in the navigation bar.

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Interested in the extended spending breakdown options?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure cost monitor. The feature is part of any plan, starting from the free Basic plan up to the Enterprise plan.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.