Custom Widgets: Optimize your cloud spendings as personal as you are

Cloud Costs offers more and more capabilities and allows you to generate reports to cover all requirements in your organization when it comes to multi-cloud spend management and optimization.

Cloud Costs is happy to introduce a brand new feature called Custom Widgets for all kinds of dashboards, including the CSP portal. The new capability is available in all regions for all paid plans starting from the StartUp Edition. Custom Widgets allows every user to put every report or every other resource on the surface of his or her personal dashboard to get instant access to critical performance indicators.

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Getting started with the new capability can be done within 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Enable the Dashboard Edit Mode
Visit the Dashboard Edit Mode by clicking on the small pen in the upper right corner of the cloud costs dashboard.

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Step 2: Select Widget-Type and add details
Select the required widget type and enter the details. Currently, an iFrame widget and a report center-based widget are available.

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Step 3: Re-Arrange as needed
Re-Arrange the location of the different widgets that it looks as good as possible for yours. The defined dashboard layout is stored on the cloud and can be re-used on every other device automatically.

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The new custom widget feature supports the Report Center fully and allows to bring all reports from the Report Center directly on the dashboard surface

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Interested in the new feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your Cloud Costs account. The feature is part of any paid plan. Getting started with Cloud Costs is very easy, just visit our Cloud Costs portal.

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

Boost your N-Tier Business Model with Cloud Costs Reseller Management

Microsoft launched the Cloud Solution Provider Program with two different partner models. A Direct Cloud Solution Partner (CSP) deals directly with Microsoft and sells the resources from Microsoft to his customers. The direct CSP has the requirement to process all the purchases through his e-commerce portal against the Microsoft Partner Center. Creating new customers or registering new subscriptions is part of the direct CSPs role.

Compared to the direct model the Indirect Cloud Solution Provider is a company working together with a direct CSP to purchase Cloud resources. Microsoft delegated the billing process and the transparency requirement to the Direct CSP. Cloud Cost can help a lot in simplifying this process by offering a management portal for Direct CSPs, Indirect CSPs and Customers of CSPs.

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Cloud Costs is happy to announce the Reseller Management functionality. Resellers can be managed and used for all kind of contracts independent from the Microsoft CSP program, so Cloud Costs is the single solution on the market which extends the CSP business model to EA, AWS and GCP contracts as well. This new feature can also be used to delegate the management of a part of a contract to a subsidiary, daughter company or external service provider.

Just activate your first reseller by visiting the Reseller Management Portal in Cloud Costs:

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Last but not least assign multiple customers to the newly created reseller in the CSP portal:

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A simple and easy jump start into your N-Tier Business Model to become a more powerful Cloud Solution Provider.

Interested in the new feature?
Getting started with Cloud Costs for CSPs is very easy, just visit our portal for Cloud Solution providers and enroll in the CSP program as described here. To become part of the CSP support an existing trial account or an enterprise plan is required.

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

Managing multiple CSP, EA and AWS accounts made easy – Service Provider Portal

Being a successful Multi-Cloud Solution Provider means often ending up with a contract sprawl by supporting Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform in different regions for different currencies. At least Microsoft enforces cloud solution providers to sign up for one contract per currency. Consolidation and M&A activities could also become a reason for ending up with multiple CSP contracts in different currencies.

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The Cloud Costs CSP portal allows every Cloud Solution Provider to track, manage and optimize spendings including offering customer spending portals for the required transparency the majority of customers need. The new Service Provider Portal offers another visualization and an aggregated view on all CSP, EA and AWS contracts at the same time.

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The new consolidated view through all contracts allows you to align different contract currencies to the standard currency of your company. These make it easier to compare markets to each other, never miss an emerging market.

Interested in the new feature?
Getting started with Cloud Costs for CSPs is very easy, visit our portal for Cloud Solution providers and enroll in the CSP program as described here. To become part of the CSP support an existing trial account or an enterprise plan is required.

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

VARs handle Managed Services on Azure and Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform at ease

Cloud Solution Providers often deliver important and market-relevant solutions based on Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform to their customers. These solutions are often related to a consumption-based or tier-based pricing related to the consumed resources in the cloud services. Customers expect transparency and real-time information regarding cloud spending aggregated in a holistic solution including the value-added services provided by a Cloud Solution Provider.

Cloud Costs is happy to introduce the Virtual Service Meters functionality which is available in all regions right now. Virtual Service Meters allows managing the billing and pricing aspects of managed services delivered from Cloud Solution Providers.

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The powerful and easy to use JavaScript-based logic engine allows modeling any kind of managed service. Combining Virtual Service Meters and Cloud Costs powerful REST API enables every Cloud Solution Provider to prepare a robust, transparent and consistent billing chain for cloud-based services.

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Looking for more technical information? Feel free to visit our development sandbox for Virtual Service Meters with comprehensive technical documentation to integrate new meters right away.

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Interested in the new feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your Cloud Costs account as Cloud Solution Provider. The feature is part of any paid cloud solution provider plan.

Getting started with Cloud Costs for CSPs is very easy, just visit our portal for Cloud Solution providers and enroll in the CSP program as described above. To become part of the CSP support an existing trial account or an enterprise plan is required.

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

Act like a CSP/MSP with your Enterprise Agreement (EA)

Today we’re very excited to announce the availability of our Enterprise Agreement support for the Azure Costs Cloud Solutions Providers platform.

Several months ago, Microsoft introduced the Cloud Solution Provider program . This program enables companies from the technical and the business perspective, to resell Azure resources or complex solutions on top of the Azure cloud.  

Azure Costs supports the Cloud Solutions Provider program since day one and has a lot of experience in processing Enterprise Agreements. Therefore we’re very happy to now release our Enterprise Agreement support for the Azure Costs CSP platform. This update brings together both business models, Enterprise Agreements and CSP Partners. Azure Costs allows you to use Enterprise Agreements in the same way as CSP accounts.

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This new option supports your migration from an Enterprise Agreements based Managed Service Provider to a real Cloud Solution Provider. Just combine all the different costs in a single and holistic portal. In addition, there are some important features dedicated to Enterprise Agreement customers only:

Define customers based on every property of your choice: 
As the Enterprise Agreement does not support customers out of the box, Azure Costs adds this functionality and gives every EA contract holder the same features as you have in the CSP ecosystem.

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Define Cloud Solution Provider Margins:
This allows every CSP to differentiate between the pricing Microsoft offers to the EA and the price the CSP offers for the customer. Just define the different pricing tier per customer individually.

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Generate Cloud Solution Provider Filters:
This allows to hide services which are not charged for the customer. Only services targeted by the CSP filter will appear in the customer portal.

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Offer a customer spending portal besides a reseller spending Portal:
This allows your customers to manage the spendings by their own. This portal gives your customers 100% the same features incl. team management as if they would sign up to Azure Costs with an enterprise edition directly and an EA contract.

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Interested in the new feature?
Getting started with Azure Costs for CSPs is very easy, just visit our new portal just for Cloud Solution providers and enroll into the CSP program as described above. To become part of the CSP support an existing trial account or an enterprise plan is required.

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

2018 will make cloud spending optimization more efficient and easier

What a rush, 2017 is over and Azure Costs, a growing cost management and optimization platform, delivered tons of great features and improvements.
We made our support for Cloud Service Providers available and now allow every CSP to implement complex N-Tier models and billing portal capabilities. This solution gives every customer cloud-vendor-independent transparency of cloud spendings and allows to leverage optimization potentials.

We are very excited to also start the new year with a firework of great features and functional enhancements:

Amazon Web Services availability – Welcome to Cloud Costs
Focusing on just a single cloud provider is like having only one single data center without any redundancy and a big vendor lock on. Customers are focusing more and more on a virtual data center strategy to take care of high availability, fault tolerance and disaster recovery.

We are very happy to support this activities by offering the integration of Amazon Web Services into the Azure Costs spending management platform as public beta, available for ever plan right now.

Login and Register your AWS contract right now!

aws_logo_smile_1200x630In addition, we will release the support for the Google Cloud Platform later this year. Honouring the evolution Azure Costs did and giving a clear commitment to support all major cloud vendors in the future, we decided to give our service a new home. From now on you can reach our platform as Cloud Costs service here:

Visit Cloud Costs

The old location will stay in place and we do not plan to discontinue any location. Technically all customers who are using azure-costs.com or cloud-costs.com are using the same platform and are having access to the same features.

Reserved Instance Management Beta Program

The nature of Virtual Machines or services based on virtual machines like Azure Batch or AWS Beanstalk is a more or less static usage pattern. The deployed resources are not that dynamic as in Azure Functions or AWS Lambda where every customer pays per function call. Because of that and for better predictability Amazon and Microsoft offer Reserved Instances. Reserved Instances in the Azure Cloud are brand new and only available for Pay as you Go and EA contracts. CSP customers need to be patient for a couple more month.

Cloud Costs is very proud to now offer support for managing reserved instances as private beta. Later this year we will be happy to make this available for customers with a payed plan without any additional charge.

Register to Reserved Instance Management Beta

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Microsoft Azure Certified Solution
Our solution is a reliable service and our goal is to prove this whereever it’s possible. The first result of the verification activities is that Azure Costs became a verified Azure solution. Feel free to check our registration in the Azure App Sources marketplace here.

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Azure Stack Partner Program
A couple of month ago Microsoft delivered the first official release of Azure Stack which gives service providers but also enterprise customers the flexibility of the Azure Cloud locally hosted in their own data center.

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Register for the Azure Stack Partner Program

Cloud Costs would like to bring the power of his spending management platform combined with all features of the Cloud Solution Provider suite to Azure Stack customers. We are looking for partners who would like to implement a powerful spending management and optimization solution on top of an existing Azure Stack infrastructure. Register right now, we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Support for Amazon Web Services

Focusing on just a single cloud provider is like having only one single data center without any redundancy. Many customers focused on a virtual data center strategy take care of high availability, fault tolerance and disaster recovery. We will support this activities by introducing the upcoming integration of Amazon Web Services into the Azure Costs spending management platform.

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Together with the Amazon Web Services Team the Azure Costs team is able to re-define the way to manage cloud spendings on a cloud vendor independent platform. We are happy to invite you for an exclusive access to the Amazon Web Services Beta program in Azure Costs. Please register here:

Register now

We will send you technical details for getting access to our beta program and will keep you updated regarding product news.

Interested in the new feature?
Getting started with Azure Costs for AWS is very easy, just register for our closed beta as described above. To become part of the private beta an existing free basic plan is required.

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