Azure Cost Monitor: X-Mas Update

The time around christmas gave us the time to fix a couple of small issues which are annoying but not critical in the day by day business. With this article I would like to highlight the small but important changes in the Azure Cost Monitor:

HTTPs enforced
The Azure Cost Monitor is now available via https only. Every access to the http url will be redirected to the secure endpoint. This should prevent accidental unsafe usage of sensitive data via http.

No more hashbangs
In the past the Azure Cost Monitor used URLs with hashbangs in it,  which are unreadable and not easy to remember. As the hashbangs aren’t used in the urls anymore, please update your bookmarks.

Remove Contracts
Are you a customer with multiple EA contracts or a service provider who is working for several EA customers? If so, this feature is for you. Users with multiple contracts now can see a little trash icon in the contract dropdown, which allows to remove a non-active contract from the system. This should give everybody the option to stay clean with his data.

Daily Sync
The Azure Cost Monitor now syncs the data of the current month automatically every night. As soon as a new contract comes into the system, also the existing historic data will be synced. So the manually triggered action for data sync isn’t needed anymore and it will be removed in the next weeks.

Last Sync Time
The last sync time for every month is now visible in the report sheet. This should give everybody more transparency and control about the automated processes in the backend. Whenever you recognize a last sync time higher than 24 hours, please open a ticket.

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We hope these little improvements will help everybody to get a much better experience with the Azure Cost Monitor. If you have any other wishes, feel free to request them in our feedback portal.

Clear cost control based on service types

The Microsoft Azure Cloud offers many different resources, e.g. virtual machines, cloud services or websites. Some of these resources produce comprehensible costs e.g. virtual machines, but some resources produce costs that are indirect and hard to analyse, like costs for “Data Traffic”, “Visual Studio Online” or “Data Management”.

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To solve this problem and facilitate the cost control, all service types are now visible in the Azure Cost Monitor. The new category for grouping this service types helps to identify the cost drivers in different subscriptions and projects.