Azure Cost Monitor for Service Providers & Resellers

Are you an Azure reseller or a cloud service provider offering Microsoft Azure services? If so, we start offering you a smarter way to have control about the cloud spendings of your customers or to give your customers a great monitoring tool, seamlessly integrated in your service architecture. The Azure Cost Monitor Reseller Portal is a new way for service providers and resellers to monitor, manage & measure costs in the Microsoft Azure cloud:

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Besides the Enterprise Edition features, the portal will come with these additional features:

  • Customer Management Dashboard
    Manage access to the Azure account or a specific subscription for your customers. Invite new users or assign an existing Azure Active Directory group to provide access rights.
  • Custom SSL & Domain support
    Integrate the service seamlessly in your or the customers service architecture, with a service provider or customer specific domain incl. SSL certificates.
  • Custom pricing & currency support
    Especially when you resell just a simple subscription or if you add some reseller service charges to the pricing, a custom pricing table helps you to manage this complexity.
  • Data access via RESTful API
    A strong integration, e.g. into an existing data warehouse or CRM application is easy and simple with the existing RESTful API.
  • Allows to resell enterprise editions
    Having a reseller edition allows every reseller and cloud service provider to resell Azure Cost Monitor enterprise editions with an individual margin.

Interested? Signup for the early adaptor program and get direct access to the current system.

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We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your customers with the Azure Cost Monitor and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Azure Cost Monitor sends notifications when Azure EA token has expired

Microsoft offers all EA customers the Azure EA portal to manage different accounts and subscriptions. In addition to this portal, every customer can issue up to two security tokens to 3rd party applications. This allows the applications to interact and work with the customers EA data like the Azure Cost Monitor is doing.

Starting this week the Azure Cost Monitor analyses the existing Azure EA security tokens and is able to detect when a token has expired. As soon an expired token is detected the owner of the contract will get an information via mail:

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In addition, the Azure Cost Monitor is now able to warn about tokens that will expire very soon. The owner of the affected contract will get an information via mail as well:

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This new feature should help you as a contract owner to stay in sync every day. It also helps us to have our system stay healthy and performant every day. Please update the tokens directly when you get this kind of notifications. Additional information on how to renew a token can be found in our knowledge base here.

We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your Azure Cost Monitor account and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Update expired Azure EA tokens easily

The Microsoft Azure EA portal issues an Azure EA security token for API access to the cost & usage data. This token expires every 6 month and because of that needs to be renewed in the Azure Cost Monitor on a regular basis. The Azure Cost Monitor team started the project about 5 months ago what means that the first Azure EA security tokens will expire soon. Because of that, we are pleased to announce the launch of the token update wizard which makes it as easy as possible to renew expired Azure EA tokens:

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From today, the dashboard of the Azure Cost Monitor warns every user when the token is expired to ensure that every administrator always stays informed:

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If you don’t update an expired token, the system stops syncing data from the Azure EA portal. As soon as the token is valid again the system is able to sync data from the Azure EA portal and is doing that automatically within the next sync cycle over night. We will also get the missed data from the days the token was expired. So no worries when you were in vacation or absent for a couple days.

We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your Azure Cost Monitor account and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Manage costs in your local currency – Azure Cost Monitor supports multiple currencies

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the multi currency support. This  feature has been built to reflect what our users told us they need:

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Currently the Microsoft Azure EA portal does not give any information about the currency of the financial data. Because of that the azure cost monitor displayed all costs in EUR in the past. Now the new multi currency support allows to switch between different currencies.

We hope this feature brings more transparency in your Azure Cloud Spendings and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Azure Cost Monitor: Daily Spending Reports – a first résumé

A couple of days ago, on January 17th, the new Daily Spending Report Feature of the Azure Cost Monitor went live.

We are very pleased that the reports were adopted so well. We got some nice feedback from our users appreciating the new functionality.

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This feature has been build to reflect what our users told us they need – a simple way of tracking all Azure cloud costs on a daily basis and transparency for every stakeholder in the company.

The daily spending reports make it easy for the Operations Department to track the cloud spendings and react upon this data immediately.

Controllers of the Finance Department need to understand what the company is spending throughout the month. Azure Cost Monitor reports give them a convenient way to have a good overview on a daily basis.

Managers always need to be aware about the most important KPIs within the company. The new daily spending reports of the Azure Cost Monitor give them the freedom to always have a quick and precise overview on the company’s cloud spendings.

Whenever you’ve got any questions, wishes or further ideas please don’t hesitate and let us know by leaving a message or request them in our feedback portal.

Stay up to date – Azure Cost Monitor starts sending daily spending reports via mail

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the daily spending mail reports starting January 17th. This great feature has been crafted to reflect what our users told us they need and it also builds upon new technology capable of addressing future needs:

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The report will be send once a day, at about 03:00 AM CET. If – for any reason – you do not wish to get the daily reports, it’s of course possible to disable the reports in the new notifications section of the Azure Cost Monitor portal:

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We hope this feature brings more transparency in your Azure Cloud Spendings and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs.
Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Website Launch Announcement: azure cost monitor launches new site

The azure cost monitor 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://costs.azurewebsites.net.

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. The azure cost monitor now enables our users to analyse and manage their Microsoft Azure Costs even more intuitively:

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 now 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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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, screenshots, a contact form and log-in possibilities.

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We hope you will visit the new website at https://costs.azurewebsites.net 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.

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.

Azure Cost management with resource tagging

Starting with Microsoft Azure teams or small departments often begin with one subscription. When time goes by the subscription contains more and more resources without a simple option to migrate them into new project specific subscriptions. Managing costs for this kind of subscription is not easy. Because of that the Azure Cost Monitor now offers a new feature which should really help to stay in control.

The new “Cost Tags” feature is an easy and comfortable way to categorize services. These tags can easily be used to visualize costs per responsible person, department, project or cost center. This allows cost management on a very granular level and aligned to the individual existing organisational structure.

The following screenshots show some best practices:

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Categorize your services by project groups that are responsible for the costs

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Categorize your services by resource type, e.g. storage or compute

This should really help to bring more control and transparancy into the Azure EA agreement. If you see any other requirements or needs feel free to drop the idea in our feedback portal.

BTW: As soon as Microsoft Azure delivers the new Azure resource tagging we will allow to mix up our custom tags and the Azure resource tags. There will be no need to do something manually from your side.