Analyze Cost for Azure
Harness Cloud Cost Management (CCM) allows you to view your Azure costs at a glance, understand what is costing the most, and analyze cost trends. CCM displays the data for all your Azure services (Storage account, Virtual machines, Containers, and so on) and also helps you get details of:
- Azure cloud cost spending trend
- Azure service costing the most in the selected time range, for example, Load Balancer
- Primary cost contributor, for example, region, service, or resource
- Resources that cost the most in the selected time range
- Azure spending by region, for example, US East or US West
Before You Begin
Step: Analyze Azure Cost
The Cost Explorer provides deep insights into your Azure costs. The cost includes all the applicable discounts.
- In Cloud Cost Management, click Explorer, and then click Azure in the top navigation. The Azure services are displayed.
- You can use the following options to Group By:
- Azure: Under Azure, you can Group by:
- Resource group name: Resource group is a container that holds related resources that you want to manage as a group. Grouping by resource group name shows the cost of various resource groups present in your account.
- Meter category: This is the cost of the meter, for example, Cloud services, Networking, etc.
- Meter subcategory: This is the cost of the subcategory of meter, for example, A6 Cloud services, ExpressRoute (IXP), etc.
- Resource GUID: The cost of your Resource GUIDs. The Resource GUID is a unique alphanumeric string that represents each resource for programming purposes.
- Meter: Cost of the resources' usage. The meters track the resources' usage and generate a usage record that is used to calculate your bill. For example, you provision a virtual machine in Azure. Some meters that track its usage include: Compute Hours, IP Address Hours, Data Transfer In, Data Transfer Out, Standard Managed Disk, Standard Managed Disk Operations, Standard IO-Disk, Standard IO-Block Blob Read, Standard IO-Block Blob Write, Standard IO-Block Blob Delete.
- Resource type: The cost of resource instances.
- Service name: Cost of Azure service, for example, Virtual Machines, Azure App Service, Azure DNS, etc.
- Service tier: This is the cost of Azure services having service tiers. For example, VMs, Dv3, and Dsv3.
- If your Azure billing export contains the Azure usage and charges information, then the following details are listed:
- Subscription name: Name of the subscription.
- Publisher name: Publisher for Marketplace services.
- Publisher type: Type of publisher. Break down Microsoft/Azure, Marketplace, and AWS costs.
- Reservation ID: Unique identifier for the purchased reservation instance. Azure Reservations help you save money by committing to one-year or three-year plans for multiple products. Committing allows you to get a discount on the resources you use. See Manage Reservations for Azure resources.
- Reservation name: Name of the purchased reservation instance.
- Frequency: Indicates whether a charge is expected to repeat. Charges can either happen once (OneTime), repeat on a monthly or yearly basis (Recurring), or be based on usage (UsageBased).
- Region: Each Azure region you are currently running services in.
- Product: Each of your active products with their cloud costs.
- Label: Each label that you assign to your Azure resources. You can select a label name to get further granular details of your label.
Option: Add a Filter Using Default Fields
Perform the following steps to add filters using default fields.
- In Cloud Cost Management, click Explorer, and then click Azure in the top navigation.
- Click add filter.
- Select Azure, Region, Product, or Label from the Default Fields.
- Select the operator. The supported operators are:
- IN: The exact match operation used to filter for the value specified.
- NOT IN: The exact match operation used to filter for the value that is not specified.
- Select value for your filter. You can select multiple values. You can also filter and customize your result using the search option.