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Stackify recommends Azure Costs

February 03, 2017de

Matt Watson, Founder and CEO of Stackify published a great article about Azure pricing and cost optimization some days ago. These 22 tips to lower Azure pricing and to optimize hosting costs helps everybody to get the most out of the Azure Services.

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Stackify relies on Azure Costs as their platform to track, optimize and govern Azure spendings. Matt describes in his blog article how Stackify was able to dig deep into their costs structure and optimize cloud spendings for their SaaS service with the help of Azure Costs.

We hope you find these tips to be helpful. Be sure to start with tracking your spendings by signing up for our free basic edition right now.

 

Azure Costs: Day-By-Day Spending Tracking and Usability Enhancements

December 12, 2016de

Today we’re very excited, to announce the release of our updated Azure Costs service. This new version gives you advanced features and functions to manage your spendings more efficient and configure daily reports & alerts more granularly.

Day-by-Day Spendings and quantity reports

Managing costs on a monthly basis is sometimes not enough and to in-accurate for business which runs within days or even hours. Azure Costs now introduces the option to track the spendings on a per day view for every single service.

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This option enables you to identify costs spikes much more efficient and react on them instantly.

Define Notification Settings for Team-Members
A couple weeks ago we introduced the possibility to manage more granular notifications including alert policies. Every team administrator is now able to configure the notification settings for team members in the same powerful way.

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Aggregation of SQL Backup Exports in EA spendings
Microsoft started counting every single SQL export as a single entry in the service list when the customer is using an enterprise agreement. Azure Costs aggregates this information now correctly per database.

New Filter operations
Sometimes selecting all services which have or do not have a specific tag or which follow or do not follow a specific naming convention is very helpful. The new filter operations notContains and notStartsWith allows to build these kind of filters very easily.

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Manage a secondary e-mail address
Customers working with Azure Active Directory are sometimes facing the issue that the account address is not the primary contact address. Azure Costs now allows to change this by the team administrator very easily.

 

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

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

Azure Costs: Advanced Alerting and Burn Rate Reports

October 30, 2016deacm billing SaaS

Just two weeks ago we announced the release of our revised notification service for azure costs. This version provided advanced options to configure daily reports and alerts more granularly. This week we are very excited to announce more advanced features regarding our notification services which will help you to keep your cloud spendings under control.

Advanced Alert Dimensions:
Azure Costs now supports more alert dimensions to define more powerful alert policies to support your business needs optimally.

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The following dimension are now available in azure costs:

If you expect more dimensions for your business needs, just let us know. We would happily extend this feature with the help of our customers. Just drop us an e-mail or open a support ticket.

Mail Based Burn Rate Report:
The best indication of costs spikes and unusual behaviour of different users and administrators in your Azure subscriptions is the daily burn rate report. A couple of month ago we introduced this report as part of our improved dashboard. Today we are announcing the integration of the burn rate report as part of our mail report.

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This gives every cost- and spending manager the fastest way to get an overview and generates a call for action only when it’s really required.

Manage Alerts & Notifications for your Team-Mates:
Ensure that all of your team mates are informed on your finger tips. The team management area allows you to define notification and alert policies for every single team member, so that your co-workers will never miss an important information.

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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.

Azure Costs: Revised Notification Services

October 09, 2016deacm azure billing SaaS

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

August 28, 2016deacm azure billing cloud

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

July 17, 2016deacm azure billing

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

June 12, 2016deacm azure billing cloud

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

June 05, 2016deacm billing

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.

 

Feature Announcement: Smart Compare

May 15, 2016ieazure billing cloud microsoft SaaS

We’re very excited today, to announce the release of a game-changing new feature for azure costs: Smart Compare.

Smart Compare allows our customers to conveniently compare their monthly cloud costs with the costs of any previous month. By simply choosing the relevant months, azure costs now highlights cost spikes and deflections, so that our customers can focus on the costs they are really interested in – and ignore those they’re not.

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These results can then be sorted and powerful filters allow our customers to limit what they see, to only what they’re interested in.

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We are sure that this great feature will help our costumers to identify the real cost drivers and make informed decisions on cost optimization strategies.

How to get started?
Comparing cloud costs is this simple: The Smart Compare and sorting functionality can be used right now as part of our Preview UI. Just select multiple months as shown above, to identify cost drivers, spikes and deflections.

Interested in the SmartCompare feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs portal. Smart Compare is part of every paid plan, starting with the Professional subscription.

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

Azure Costs now supports Azure Rate Plans and Pay-as-you-Go subscriptions

April 03, 2016deazure billing cloud

The Azure Costs Team is happy to announce the launch of the new support for Azure Rate Plans & Pay-as-you-Go subscriptions. After an extensive beta together with many interested users, we are now ready to make this new feature globally available for everyone.

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This feature completes Azure Costs and allows you to manage any subscription type and pricing model that Microsoft offers in the different regions for the Azure cloud.

Interested in managing Azure Rate Plans or Pay-as-you-Go subscriptions?
Try the new subscription support today by simply logging into your Azure Costs service. We also designed new plans explicitly for our users without an Enterprise Agreement. Customers who are currently using a payed plan, can connect additional subscriptions for free.

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