Better portal-based visualization of historical usage data, in addition to CSV downloads
The historical CSV downloads are only useful for finding line items. They don't include monthly spending limits (for that type of account), and they make it really hard to do any visualization or trend analysis over arbitrary periods of time. The ideal setup would be to add controls to enable dynamic date range selection on the subscription usage summary page. It would also be great to see some graphs showing the various usage over time...instead of having to make customers roll their own Excel solution.
Just want to update
We’ve been doing some work for the in-portal views, including graphs and cost breakdown by resource. See docs https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/billing/billing-getting-started#usage
CSV improvements are coming, stay tuned.
Søren Nguyen Boisen commented
All I want is the ability to rewind the burn rate graph and pie chart to the latest complete accounting period.
The most important piece of information is my estimated monthly cost for what I am CURRENTLY using. It could also be simply "My cost yesterday" which anyone can easily multiply by 30.
Currently this requires to download the usage details.
Dirk Eisenberg commented
I posted several months ago at this discussion and announced the Azure Cost Monitor which is doing this job very well. Hundreds of customers are proofing our solution every day. If you are looking for great visualisation and trend analytics for your azure spendings just give it a try for free - (https://azure-costs.com).
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Moinak Bandyopadhyay commented
@Cory - have you had the chance to take a look at the Azure Usage and RateCard APIs? https://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/new-azure-billing-apis-available?__r=8d2a3501bce8ef7
Azure Usage API provides the ability to retrieve historical usage data using a REST API, so this might be something that can be useful for your use-case.
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Dirk Eisenberg commented
I had the same issue and started a little project which ended in a free to use service. Do you think this helps to get better understanding of your costs? I can add more graphs on other detail levels if required: https://costs.azurewebsites.net
Cory Seaman commented
I think I stated the most important ones - being able to choose a dynamic date range in the subscription usage summary is big. Also, we need graphs that show the daily usage rates for each billable service you track, grouped by the Azure service that is associated with them. For example, if my standard Azure web site uses SSL, show me the daily cost of the SSL service in a graph. If I scale up to a medium instance mid-month, show me that as well - all on the same cost graph for my Azure web site. You provide the granular data you know administrators need...now you need to visualize it and make it more accessible. We want to see the costs behind the services, and how they trend, in a more granular fashion.
Are you guys really almost a year behind when it comes to feedback? :)