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Cost Management

Microsoft Azure Cost Management helps you effectively monitor, control, and optimize cloud costs across your organization. Learn more in the Cost Management documentation.

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  1. Azure spending limit pr. Resource Group instead of pr. subscription.

    I see a great potential for Azure if it was possible to control spending limit pr. ressource group.

    In companies with many departments/developers or students at universities have need for develop environments in Azure. My aim is to reduce the risk of letting someone spin up 1000 VMs etc. and leaving them running for months before someone finds out.
    Introducing spending limits / isolating cost for a resource group to each department/developer would be great.
    Each developer could then be given control to his/hers own resource group.

    214 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Budgets + alerts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Possibility to create daily budget - Control unusual costs from day to day.

    Hi

    With reference to: https://twitter.com/rune_myrhaug/status/1101552474383704071?s=21

    Let's say that normal cost for an subscription (or management group) is 1500. But one day this peaks up to 10.000,- due to an error or unusual usage. There is a need to get functionality that detects such cost-peaks. And the granularity to detect such peaks should be "day". Way to late to get informed or do action on this after a month or quarterly.

    When such a cost-peak is detected there should be functionality that triggers automatic actions - like what's in "Azure Action Groups".

    My understanding is that this can be solved by…

    194 votes

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  3. Cost Analysis using Resource Group tagging.

    It would be great if Resource Group tagging would be used for choosing "Tags" in Cost Analysis. We have always been told to tag at the Resource Group level which apply to all down level resources so there was no need to tag the individual items.

    88 votes

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  4. Email custom reports on a schedule

    We need to be able to create a customized report and send it out to people (who may not have access to the subscriptions) on a schedule

    75 votes

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  5. Add a cost column to each of the resource lists

    Add a cost column to each of the resource lists

    62 votes

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  6. Cost Alerting Recommendation: Budget Pace Exceeded

    Instead of a % of budget, what we really need is to be alerted anytime we are above a budgeted pace. For example, if Azure could calculate at the end of each business day what our total costs for the billing cycle are so far, and what percent of the billing cycle has elapsed, you could send us an alert if we are above the budget dollar pace we set.

    Here's the business case. I get a monthly budget approved by my Finance Department. With this enhancement, I would set one budget pace alert at a dollar value a little…

    45 votes

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  7. Scheduled dashboard based reports

    Currently I have around 20 scheduled reports configured and emailed out for a weekly governance board. Taking each of the reports and manually presenting this in a powerpoint deck is very time consuming.

    I have created two dashboards with the corresponding reports which I have found easier to screenshot and paste in to slides than using the automated individual reports. The governance process requires that the reports presented are filed so I cannot just present the online dashboard.

    It would be great if the view of the whole dashboard could be automated to get a scheduled email with the dashboard…

    45 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Cloudyn  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great idea! Since everything is being moved to the Azure portal, we’ll focus our efforts on making new tiles are available for all cost data. In the meantime, please vote this up to let us know how important it is to you and consider using Power BI dashboard, which already support this capability.

  8. Enable calculation in local currency than $ value

    Hello,

    We are CSP and generated custom reports with markup . Now it is showing cost in $ (USD) . Infact we need to give billing to customers in Indian Rupees. I dont see any option to change currency value.
    please help

    43 votes

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    6 comments  ·  Cloudyn  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We only support the billing currency for Azure enrollments today. We’ll add support for CSP subscriptions. We’re also looking into allowing customization at any level (entity) as well as giving individuals the ability to quickly switch to other currencies. We’d love to get feedback on this. Let us know how flexible you need it to be.

  9. Total cost for a resource

    I dont know how exactly a REAL Virtual Machine Costs to me because i was not able to see total cost for a resource. It would be marvelous if we can see the historical "aggregated/grouped" costs of a virtual machine in i.e virtual machine settings.

    41 votes

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  10. Tag details for all Azure Resources

    Today in Azure billing we can see tag details of compute, storage and network only. Can you extend this to all Azure Resources.

    39 votes

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  11. Show VM Name on Cost Effective Sizing Report

    On the "Cost Effective Sizing Recommendations" report I need to see the name of the VM and not just the type and Subscription

    36 votes

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  12. Real Time Cost Management consumption reporting

    put in place a requirement for all Azure resources and resource providers that they must send updated usage data to ACM at minimum every 30 minutes (or less). This will enable better tracking and enforcement of subscription budget management across large number of subscriptions. Current refresh cycle of ~8hrs in ACM results in potential to lose control of project budgets for many small R&D initiatives. Once Azure has the fine grain reporting frequency across the board (all services), it would be beneficial to expose a user configurable setting in the Azure portal ACM panel, so that we can adjust to…

    31 votes

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  13. For Azure sponsored organizations, Add "resource instance id" as exportable field for .CSV download file.

    For organizations with Azure sponsorships, standard features such as "Cost Management" are disabled.
    Additionally, Cloudyn is not an viable option for Azure sponsored organizations.

    This provides challenges for gaining insights, managing Azure resources and estimating projected costs, etc.

    Although, subscribers can navigate to sponsorhip portal https://www.microsoftazuresponsorships.com/ this has
    limited functionality. It includes a basic dashboard as a simplified report but it lacks ability to query or drill down
    as a read-only report. Thus, you are forced to download a .csv file and manipulate externally in Excel or
    via database programming. One specific issue is there is a unique identifier for…

    31 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Optimization  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We will add support for sponsored subscriptions. Please vote this up to let us know how important it is for you.

    Please separate other asks into new suggestions so we can track them individually. We’ll use this suggestion for tracking sponsored support. Thanks!

  14. Azure and AWS cost data in Power Bi

    I read about how to connect with Azure Consumption Insights from Power Bi. Also read about how we can manage AWS costs and usage data in Azure.

    Is there a way to see AWS usage cost data and Azure usage and cost data in Power Bi?

    30 votes

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  15. Better management of subscription and resource billing currency

    Current base pricing is in X currency and now I want it to be in Y currency, which is currently not supported out of the box for the portal, hence after raising a ticket I realise that the engineering team at MS is still on it and that would take significant time.

    So as a customer I should be allowed to:
    - Switch pricing from X currency to Y currency. Support this scenario when I raise a ticket and may be not from the portal, you may allow me to switch the currency 5 times and there after apply a…

    29 votes

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  16. Track resources via current tags

    It would be nice to be able to query the Consumption API against the tags currently applied to resources and have the option to identify past usage before those tags were applied.
    This should only be an option - there are certainly cases where you might prefer to have the tags as of the date of usage.

    27 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is definitely needed!

    Let us know if there are specific cases where you’d like to be able to look at costs by the tags when they were applied vs. the current state of tags viewed retroactively. Understanding your needs will help ensure we cover the specifics for you.

  17. Custom x-resource group, x-subscription reporting

    On Enterprise level, cost governance / cost control teams may have different scope than single RG, or single subscription. Today the only possibility to control costs at this level is to extract full cost data for all subscriptions (via "beta" connector), and then filter / limit in client tool. It's not manageable to do it RG-by-RG, and frequently even full subscription visibility is not possible (subscriptions may include resources given cost control team shouldn't have visibility to). We need to be able to provide aggregated views on costs not limited to full subscription / single resource group setup - allowing…

    24 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Makes sense. The current recommendation is to organize a single team’s applications into resource groups within a single subscription per environment (e.g. production vs. dev/test), then organize subscriptions into management groups which map to the logical hierarchy within the organization. This allows you to report at all layers of the organization and manage access accordingly. We understand not all organizations are setup this way and will plan work to simplify this. Please vote this up to let us know how important this is for you.

  18. Add costs widget to any resource overview blade

    It would be great to have a costs widget on every resource overview blade. It should say you how much money you have burned and predict the cost for the whole period and how much it costs last month.

    24 votes

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  19. Enable Azure Cost Management for Azure China

    Hello,
    Please enable Azure China customers to manage their cloud spend with transparency and accuracy via Cost Management.

    https://azure.microsoft.com/services/cost-management/

    21 votes

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  20. sponsorship

    Cost Analysis or at least breakdown for Azure Sponsorship subscriptions.

    21 votes

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