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. 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.

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  2. 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.

    28 votes
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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

    18 votes
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    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.

  6. 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…

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    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.

  7. 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…

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  8. 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…

    12 votes
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  9. 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?

    11 votes
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  10. Add meter ID as part of the Rest APIs that list resources

    In Documentation,The API that lists all Resource SKUS under a subscription has meterID and cost as part of the response. But on actually consuming that API, I do not get these (and many other) keys as part of the response(the response is not uniform). It would be useful to have the meterId included in all APIs that list resources as well , since this would help in matching costs.

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  11. Show Resource Groups on PDF Invoices

    Current PDF invoices do not show resource groups, meaning it is very difficult to split costs out by group, which are often used to differentiate costs to different clients or internal cost centres.
    Unfortunately the Cost Breakdown does not usually match the invoice costs, so this is no help.
    Offering a CSV download of invoice transactions would be very useful if it also included resource group and resource names.

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  12. Group projected costs by tag

    Currently you can Group projected Costs only by Service and by Account Name. We Need to Group it by a specific tag (in this Case Costcentre).

    10 votes
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  13. Export cost analysis to Power BI

    Would it be possible to export the Cost analysis to PowerBI? I know about the connector and content pack. I'm looking for something in between. I just want to add what I have in the Azure portal to an existing dashboard.

    8 votes
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  14. Allow the currency on the billing to be changeable.

    Azure currently do not allow the billing currency to be changed. The claim is that the terms and conditions are tied to the currency of the country selected.
    Also, the payment of a bill is tied to having a credit card in the currency of the country you started with.

    If a company changes it's country this means Azure want you to setup a new account and migrate all services to the new account.

    This requires planning time, costs and risk (of bad planning).

    AWS allow the currency to be changed from a drop down menu.

    It is a high…

    8 votes
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  15. Improvements to Azure pricing calculator

    Pricing spreadsheets are now deprecated, the new calculator is in "preview" but isn't really usable, especially for large models. I'm using the channel version https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/channel/

    Some suggestions:
    - allow use of "work" email addresses
    - if there are hard limits on items then make it simple to add multiples (e.g. if disk is only available up to max of 5000Gb then allow choosing a number of identical disks)
    - allow sharing of estimates with others OR allow import of exported estimates. Large deals will always have multiple people working collaboratively, the calculator simply does not allow this and suggesting exporting…

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  16. Group by multiple properties

    Add support for grouping by multiple properties

    6 votes
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  17. billing cost analysis for all ARM resources

    The billing cost analysis area should include all ARM resources. Currently resource usage for ServiceBus, IOT is grouped under "other classic resources" and greyed out which is misleading. The name of the resource is also just a GUID which means it is difficult to determine what the resource is. There should be clearer names and labelling.

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  18. Cost analysis should allow user to customer the invoice format and email to the user on a monthly basis

    currently, the azure cost analysis portal does allow user to format the invoice to be more meaningful. However, this process has to be repeated each month. Can Microsoft allow user to save the format and email the desire invoice report to the user on schedule instead?

    5 votes
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  19. Tagging untagged resources

    Help me track down and tag resources which haven't been tagged yet.

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  20. For an invoice period, need a way for daily consumption to match the invoice consumption.

    We need a way to calc and/or run reports for an invoice period where the invoice consumption and the daily usage consumption match, ideally by tags.

    Through out portal.azure.com and Cloudyn, invoice consumption does not tie to the usage/resource consumption for the same periods. Even on reports that include both invoice consumption and daily usage consumption.

    Example: account.azuer.com/subscriptions/statement... "Download usage details". This csv report has 2 sections: the upper which ties to the invoice and the lower which ties to usage and resource reports. But the upper section does not tie to the lower section.

    I am comparing:
    1) the…

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    Support for querying based on invoice (billing period) will come as part of the support for pay-as-you-go and dev/test subscriptions. Currently, Enterprise Agreement (EA) billing periods are bound to the calendar.

    Not being able to reconcile usage/charges is not a design goal, but an unfortunate design limitation. We’ll improve this as we add support to native Cost Management. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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