Over this weekend we released a new version of Cloud Portam. In this release we have included the capability to view usage and billing data for Azure Subscriptions. This blog post talks about these enhancements.

Summary of Enhancements

  • View usage and billing data for your Azure Subscriptions.
  • View rate card data for your Azure Subscriptions.

Rest of the post talks about these enhancements in detail.

View Usage and Billing Data

I’m pleased to announce that using Cloud Portam now you can view the usage and billing data for your Azure Subscriptions. By means of multiple reports and interactive charts, Cloud Portam makes it super easy for you to view this data.

Following are the high level features available when it comes to viewing usage and billing data:

Multiple Date Ranges

Cloud Portam offers multiple date ranges for you to view the reports. You can view the report for current billing period, last billing period, and last 7/15/30 days. Please note that for current and last billing period, you would need to tell Cloud Portam about your billing start date which you can do by providing billing plan information.

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Multiple Report Group Types

In the current release, we have included three ways by which you can group the data: Grouping by meter names, meter categories or resource names. Grouping functionality provides multiple views of your usage data.

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Report Grouping by Meter Name

When the report is grouped by meter names, we also include billing data along with usage data so that you can know cost incurred by each resource types.

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One important thing to notice here is that when you first view the usage report by meter categories, Cloud Portam shows the billing data based on following parameters: It assumes that your billing plan is “Pay-as-you-Go (MS-AZR-0003P)”, your billing country is USA (and thus billing currency is USD and your billing start date is 1st of the month. To see data relevant to your billing plan, please click on “Billing Plan” button to change these parameters.

Report Grouping by Meter Category

When you group by meter category, all resources in your Azure Subscription belonging to a particular meter category (Storage, Virtual Machine etc. for example) are combined together and their usage is added and displayed.

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Report Grouping by Resource Name

Cloud Portam also enables you to view consumption by individual resources in your Azure Subscription. When you group by resource name, the consumption data for that resource is categorized by meter category, sub category and meter name and displayed.

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Usage Breakdown by Days

When it comes to displaying the usage data, Cloud Portam not only displays the total usage for the reporting period, it also displays the data for each day in the reporting period.

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Interactive Charts

Cloud Portam also displays the usage data in chart format as well.

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Localized Data

As you may already know that you can pay for your Azure consumption in multiple currencies. Based on your billing country, Cloud Portam localizes the data to that country’s number system. For example, if your billing country is Belgium (and currency is Euro), Cloud Portam calculates the billing amount in Euros and presents the data in local format (e.g. replacing decimal point with a comma).

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View Rate Card Data

Rate card is essentially how Microsoft charges you for different services you run in Azure. I’m pleased to announce that Cloud Portam enables you to view the rate card information associated with your Azure Subscription billing plan.

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When you first view the rate card information, Cloud Portam needs to know about your billing plan i.e. Azure Offer Id, billing country and billing Start date. You can find this information by visiting Azure Portal.

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If you wish, you could save this information in Cloud Portam database along with your Azure Subscription details so that you don’t have to specify it again.

What’s Next

There are a number of things in our immediate product pipeline. We will continue enhancing our Subscription management features by adding support for managing additional services. Also now that we know how to consume Azure Resource Manager APIs for managing Storage accounts, we will be adding functionality where you will be able to add storage accounts in Cloud Portam using the same. One of the advantage of this is you need not provide your account key to Cloud Portam. Using Azure Resource Manager API, Cloud Portam will automatically fetch the account key when it is needed. So stay tuned for all these changes.

Try It Out!

We humbly request you to try out these updates in Cloud Portam. This is available in both “Personal” and “Team” editions of Cloud Portam. Though extreme care has been taken regarding testing the current functionality, it is quite possible that we may have overlooked something. If you find something missing or implemented incorrectly, please feel free to reach out to us and tell us. We will fix the issues ASAP.

Closing

As you can see we’re constantly investing in making the product more and more useful. Do try out Cloud Portam and these features and let us know what you think. If you think, we can improve it in any way, please feel free to share your thoughts. The link to our website is http://www.cloudportam.com.