Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest company, you have financial difficulties and need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and here is Azure expense management and billing come in.
We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where the cloud is costing, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to to enable more with less. Here are some of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:
Let’s examine the details.
General availability of Azure Government Pay-As-You-Go
Azure Cost Management is now generally available for PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) subscriptions from Azure Government. This includes everything you have in Azure Global, from cost analysis, exports and APIs, to cost reports inside and outside the Azure portal, to budgets and recommendations to stay informed about increases in expenses and optimize costs.
Learn more about Azure Government PAYG support and get tips on how to better manage your cloud costs.
Azure Government cost allocation preview
Managing cloud costs can be a challenge. This is especially true if your organization needs to break down the cost of the internal chargeback. You may have separate business units or you may need to simplify external billing for different customer solutions. This becomes even more difficult when you use shared services to reduce costs, as there may not be a clear way of dividing these shared services by business area or customer. This is where the cost allocation preview for Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) accounts comes into play. The cost peg was first published in Azure Global in September 2020 and now has expanded support for Azure Government.
Learn more about the Preview of the cost allocation and let us know what you’d like to see next.
Get insights into your costs
The main goal of cost analysis in the Azure portal is to provide quick insights and help you determine your costs. You can delve deep into your costs by grouping and filtering according to common properties in the cost analysis Preview of the cost analysis goes even further with the introduction of direct, informative insights into your costs in the resource view.
With additional cost insights, you now have an overview of the key resources, resource groups, and resource types that contribute to your total costs. You can also see which type of resource you use the most. Of course, these are only the first findings. We’d love to know more about what you’d like to see next. Take a look at the preview and Share your feedback today.
What’s new in Cost Management Labs?
With Cost management laboratoriesYou’ll get a glimpse of what’s going on in Azure Cost Management and get in touch with us directly to share feedback and help us better understand how you’re using the service so that we can deliver better coordinated and optimized experiences. Here are some features you can see in the Cost Management Labs:
- New: Show the cost of your resources
The costs for your resources are just one click away from the resource overview in the Preview portal. Just click display costs to quickly jump to the cost of that particular resource.
- New cost analysis views for resources and reservations – – Now with insights and downloads
Introduced new, faster cost views that break down costs by resource, resource group and reservation, with additional insight into your top cost drivers and an improved download experience. We’re still working on that. You can see the preview in Cost management laboratories or activate the preview. Share feedback on this preview.
- Change the range from the menu
Change the area from the menu for faster navigation. You can log in with Try Preview. Share feedback on this preview.
- Open the configuration items in the main menu
This is an experimental option to display the selected configuration screen as a nested menu item under the Charge Management menu. You can log in with Try Preview from Cost management laboratories. Share feedback on this preview.
- Optimized cost management menu
Show settings only in configuration. Remove Cloudyn, Exports and Connectors for AWS from the Charge Management menu. You can log in with Try Preview from Cost management laboratories. Share feedback on this preview.
Of course, that’s not all. Any change in Azure Cost Management will be available in the Cost Management Labs a week before the full Azure portal. We are excited to hear your thoughts and understand what you would like to see next. What are you waiting for? To attempt Cost management laboratories today.
New ways to save money with Azure
There have been a lot of updates over the past month that could help you save. Here are a few that may interest you:
New videos and learning opportunities
For these visual learners, there are three new videos to watch:
Follow that Azure expense management and billing YouTube channel to keep up with new videos and let us know what you’d like to see next.
Do you want a guided experience? Start with Control Azure Spending and Manage Invoices with Azure Cost Management and Billing.
Numerous small documentation updates were made this month. However, we’ll focus on one interesting one to help you troubleshoot usage spikes Company Agreement (EA) and Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) Billing accounts.
Do you want to keep track of all documentation updates? Try this out Change history for expense management and billing documents by doing Azure docs Repository on GitHub. If something is missing, choose To edit at the top of the document and submit a quick pull request.
These are just a few of the big updates from last month. Don’t forget to check that out previous Azure charge management and billing updates. We always listen and constantly improve based on your feedback. Please keep the feedback going.
We know these are difficult times for everyone. Best wishes from the Azure team for cost management and billing. Stay safe and stay healthy.