Cloud Cost Explorer
The Cloud Cost Explorer is a dashboard which provides visualization and filtering of your cloud spending. This dashboard includes the costs for all assets in your connected cloud accounts by pulling from those providers' Cost and Usage Reports (CURs) or other cloud billing reports.
Cloud Cost Explorer dashboard
As of v1.104, Cloud Cost is enabled by default. If you are using v1.04+, you can skip the Installation and Configuration section.
# format labels as comma separated string (ex. "label1,label2,label3")
Enabling Cloud Cost is required. Optional parameters include:
labelList.labels: Comma-separated list of labels; empty string indicates that the list is disabled
labelList.IsIncludeList: If true, label list is a white list; if false, it is a black list
topNItems: number of sampled "top items" to collect per day
While Cloud Cost is enabled, it is recommended to disable Cloud Usage, which is more memory-intensive.
Item-level data in the Cloud Cost Explorer is only a sample of the most expensive entries, determined by the Helm flag
topNitems. This value can be increased substantially but can lead to higher memory consumption. If you receive a message in the UI "We don't have item-level data with the current filters applied" when attempting to filter, you may need to expand the value of
topNitems(default is 1,000), or reconfigure your query.
You can adjust your displayed metrics using the date range feature, represented by Last 7 days, the default range. This will control the time range of metrics that appear. Select the date range of the report by setting specific start and end dates, or by using one of the preset options.
You can adjust your displayed metrics by aggregating your cost by category. Supported fields are Workspace, Provider, Billing Account, Service Item, as well as custom labels. The Cloud Cost Explorer dashboard supports single and multi-aggregation. See the table below for descriptions of each field.
Selecting the Edit button will allow for additional filtering and pricing display options for your cloud data.
You can filter displayed dashboard metrics by selecting Edit, then adding a filter. Filters can be created for the following categories to view costs exclusively for items (see descriptions of each category in the Aggregate filters table above):
- Invoice Entity
The Cost Metric dropdown allows you to adjust the displayed cost data based on different calculations. Cost Metric values are based on and calculated following standard FinOps dimensions and metrics, but may be calculated differently depending on your CSP. Learn more about how these metrics are calculated by each CSP in the Cloud Cost Metrics doc. The five available metrics supported by the Cloud Cost Explorer are:
Your cloud cost spending will be displayed across your dashboard with several key metrics:
- K8 Utilization: Percent of cost which can be traced back to Kubernetes cluster
- Total cost: Total cloud spending
- Sum of Sample Data: Only when aggregating by Item. Only lists the top cost for the timeframe selected. Displays that may not match your CUR.
All line items, after aggregation, should be selectable, allowing you to drill down to further analyze your spending. For example, when aggregating cloud spend by Service, you can select an individual cloud service (AmazonEC2, for example) and view spending, K8 utilization, and other details unique to that item.