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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
If you haven't performed a successful billing integration with a cloud service provider, the Cloud Cost Explorer won't have cost data to display. Before using the Cloud Cost Explorer, make sure to read our Cloud Billing Integrations guide to get started, then see our specific articles for the cloud service providers you want to integrate with.

Configuring your query

Date range

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.

Aggregate by

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.
Aggregation
Description
Account
The ID of the billing account your cloud provider bill comes from. (ex: AWS Management/Payer Account ID, GCP Billing Account ID, Azure Billing Account ID)
Provider
Cloud service provider (ex: AWS, Azure, GCP)
Provider ID
ID of a cloud service provider account
Invoice Entity
Cloud provider account (ex: AWS Account, Azure Subscription, GCP Project)
Service
Cloud provider services (ex: S3, microsoft.compute, BigQuery)
Item
Individual items from your cloud billing report(s)
Labels
Labels/tags on your cloud resources (ex: AWS tags, Azure tags, GCP labels)

Filters

You can filter displayed dashboard metrics by selecting Edit, then adding a filter. Filters can be created for the all possible aggregation categories (see above) as well as custom labels. Advanced filtering options are supported as well.

Edit

Selecting the Edit button will allow for additional filtering and pricing display options for your cloud data.

Cost Metric

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:
Cost Metric
Description
Amortized Net Cost
Net Cost with removed cash upfront fees and amortized (default)
Net Cost
Costs inclusive of discounts and credits. Will also include one-time and recurring charges.
List Cost
CSP pricing without any discounts
Invoiced Cost
Pricing based on usage during billing period
Amortized Cost
Effective/upfront cost across the billing period

Chart

View Cloud Cost data in the following formats:
  1. 1.
    Cost over time: Cost per aggregation broken down over days or hours depending on date range
  2. 2.
    Cost Forecast: Cost over time with additional projected spend

Step size

Step size refers to the length of time of each group of data displayed on your dashboard across the window. Options are Default, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly.

Cost table metrics

Your cloud cost spending will be displayed across your dashboard with several key metrics:
  • K8s 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, K8s utilization, and other details unique to that item.