Cloud has changed the infrastructure game. In an on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud world, you need to manage your cost or risk runaway costs. Cloud, by nature of its elasticity and often decentralized control framework makes it easy to spin up new workloads that can cost thousands of dollars. In my experience working across AWS, Azure and GCP cloud billing, I have seen countless examples of inadvertent runaway costs where users were caught by surprise with unexpected charges.
We are excited to announce the first release of Orbitera Budgets. This first release is designed to be used by Resellers to help customers control costs. You can use Orbitera Budgets to manage a unified view of your costs and usage across multi-cloud for either specific customers or cloud providers or for more specific categories that you define. You can sign up for automated notifications that provide you with detailed status information (over or under budget) so that you can identify potential issues early and take action to prevent cost overruns.
“The introduction of Orbitera’s budgeting feature is a major step in proactive and actionable monitoring of cloud spend, and one that our customers have been asking for to better manage their budgets. As a reseller and cloud advisory partner, the ability to set a budget across a specific timeframe, instead of month to month, gives us a powerful solution for mitigating credit-risk associated with cloud spend.”
– Tony Safoian, CEO & President, SADA Systems
Creating a Budget
Let’s create a budget or lots of budgets to manage cost! Start by opening up Setting and then click on Budgets. This takes you to the list view where you can see all the Budgets you have created.
Let’s get started and create our first Budget. Click on ADD in the right corner of the screen;
Give your Budget a Name, to describe the budget, note this is the reference that will be used in your notifications. Pick the Currency for your budget, it will use your default partner currency unless you set something different. Enter the total Amount for your budget.
Next you need to configure whether you want your budget to be Based on your Seller cost (what you paid the Cloud Provider) or the Customer cost (what Orbitera has calculated for customer based on their pricing).
Then select the Period; Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Annual or a custom period.
Now we’ve got that configured we can decide whether we want to be even more specific in our Budget. By default your budget is set to ALL Cloud Providers, ALL Customers, and Total Cost.
But we can choose to dial this in using the Budget filters. The first choice is Cloud Provider, if for example you only want to monitor Google Cloud Platform (GCP) you can select this cloud provider. If you want to monitor specific customers, elect Customers.
If you click in the Customer field a drop down list will appear, if you know who you want to monitor just start typing their name and it will automatically filter the selections. You can select multiple customers to monitor under the same budget.
You can also monitor a specific Cloud Account, just like customers, if you click in the field you will see a list of cloud accounts for that customer.
Note if you choose multiple customers the Cloud Account selection is not available and will be set to ALL.
The next step is to set the notification options, this is the configuration that will notify you at various % when your actual costs have crossed preset budget thresholds;
Click on Add Notification to setup your first threshold. You can add as many notifications as you need to track your cost over the period…just keep clicking Add Notification. Don’t worry, you just enter the % and we will take care of the math.
Now we need to configure who will get notified when Budget thresholds are breached. You can add multiple users by clicking Add recipient.
You can select recipients based on current Users of Orbitera. For this first release you can only choose from your own Users. See coming soon for additional recipients
With everything set up as desired, simply click on Save. Your budget is visible right away in the list view, the next time Billing import runs your budget will be evaluated relative to your current cost.
- Customer recipients – we will add support to choose Customer users so you can configure budgets for your customers and notify them directly if they are out of control.
- Budgets based on Tags and Labels – configure budgets based on your multi-cloud Customer tags for more granular control.
- Customer Portal (self service) – we know your customers are going to want to use this critical feature to help them manage their cost. We will add support for customer self service in the Customer Portal for their costs.
What do you think of Orbitera Budgets? Let us know!