Documentation and Best Practices

Learn how to use Cloudability and get the most out of our cloud cost management tool.


What's new in Cloudability?

Here are Release Notes for recent features and improvements to Cloudability. You can also read about major feature announcements on the blog.


February 2017

  • New Rightsizing solution is out of Beta! This feature helps you identify top opportunities to save on your cloud infrastructure based on the cost and performance characteristics of key services.
    • Supported services are EC2, EBS, S3, RDS, Redshift
    • Resources are ranked by Priority, on a scale of 0-100 (higher values indicate greater opportunity for savings)
    • Key utilization metrics for each service (e.g. CPU, Memory, Idle time) are used to generate a composite Utilization score, and additional details (e.g. max and average) are available by exporting a Detailed Report


Read more about Rightsizing in our knowledge base.

  • Refreshed all of our Administrative pages -- Users, Views, Tags, Preferences, Settings, etc. The main thing you'll notice is that updating settings now occurs in a sidebar with lots of space to see all of your options, replacing the old pop-ups that were hard to squeeze everything into. (We also cleared up some bugs in the process.)


January 2017

  • Email Alerts menu helps you quickly find important subscriptions that we’ll send to you via email at the frequency you choose



November 2016

  • New RI planner features help you uncover new savings opportunities and better visualize potential savings:
    • RDS, Redshift, and Elasticache recommendations
    • Convertible class and Region scope EC2 recommendations

    • Savings Comparison Matrix shows the 8 ways to buy EC2 RIs: compare the savings side-by-side and select your preferred combination to generate a recommended purchase plan

Read all about the new RI Planner in our knowledge base.


October 2016

  • New Analytics home page lets you explore 60 new Cloudability reports to help you get started faster and generate new insights. We also added 3 new custom Cloudability dimensions: Lease Type, Usage Family, and Service Name.

Updated navigation: a new Settings menu (gear icon) consolidates management tools into one place to make it easy to find org-wide and personal settings, and a dedicated Help menu (? icon) offers quick access to our Success team when you need assistance.

Read about all details of the release in our Knowledge Base.

  • Reservation Portfolio for RDS, Redshift, and ElastiCache: the Portfolio now provides a global view of all your Reservations -- not just EC2 -- from all linked accounts, across all payer accounts, in one convenient location. It also includes:
    • All RI offerings, including the new Convertible and Region-scoped reservation types
    • All expired RIs, in case you need to see what was recently retired or look at your purchase history
    • All payment pending RIs (or payment failed RIs) to help troubleshoot
    • CSV export for sharing with colleagues or doing further analysis

  • Regional and Convertible Reservations: The Reserved Instance Planner provides basic support for Region-scoped RIs and Convertible RIs. Read more about the two new RI types and how to get started.
    • BUYS: We continue to recommend how many standard, AZ-scoped reservations to purchase -- now, taking into account coverage from any existing regional and/or convertible RIs. Purchase recommendations for the two new RI types is coming soon.
    • MODS: We make modification recommendations for regional RIs based on sizes (e.g. m4.xlarge -> 2x m4.large).
    • SELLS: We show underutilized reservations for both Regional and Convertible RIs.


September 2016

  • Tenancy: The Reserved Instance Planner provides recommendations for RI purchases and modifications in mixed-tenancy accounts (i.e. where you are running both shared and dedicated instances).


August 2016

  • Drag and drop layers: When building dashboard widgets, you can re-order columns for Tables and layers for Charts to best suit the view you want to build.

  • Sidebar: New sidebar design gives quick access to all of your starred dashboards.


  • Utilization reports: Relocated utilization reports from to to better reflect our nomenclature.
  • Widget editor: Improved keyboard navigation of the widget editor dimension and metric selectors, and visualization of filter operators (ANDs vs ORs).


  • Cost Metric: Updated default cost reports to use Cost (Total) instead of Cost (Total Blended). In most cases, Cost (Total) is the best metric to use for your cloud spend analysis (for AWS, Cost (Total) is the unblended cost). You can leverage the blended cost to see the total amount of money you've committed to RIs in a given month, but otherwise we generally recommend that you use Cost (Total) to get the results you expect in reports. Read more about the differences in these two metrics in our knowledge base.


July 2016

  • RI Amortization: The new Cost (Amortized) metric shows your Reservation sign-up charges on an accrual accounting basis, divided up each month across the term of the RI (the metric is calculated at an hourly-level of granularity). Read the full announcement here.


June 2016

  • Default dashboards and reports: Set and curate your default Dashboard, Cost Report, and Utilization Report. The setting is available on the Manage Dashboards and Manage Reports pages via the house icon. Admins can also set defaults for other users via the Add User/Edit User tools. Finally, you can delete the original dashboard that was created when you started your account.


May 2016

  • Single Sign-On: Allow users at your organization to sign in to Cloudability through your SSO Identity Provider (feature available for Enterprise plan accounts).


April 2016

  • Dashboard drilldowns: Find additional information for data on any dashboard chart by clicking on the chart to pin open the tooltip (locking it in place and making it interactive). Click again on the desired data series to drill-down into to a deeper report. Read the full announcement here.


February 2016

  • Dashboard duplication: Copy a dashboard shared with you to edit it, or to repurpose it.

Duplicate a Dashboard with icon in upper right:

Or, from the Manage Dashboards page:



Prior feature releases

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