Documentation and Best Practices

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


Use Transaction Types to split variable vs. recurring charges

When looking at a large cloud bill, it can sometimes be challenging to determine how much of your spending is due to variable usage (e.g., on-demand instances) as compared to recurring monthly charges (e.g., support and RI hours) vs. one-time charges (e.g., RI sign up charges).

The Transaction Type dimension allows you to break out spending into the following categories:

- Usage charges (e.g., on-demand instance usage, storage and data transfer)

- Recurring charge (e.g., support and monthly prepaid RI hours)

- One time charges (e.g., RI sign up charges)

- Credits (e.g., discounts)

- Taxes (e.g., VAT or regional taxes)

By adding the dimension to a Dashboard Widget you can see how your charges breakdown over the time period selected:

You can add Transaction Type as a dimension to Cost Analytics reports. Sample report:

Drill into any of these charges by adding related Dimensions like Product Name or Compute Usage Type. Sample report:

Finally, be sure to set your Preferences around excluding certain types of spending from your Cloudability cloud spending summary emails.

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