Commander’s cloud cost management capabilities provides cost visibility and cloud cost comparisons.
Commander tracks virtual asset costs in real time and provides effective IT chargeback or showback that you can act on. It also provides built-in cost calculation and simple-to-use wizard-based cost models that you can customize for both public and private infrastructure
Comprehensive reporting on virtual infrastructure costs and growth trends provides you with valuable information for budgetary planning and service placement decisions. And because Commander also supports multi-tenant cost configuration, you can present well-defined costs for different users, customers, or parts of your infrastructure.
Commander interfaces with third-party platforms for billing, service management, and asset management. Working with your existing billing system to invoice customers, the Commander API makes it easy to access VM billing records.
After you have performed the essential steps for Getting Started with Commander, you can begin to use Commander to manage your cloud account expenses.
The basic steps required to begin managing cloud expenses with Commander are:
- Configure Cost Models
Configure private cloud cost models and enhance the default public cloud cost models used for showback and chargeback.
- Check Recommendations
- Run the Cloud Billing Report
Calculate the accrued costs to date for all private and public cloud services.
- Run the Cloud Migration Planner Report
Assess the benefits of moving workloads and applying rightsizing recommendations.
- Run the AWS Reserved Instance (RI) Recommendations, Utilization, and Coverage reports
Achieve greater savings by optimizing the use of AWS RIs.
- Run the Azure Software Licensing Report
View your Windows OS and Azure SQL Server databases' usage of the Azure Hybrid Benefit, which can optimize your license cost savings.
- Go to the Cost Analytics Dashboard
View in depth and customizable costing details on your infrastructure.
Additional chargeback and IT costing topics
The following topics are related to chargeback and IT costing and may affect the costs that you want to manage:
- Service Costs
- Cost Configuration
- Calculate Custom Costs
- Organization quotas and costs
You can use the following reports to better realize chargeback and IT costs: