The public cloud infrastructure often results in unexplained charges, which make it challenging for organizations to plan future budgets. The Colony Cost Dashboard helps organizations understand their combined cost-provider charges so they can align their cloud strategy with their business strategy. The dashboard presents the cost details of a specific month that are associated with a single Colony Space.
The dashboard helps IT Administrators and DevOps managers track environment charges according to their business characteristics: purpose, owner, size, project and business initiative. Colony’s self-service portal ensures all environments are properly tagged and thus provides reporting within the context of the business properties.
You provide Colony access to the billing information from your cloud providers. Colony uses cloud provider tags to collect and aggregate the direct costs and filters the data according to the environments you set up. Each cloud account’s data is refreshed separately, every 24 hours.
After you configure the Cost Dashboard, it displays the details of the connected environments to that space during a specific month. The values are accurate as long as the cloud provider configuration is active. Because the cost field represents the cost of the selected month, at the start of each month all existing environments indicate zero cost. Sandboxes that were launched before the cost was configured will show a warning sign alerting the user to the metric difference.
The Environments Cost table displays information according to a specific time period. The time period is chosen at the top of the dashboard. It's easy to see in the table each environment's duration, cloud provider, activity it relates to, status (Active or Ended), blueprint, tag and owner. Add the cloud account, blueprint name or owner filters to the Environments Cost table to better correlate specific environment data.
The Cost Per Blueprint widget summarizes data from the Environments Cost table and displays the top six highest cost blueprints in your space according to activity during the relevant time period.
The 24 Hours Activity widget displays the number of environments active during a particular 24 hour period within the chosen month. By using this data you can identify the daily ebb and flow of your space's environments.