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Pulse dashboard

The Pulse dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of your cloud spend on both AWS and Google Cloud.

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Required Permissions: Cloud Analytics

Dashboard

To access the Pulse dashboard, select Pulse on your dashboard navigation bar.

The dashboard contains two parts: summary cards and preset report widgets.

Summary cards

The three summary cards show your high-level cloud spend patterns, including the amount of cost and the trend.

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The summary cards are updated every 12 hours.

This month spend

The card shows:

  • Amount: The total cost of the current calendar month so far.
  • Trend: How the spend of the current month compares with that of the same period in the previous month.

You can click the amount to open the associated report. The report shows your cost in the last 30 days and displays the top 20 services on the chart.

This month forecast

The card shows:

  • Amount: The ML forecast for your cloud spend by the end of the current calendar month.
  • Trend: How the forecast for the current month's spend compares with that for the next month.

You can click the amount to open the associated report.

30-day anomaly cost

The card shows:

  • Amount: The cost generated by anomalies (with severity level >= Warning) in the last 30 days.
  • Trend: How the cost of anomalies in the last 30 days compares with that in the same period before that.

You can click the amount to open the Cost anomalies page and check each anomaly.

Preset report widgets

The preset report widgets on the Pulse dashboard leverage different dimensions to highlight various aspects of your cloud spend.

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Widgets on the dashboard are updated every 12 hours by default. See Refresh report data for more information.

You can Open full report to check the report configuration or customize the preset report to create your own one.

Historical Costs and Forecast

The widget provides a high-level view of your costs in the last 12 months with forecast for the next 12 months. It's an aggregated view of your usage trend and the associated cost across your organization.

To avoid distorting this view, negative costs generated by Credit and Credit Adjustment items are excluded.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • ML Features: Forecast
  • Time Interval: Month
  • Time Range: Last 12 months
  • Group by: Cloud
  • Filters:
    • Metric filter: Cost not between -US$1.00 AND US$1.00
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

This Month vs. Last

The widget shows daily cost comparison between the current and the previous month. It allows you to see not only the cyclical/trending spend behavior within the months, but also the shifts in the recent past.

One-off purchases (SPs, RIs, CUDs) are included to reflect periodic reservation impacts, while Credits are excluded because they are usually a result of migration agreements and other non-repeatable situations.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • Time Interval: Day
  • Time Range: Last month to date
  • Exclude partial intervals: Yes
  • Group by: Year, Month
  • Filters:
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

Services Breakdown

The widget shows the top 10 services by cost in the last 30 days and allows you to drill down to each service's top 10 cost-generating SKUs. It can help you identify improvement opportunities according to the infrastructure load revealed by the report.

One-off purchases (SPs, RIs, CUDs) and Credits are excluded to avoid obscuring the high-level view.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • Time Interval: Day
  • Time Range: Last 30 days
  • Group by: Service, SKU
  • Filters:
    • Metric filter: Cost not between -US$1.00 AND US$1.00
    • Attribution: Not AWS RIs, SPs or AWS Support
    • Top/bottom results: ServiceLimit to top 10 by cost; SKULimit to top 10 by cost
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

Cost by Service

The widget shows the top 10 services by cost in the last 30 days. It allows you to quickly identify the usage patterns of certain services, as well as unusual costs that you may want to investigate.

One-off purchases (SPs, RIs, CUDs) and Credits are excluded.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • Time Interval: Day
  • Time Range: Last 30 days
  • Group by: Service
  • Filters:
    • Metric filter: Cost not between -US$1.00 AND US$1.00
    • Attribution: Not AWS RIs, SPs or AWS Support
    • Top/bottom results: ServiceLimit to top 10 by cost
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

Cost by Scope

The widget shows top 10 Google Cloud projects or AWS accounts by cost in the last 30 days. It allows you to quickly identify the activity patterns in your top accounts/projects, as well as unusual costs that you may want to investigate.

One-off purchases (SPs, RIs, CUDs) and Credits are excluded.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • Time Interval: Day
  • Time Range: Last 30 days
  • Group by: Scope(Project/Account)
  • Filters:
    • Metric filter: Cost not between -US$1.00 AND US$1.00
    • Attribution: Not AWS RIs, SPs or AWS Support
    • Top/bottom results: Scope (Project/Account)Limit to top 10 by cost
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

The widget shows services identified by our ML algorithms as trending (either trending up or down) in the last 60 days. It allows you to quickly identify services that are likely to get out of control, as well as specific SKUs that you may want to pay special attention to.

One-off purchases (SPs, RIs, CUDs) and Credits are excluded.

Report configuration:

  • Metric: Cost
  • Aggregation: Total
  • ML Features: Trending Up, Trending Down
  • Time Interval: Day
  • Time Range: Last 60 days
  • Exclude partial intervals: Yes
  • Group by: SKU, Service
  • Filters:
    • Metric filter: Cost not between -US$1.00 AND US$1.00
    • Attribution: Not AWS RIs, SPs or AWS Support
    • Top/bottom results: SKULimit to top 10 by cost
    • Cost type: Not Credit or Credit Adjustment

FAQ

Why the total cost in the Historical Costs & Forecast widget doesn't match the sum from the Cost by Service widget?

The widgets on the Pulse dashboard use different sets of filters. They do not match by default.

For example, the Cost by Service widget doesn't include AWS Support and RIs and SPs costs, while these costs are included in the Historical Costs & Forecast widget. In addition, the Cost by Service widget shows only the top 10 services by cost, potentially leaving out significant spend.

You can create new reports of your own to include items of interest and add them to custom dashboards if necessary.

Why the total cost shown in CloudHealth doesn't match that in the CMP?

The total cost in CloudHealth can't be compared with that in the CMP, especially not in a live view; there are a number of factors that effect the breakdown and the total costs.

  • CloudHealth and CMP ingest and process data at different times (in general data in the CMP is fetched more frequently and takes less time to process).

  • The impact of Flexsave on the bill is not visualized in CloudHealth.

  • Promotional credits are reflected in the CMP totals but not included in CloudHealth.

If you have questions regarding the differences, please open a support ticket .

Why do I see inconsistencies between widgets and their associated reports?

The reports always run against the current data, whereas the widgets are refreshed periodically. So there could be a delay between them.