What’s New (SaaS) – CloudCheckr Support 
 


November 18, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added 2 new custom charge types:

These new custom charge types can be accessed within the Cost > AWS Billing > Configure > Custom Billing Charges. Please note that these new charge types are only available for customers that are on the AWS Cost & Usage Report.

Improved Unused Elastic Load Balancers Best Practice Check

This check has been updated to better report on whether ALBs or NLBs were being used.


November 04, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added support for new EC2 instance types:


October 21, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added support for ALBs and NLBs to the following best practice checks:


October 07, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added support for ALBs to the following best practice check:

- Elastic Load Balancers With HTTP Errors

AZURE UPDATES

Added the ability to unlock billing periods for child resellers from the parent reseller

Customers that have a tiered reseller configuration will now have the option to automatically unlock the child resellers when unlocking a billing period at the parent level. When unlocking a period within the Cost > Azure Partner Tools > Configure > Reload Usage Report, you will be presented with a pop-up asking whether you want to also unlock the child resellers as well.


September 23, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Updates to Assigned Credits

This update includes a significant improvement to the way we handle assigned credits, ensuring that the Advanced Grouping report will match the customer invoice.

If a credit is assigned to a Payee, that credit will now show up under all List Cost reporting, including Advanced Grouping & profit analysis. If a credit is hidden from Payees, that credit will NOT show up under all List Cost reporting including Advanced Grouping & profit analysis.

These changes will also impact how Business Support charges are determined. If a credit is hidden, it WILL NOT be included in the Business Support calculation. If it is assigned, it WILL BE included in the Business Support Calculation.

IMPORTANT: Credits will be hidden for historic months and will require a reload to be updated against these improvements.

Added new metrics to the CloudWatch Historical Export report:

- ALB Request Count

- NLB: Active Flow Count

Added support for ALBs and NBLs to the following Best Practice Check:

- Elastic Load Balancers With Fewer Than Two Healthy Instances

AZURE UPDATES

Can Now Credential Gov CSP Accounts via CPV Application

To comply with the Azure CSP Security Model, we have modified the way we interact with your Gov partner center API. Moving forward, we will make requests through a Control Panel Vendor (CPV) application. To avoid an interruption with your account, you will need to update the credentials saved within your Gov CSP account(s). To update your credentials, login to your CSP account(s) and navigate to Account Settings > Azure Credentials from the left-hand navigation. From here, you will want to be sure you are on the CPV credential tab and begin the consent process.

NOTE: You only need to update your Gov CSP payer accounts. This change does not impact inventory subscriptions.

Can Now Credential Gov CSP Accounts via CPV Application

When a subscription is moved from one CSP to another, the subscription is assigned a second Id, which is used for some data, while their previous Id was used for other types of data. This caused some inconsistencies with our reports. To resolve this, we will be mapping all data to the original Id, which will provide consistent cost data from the CSP to the subscription, for both current and historic data.

NOTE: If you have the ‘automatically create billing accounts’ setting enabled, you may see these subscriptions added again, with the original subscription Id. This will only be for subscriptions that have been transferred, and that have not been setup with an inventory account.


September 09, 2019

GENERAL UPDATES

Recently Viewed Reports Updated Is Now Per-User

When viewing the list of recently viewed reports, which is accessible in the left-hand navigation, you will now only see your own recently viewed reports. Previously, the list was built by whichever reports were last accessed in the account, regardless of the user accessing the reports.

AWS UPDATES

Idle Load Balancers BPC Now Supports ALBs and NLBs

The Idle Load Balancers Best Practice Check, which can be found under the Cost tab, now supports Application and Network Load Balancers, in addition to Elastic Load Balancers. All three will be reflected in the check output, identified by type.

Added Cost Explorer access to the CloudFormation Template for configuring accounts

The CloudFormation Template, which is used to provision the IAM cross-account role and required permissions, has been updated to include a new permission: ce:GetReservationUtilization

AZURE UPDATES

Updated Instructions for Adding Resource/Inventory Accounts

The steps to configure Azure Resource/Inventory accounts have been updated to ensure the user experience in the Azure portal matches the instructions, and that the proper permissions are being applied to the account.


August 27, 2019

GENERAL UPDATES

New High Security Environment Available

We now offer a high-security, fortified cloud environment, built to meet the most stringent regulatory compliance frameworks. This means faster approvals from an organization’s Information Security and Compliance teams. For Compliance Officers, there is less effort to audit compliance.

To learn more about this environment, please contact your administrative representative.

AWS UPDATES

Added support for new EC2 instance types:

Added support for the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) region

AZURE UPDATES

Can Now Credential Gov CSP Accounts via CPV Application

To comply with the Azure CSP Security Model, we have modified the way we interact with your Gov partner center API. Moving forward, we will make requests through a Control Panel Vendor (CPV) application. To avoid an interruption with your account, you will need to update the credentials saved within your Gov CSP account(s). To update your credentials, login to your CSP account(s) and navigate to Account Settings > Azure Credentials from the left-hand navigation. From here, you will want to be sure you are on the CPV credential tab and begin the consent process.

NOTE: You only need to update your Gov CSP payer accounts. This change does not impact inventory subscriptions.


August 12, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added Support for Cost Explorer API

We now have the ability to ingest new datapoints from AWS using their Cost Explorer API.

With this update we've begun leveraging this API, implementing some small improvements in our cost reports. Other reporting capabilities will be updated to support these new datapoints in future updates. Details of these improvements will be shared here, with each update.

To gain the benefits that this new API integration offers, please update the permission policy attached to your IAM role.

The permission needed within your IAM policy:

ce:GetReservationUtilization

AZURE UPDATES

New API Call:


July 29, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Removed "reserved instance applied" description from list cost

With a recent update to the way the Detailed Billing Report (DBR) is written, AWS now includes the text "reserved instance applied" in the description for any cost that includes the use of a reserved instance. Because the application can be configured to apply reserved instances in a different manner than they were written to the DBR, this could potentially cause confusion when reviewing cost reports or invoices. To resolve this, the "reserved instance applied" description will not be displayed when viewing the description column in a report based off of List Cost.

Added support for new EC2 instance types:


July 15, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added ALBs and NLBs to 'Unused Elastic Load Balancers" Check

In addition to supporting Classic load balancers, the 'Unused Elastic Load Balancers' best practice check now also supports Application Load Balancers (ALBs) and Network Load Balancers (NBLs).

Improvement to Custom Charge configuration

When configuring custom charges, you will now have the ability to set the custom charge to automatically inherit future usage types. Two new checkboxes have been added to the configuration options labeled 'include all current and future EC2 Box' and 'include all current and future EC2 Heavy'. With these selected, all EC2 box and/or EC2 Heavy usage types will be selected from the filter list. And, if any new Box or Heavy usage types are added in the future, those will automatically be added to the custom charge. This prevents users from having to constantly update their custom charge as new usage types are added by AWS.

Two New API Calls


July 02, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Option to show percent-based custom charges during month or at end of month

When configuring percent-based custom charges you now have the option to have the custom charges calculated and displayed with your cost reports as the month progresses (it will be updated with each new billing update), or have the charge calculated and presented at the close of the month.

NOTE: All existing custom charges will default to showing at the end of the month. You can edit these within your AWS Partner Tools > Configure > Custom Billing Charges menu. Also, all new custom charges will default to be calculated during the month. This can be modified while you are creating the custom charge (or any point after).


June 17, 2019

AWS UPDATES

New Report: Service Charge Breakdown

The new Service Charge Breakdown report was designed with enterprise customers in mind, showing you the value you provide by buying RI’s and negotiating discounts. The report has columns showing the savings accrued by your purchased reservations along with the impact of your custom charges. These costs will be broken down by service, with the ability to filter by accounts/account families, as well as by date.

This new report is available within the Cost > AWS Partner Tools > Report menu.

New Billing and Usage Configuration Process

There is a new menu under Account Settings named Billing and Usage. This page combines the Edit Billing Bucket and Cost and Usage configuration into a single location where you can manage the following configuration items:

AZURE UPDATES

Added support for more Azure Advisor checks


June 04, 2019

AZURE UPDATES

Added support for i3en EC2 instances

Added support for the Hong Kong region


May 20, 2019

AWS UPDATES

New Custom Charge Display Options

We have added a new configuration option when adding/editing Custom Charges within the AWS Partners menu. You will now have the ability to choose whether to have custom charges display within a service category (EC2, RDS, etc.), or as a separate service category. Historically, discounts that spanned multiple services were combined, regardless of service category. For example a 10% charge on EC2 & RDS, was calculated as (EC2+RDS)*.10 and was given a new service category of "Custom Charge". Now, we have the ability to calculate (EC2.1)+(RDS*.10) and have those charges written to EC2 and RDS respectively, or continue to have them written to the "Custom Charge" category.

Added Support for t3a EC2 instances


May 06, 2019

AZURE UPDATES

VM Launch Date Added to List of VMs Report

When viewing the List of VMs report within the Inventory module, you will now see a column option to display the Launch Date for each VM. You can also expan on any VM to see this value, which includes both the date and time that the VM was launched.


April 22, 2019

AWS UPDATES

List of Load Balancers report updated to include ALBs and ELBs

The Inventory > EC2 > Load Balancers > List of Load Balancers report has been updated with a new column labeled 'Load Balancer Type'. This column will specify whether the Load Balancer is a Network or Application Load Balancer.


April 08, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Improved Handling of Automated EDPs

Customers that have their EDP discount automated by AWS will now have that discount automatically ingested as a credit. This allows the discount to be managed within the Assign Credits page, to show/hide or assign as desired. Customers who are not eligible to have their EDP discount modified will not be impacted by this change.

Date Selector Added to Lookup Resources

The Lookup Resources report (found within the Cost > Tags menu) has been updated to include user-defined Start and End dates. Any resources found within the selected date range will be returned.

Added Support for M5ad and R5ad EC2 Instance Types



You can find earlier updates here: