August 12, 2019
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:
New API Call:
July 29, 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
- Configure the Cost and Usage Report (CUR)
- Set the S3 billing bucket for the Detailed Billing Report (DBR)
- Manage Partner-Level Settings:
- Automatically Register Payee Accounts
- Hide Credits from Payees
Added support for more Azure Advisor checks
- Enable Soft Delete to Protect your Blob Data
- Enable Virtual Machine Backup to Protect your Data from Corruption or Accidental Deletion
- Use Availability Sets for Improved Fault Tolerance
- Add at least 1 or more endpoints to a Traffic Manager Profile
- Enable Network Security Groups on subnets
- Enable Advanced data security on your SQL servers
- Provision an Azure AD administrator for SQL server
- Enable Network Security Groups on virtual machines
- Require secure transfer to storage account
- Require secure transfer to storage account
- Restrict access of Internet-facing VMs’ permissive Network Security Groups
- Restrict access to App Services (Preview)
- Enable DDoS protection standard
- Install a vulnerability assessment solution on your virtual machines
- Enable virtual machine backup to protect your data from corruption and accidental deletion
- Close management ports on your virtual machines
- Delete Public IP address not associated to a running Azure resource
- Restrict access to storage accounts with firewall and virtual network configurations (Preview)
- Enable diagnostic logs in Key Vault
- Enable diagnostics logs in Service Bus
- Enable diagnostics logs in Virtual Machine Scale Sets
- Enable Active-Active gateways for redundancy
June 04, 2019
Added support for i3en EC2 instances
Added support for the Hong Kong region
May 20, 2019
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
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
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
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