Cost Reports Overview


The Cost Reports page lists reports that help you analyze the data at a granular level. Cost is displayed in the currency and conversion rate as defined in Suite Admin (see Currency). Cost Optimizer classifies the data by cloud groups and displays them under the headings available in a dropdown menu in the Cost Reports page. Click Cost in the left tree pane to open the Cost Reports UI.

Cost Reports UI

The Cost Reports display graphical and textual views for cost data. You can view consolidated data for all clouds or billing units you can access or specify filter criteria to view specific data that you need. The following table explains the icons specific to Cost Reports UI. Some of these icons might be displayed for some reports only. See UI Behavior for details on icons in the UI.



Allows you to filter and view cost data for one or more of the following:

  • Billing units

  • Cloud families

  • Cloud groups

  • Regions

  • Invoice category

  • Invoice tags


Downloads the report in a .csv format.

Date Range

Choose a range to display the report.


Toggles graphical report display between a bar chart and a pie chart.


Allows you to send the report via email to recipients on the fixed date.

Cost Reports displays the following:

  • Total cost – Graphical view of costs

  • Cost per cloud – Expandable textual view of costs


Use Filter for an in-depth analysis by further granularizing the data to understand accurate cost consumption. The Filter panel allows you to filter reports based on a set of options, thereby allowing you to drill down to the exact details that you require. 

The values for billing units, cost groups, and cost group types are autopopulated from the Cost Groups configuration and from the cloud configuration for cloud families, cloud groups, cloud regions, and Inventory for invoice categories, cloud categories, and subcategories.

The AWS Govcloud account is considered as an IAM Account on AWS master or member account. The cost for AWS Govcloud account is reported against the master or member account and the Govcloud is displayed as a region. Therefore, when a cloud is added for AWS Govcloud with a Govcloud user account, no invoice report data is populated.

Advanced Options

The advanced options in Cost Optimizer are as follows:

  • Saving Filters

  • Scheduling Reports

Saving Filters

You can choose to save a combination of options in the Filter menu for future use through the Save Filters feature so that you can quickly access and use the filter at a later time. To save a filter, do the following: 

  1. Choose the required filter options in the Filter Panel pane.

  2. The Save button appears. The Save New Filter dialog appears.

  3. Specify a name for this filter and click Save. A status message appears indicating that the filter has been saved.

  4. You can access and view the saved filters from the dropdown list.

You can also perform the following additional tasks in the Filter menu:

  • Mark the filter as a favorite by clicking the pin icon next to the filter name.

  • Remove the chosen filters by choosing the Reset button at any point when saving the filter.

  • Delete the saved filter by clicking the Trash icon next to a saved filter name. Click OK in the Delete Saved Filter dialog to confirm the deletion.

Scheduling Reports

The Scheduler icon allows you to schedule report generation periodically on a fixed date or at intervals. To create a schedule, do the following:

  1. Click the Scheduler icon. The Schedule New Report Name dialog appears.

  2. Do the following:

    1. Enter a name for the schedule.

    2. Choose filtering options for the schedule from the Filtered By field. The information in this field is populated when you save the filtering options as described in the Advanced Filtering Options section. You can choose to select a filter or leave the field empty.

    3. Choose the date range.

    4. Select the recipients the report must be sent to.

    5. Specify the start date.

    6. Toggle on the Recurrence button to send the report at intervals.

    7. In the Repeats Every area, specify the number of times the report must be sent to the recipients and choose the interval – Daily or Weekly. if you choose Weekly, you can also specify the days of the week when the report is sent.

    8. Select the period to end the schedule. The options are:

      1. NeverSend report forever or until the schedule is deleted.

      2. On – Date when the report should be sent.

      3. After – Number of occurrences after which the report is not scheduled.

  3. Click Save. The report is displayed in the Scheduled Report Name dialog as shown in the sample screenshot below.

    Optionally, you can use the Edit option in the Actions column to make changes to the schedule. You can also delete the report using the Delete option.

    Click Done to close the dialog.

The following screenshot displays a sample email format of the report.

Date Range

The Date Range dropdown allows you to display costs and usage between time periods. The following table explains the date range options:

Date RangeDescription

Month to Date

Report for the current month ending with today.

Last 30 Days (Default)

Report for the past 30 days ending with today.

Last Month

Report for the previous month.

3 Months

Report for the past 3 months ending with today.

6 Months

Report for the past 6 months ending with today.

1 Year

Report for a year ending with today.


A custom range specified by the selected date, month, and year.

Custom Date Range

The Custom Date Range feature enables the ability to view cost reports and usage between specific date ranges. For example, you may want to ensure that a resource did not incur any costs during a specific interval (a specific week).

Choose the CUSTOM option in the date range dropdown to specify a range. When a date range is specified, the range appears in all reports that contain the Date Range dropdown. You can specify one date range only. You can choose any range between the past twelve months and the current month. When you choose a range for past months, the cost is calculated for the entire month. You must select the dates in the month to view the cost.

You can modify the range multiple times. The range is specific to a session and cannot be deleted. However, the range is removed when you log out of the application or when the application is reloaded. 

The format of the dates in the dropdown is determined by the chosen range. The following table explains the formats for the ranges:

Date RangeFormat in Date Range Dropdown

Greater than 1 day but less than 31 days

Days. Example: Jan. 29, 19 Feb 10, 19

Greater than 31 days but less than 31 months

Months. Example: Jan. 29, 19 – Feb 26, 20

Greater than 31 months

Years. Example: Jan 29, 19 – Apr 26, 21

To specify a custom date range, do the following:

  1. Click the Date Range dropdown and choose CUSTOM. The Custom Date Range dialog appears.

  2. To specify the start date, enter a date in the From field in the format displayed or click the calendar icon.

     Click backward and forward arrows to choose months in a year. To choose a year, click the arrow next to the Month/Year title and select the year.

    To specify the end date, enter a date in the field in the To field in the format displayed or click the calendar icon. 

  3. Click Apply

  4. Use the Edit icon to modify the range.

Cost Reports

The following cost reports are available in Cost Optimizer.

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