Register with the CSP Partner program and view cost data

As a CSP partner, you can register with Cloudyn. Your registration provides access to the Cloudyn portal. This quickstart details the registration process needed to create a Cloudyn trial subscription and sign in to the Cloudyn portal. It also shows you how to start viewing cost data right away.

Note

Only CSP Direct partners and CSP Indirect Providers can complete Cloudyn registration.

Configuring the Partner Center API is required for authentication and data access. A Partner Center Global Administrator account is needed to provision API access. For more information, see Connect to the Partner Center API.

Access to Cloudyn can be made available to CSP Indirect Resellers after their CSP Indirect Provider registers with Cloudyn. CSP Indirect Resellers can then provide Cloudyn access to Azure customers and subscriptions.

Sign in to Azure

Register with Cloudyn

  1. In the Azure portal, click Cost Management + Billing in the list of services.
  2. Under Overview, click Cloudyn
    Cloudyn page shown in the Azure portal
  3. On the Cloudyn page, click Go to Cloudyn to open the Cloudyn registration page in a new window.
  4. On the Cloudyn portal trial registration page, type your company name, select Microsoft CSP Partner Program Administrator, and then click Next.
  5. Enter an Application ID, Commerce ID, Application Secret key, and select the Default Pricing Plan. If you don't have the information handy, sign in to the Partner Center portal at https://partnercenter.microsoft.com with your primary administrator account and do the following steps:
    1. Go to Dashboard, click the Settings symbol, click Partner settings, and then click App Management.
    2. If you have previously created a Web App, skip this step. Otherwise, click Add new web app in the Web App section.
    3. Copy the App ID GUID from your web application.
    4. Copy the Commerce ID GUID from your web application.
    5. Select the key validity duration as one or two years, as needed. Select Add key and then copy and save the secret key value.
      Partner Dashboard where you copy credential information
    6. Go back to the Cloudyn registration page and paste the information.
      Paste credential information in the Cloudyn registration page
  6. Agree to the Terms of Use then validate your information. Click Next to authorize Cloudyn to collect Azure resource data. Data collected includes usage, performance, billing, and tag data from your subscriptions.
  7. Under Invite other stakeholders, you can add users by typing their email addresses. When complete, click Next. It takes about two hours for all your billing data to get added to Cloudyn.
  8. Click Go to Cloudyn to open the Cloudyn portal and then on the Cloud Accounts Management page, you should see your registered CSP account information.

Configure indirect CSP access in Cloudyn

By default, the Partner Center API is only accessible to direct CSPs. However, a direct CSP provider can configure access for their indirect CSP customers or partners using entity groups in Cloudyn.

To enable access for indirect CSP customers or partners, follow the steps in Register with Cloudyn to set up a trial registration. Next, complete the following steps to segment indirect CSP data by using Cloudyn entity groups. Then, assign the appropriate user permissions to the entity groups.

  1. Create an entity group with the information at Create entities.
  2. Follow the steps at Assigning subscriptions to Cost Entities. Associate the indirect CSP customer’s account and their Azure subscriptions to the entity that you create previously.
  3. Follow the steps at Create a user with admin access to create a user account with Admin access. Then, ensure the user account has admin access to the specific entities that you created previously for the indirect account.

Indirect CSP partners sign in to the Cloudyn portal using the accounts that you created for them.

View cost data

Azure Cost Management by Cloudyn provides you access to all of your cloud resource data. From the dashboard reports you can find both standard and custom reports in a tabbed view. The following are examples of a popular dashboard and a report that show you cost data right away.

Management dashboard

In this example, the Management dashboard shows consolidated costs for the Contoso business across all their cloud resources. Contoso uses Azure, AWS, and Google. Dashboards provide at-a-glance information and are quick way to navigate into reports.

If you're unsure of a report's purpose in a dashboard, hover over the i symbol to see an explanation. Click any report on a dashboard to view the full report.

You can also view reports using the reports menu at the top of the portal. Let's take a look at Contoso's Azure resource spending over the last 30 days. Click Costs > Cost Analysis > Actual Cost Analysis. Clear any values if there are any set for tags, groups, or filters in your report.

Actual Cost Analysis

In this example, $122,273 is the total cost and the budget is $290,000.

Now, let's modify the report format and set groups and filters to narrow results for Azure costs. Set the Date Range to the last 30 days. In the top right, click the column symbol to format as a bar chart and under Groups, select Provider. Then, set a filter for Provider to Azure.

Actual Cost Analysis filtered

In this example, the total cost of Azure resources was $3,309 over the last 30 days.

Right-click the Provider (Azure) bar and drill down to Resource types.

drill down

The following image shows the costs for Azure resources that Contoso incurred. The total was $3,309. In this example, about half of costs were for Standard_A1 VMs and about the other half of costs were for various Azure services and VM instances.

resource types

Right-click a resource type and select Cost Entities to view cost entities and the services that have consumed the resource. In the following example image Locally Redundant Storage is set as the Resource type. Contoso|Azure/Storage consumed $15.65. Engineering|Azure Storage consumed $164.25. Shared Infrastructure|Azure/Storage consumed $116.58. The total cost for the services is $296.

cost entities and services

To watch a tutorial video about viewing your cloud billing data, see Analyzing your cloud billing data with Azure Cost Management by Cloudyn.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you used your CSP information to register with Cloudyn. You also signed into the Cloudyn portal and started viewing cost data. To learn more about Cloudyn, continue to the tutorial for Cloudyn.