Register an individual Azure subscription and view cost data

You use your Azure subscription to 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.

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 Cost Management 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 and then select Azure Individual Subscription Owner and then click Next. Your account name and Tenant ID is automatically added to the form.
    Trial registration page where you enter your registration information
  5. Select your Offer ID - Name associated with your subscription. If you're unsure of what your Rate ID is for your subscription, you can view your Azure bill and look for Offer ID.
  6. Agree to the Terms of Use then validate your information and then click Next.
  7. In the Gather additional data page, click Next to authorize Cloudyn to collect Azure resource data. Data collected includes usage, performance, billing, and tag data from your subscriptions.
    Gather additional data page where you authorize Cloudyn
  8. Your browser takes you to the sign in page for Cloudyn. Sign in with your Azure subscription credentials.
  9. Click Go to Cloudyn to open the Cloudyn portal and then on the Accounts Management page, you should see your Azure subscription account information.
    Accounts Management page showing Azure subscription information

To watch a tutorial video about registering your Azure subscription, see Finding your Directory GUID and Rate ID for use in Cloudyn.

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 Azure subscription 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.