You probably check your Azure spend once a month to make sure things are on track. But what happens if things go off track when you’re not looking? Or if some recent changes quickly start racking up big charges? We’ve got you covered. We’re thrilled to announce the release of three new Azure spending alerts in the Cloud Management Portal that will help you keep an eye on things – even when you’re not.
The CMP now allows you to set and maintain spending threshold and trend-based alerts activated by your specific needs. These alerts can be tailored to target specific subscriptions, Azure tags and resource groups or Cost Centers, Departments and Projects that you establish within CMP. This flexibility allows you to stay on top of specific areas of concern without being overwhelmed by alert-related noise.
When an alert is triggered, you’ll receive an email and you will see a notice in the utility navigation of the CMP.
Alerts and the related notifications are all managed in our new Alert Center. This allows you to see the details of any alert you’ve received but also to take a look at patterns or trends in the alerts you get.
Our alerts include:
- Spending Threshold Alerts
The threshold alert notifies you when your spend has exceeded a specified amount. You set the threshold amount and the period of the alert (daily, weekly, monthly or even quarterly). These alerts can be set against your entire company, a specific subscription, Azure tag or resource group, or a Project, Department or Cost Center defined in CMP
- Spending Trend Alerts
It’s normal for your Azure spend to increase over time. Our trend-based alerts allow you to watch out for sharp jumps in your spend over a given week or month. You can monitor a specific entity or the spend for your entire company and we will alert you when that expenditure increases by more than the percentage you specify.
- EA Balance Alerts
For our EA customers, we’ve already created an alert that will go out to EA Owners when the EA balance reaches $0. You can modify this or create new EA Balance alerts to be notified at different milestones in your spend.
Creating the alerts is easy and you can edit them at any time. When you create an alert, you are automatically subscribed to receive notices but you can add colleagues or email addresses for team inboxes and support queues if you want to ensure that someone at your organization sees the alerts immediately. To control noise, you can also deactivate alerts to put them on hold and then reactivate them when you are ready again.
So, set those alerts and then rest easy. We’ve got your back. As always, we’re happy to help if you run into trouble or have any questions. Just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.