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Introduction to budgets

Administrators can create budgets to control spending for one or more enterprises and providers. The platform evaluates budgets using the daily cost and usage data that it also displays on the Hybrid cloud billing dashboards. 

Budgets can trigger action plans when costs pass a certain threshold. A use case for this feature might be “When an enterprise has consumed 50 % of its budget amount in AWS, send an email to the System Administrator.”

Display budgets

To display budgets:

Privileges: Access budgets section, Manage budgets

  1. Go to ControlBudgets
  2. Select the enterprise that the budget was created in OR select All

Create a budget

Before you begin:
  1. Check that you have Hybrid cloud billing dashboards that obtain cost and usage data from the cloud provider. The platform will use this data to evaluate the consumption of the budget 
  2. Create action plans for your budget to run. See Manage Action Plans

To create a budget:

Privileges: Access budgets section, Manage budgets, View enterprise hierarchy

  1. Go to Control → Budgets
  2. Click the + add button
  3. Enter general information as described here




    The name of the budget


    The total amount of the budget and the currency. By default use the currency of the pricing model of the main enterprise. If an enterprise in the hierarchy has a different currency and a conversion_factor enterprise property, perform a conversion.

    Start date

    Enter the date to activate the budget.

    End dateOptionally enter an end date
    Reset cycle

    Select an option to reset the budget after each month, quarter, year, or never.

    The reset cycle begins at the budget start date. So a budget starting on the 15th day of the month would be reset on the 15th day of the next month

  4. Go to Apply budget and click the + add button to add enterprises and providers that the budget will apply to.

    The following table describes how to add enterprises and providers.




    Apply the budget to this enterprise. If the user has the privilege to View enterprise hierarchy, then the user can also select enterprises from the scopes beneath their scope in the hierarchy.


    Select the providers. Note that you can select all providers or a specific provider for each enterprise.

  5. Go to Action plans and click the + add button to add action plans.

    The following table describes how to add action plans.




    Enter the percentage of budget consumption that will trigger the action plan

    Action plan

    Select an action plan to run when the consumption reaches the trigger level. This functionality is designed to make use of the email notifications from action plans but you can select any action plan.

  6. After you add the action plans, to prevent budget actions , select the Mute checkbox

Currency conversions

This feature uses the conversion_factor enterprise property to convert between currencies. You should assign this property to any customer of a reseller that is using a different currency, to enable the conversion to be carried out. If the platform cannot find the conversion factor property, it will use the default value of 1. The platform always uses the latest value of the conversion factor, and it does not store previous values. If you change the conversion factor, then the platform will use the latest value to calculate the consumption.

Edit a budget

When you edit a budget, you can change the name, and the amount and currency. You can also change the entities that the budget applies to and the action plans that it will trigger.

Change the elements that a budget applies to

If you add or delete an enterprise, the platform will recalculate the amounts consumed by each enterprise. If you remove an enterprise, the platform will consider the amount already consumed by the enterprise. The platform will exclude the enterprise from the next billing cycle.

Edit action plans and mute notifications

When you make changes to the trigger amount or the action plans, the changes will not take effect until the next time the platform evaluates the amount consumed by the budget.

To stop a budget from sending notifications after you reach a consumption threshold, select the Muted checkbox.

Delete a budget

To delete a budget:

  1. Go to Control → Budgets
  2. Select the budget
  3. Click the trash delete button

Display budget data on the Home view dashboard

To add a widget to your Home view dashboard, see Manage Dashboards and Dashboard widget catalog#Budget.

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