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Viewing monthly usage and charges

This topic shows you how to view monthly usage and spend, including actual and committed charges.

The Monthly Charges Summary card shows a month-by-month breakdown of HPE GreenLake charges set in your contract, in the display currency of the HPE Consumption Analytics tenant. The chart lets you view your projected total spend for the current month, based on actual usage month-to-date plus any top-up charges (which represent the difference between actual spend and minimum commitment, if the latter applies to your contract).   The report includes HPE GreenLake non-metered services and private cloud services, if there are any in the billing account. 

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If you have multiple HPE GreenLake accounts sharing one HPE Consumption Analytics tenant, the Monthly Charges Summary displays the sum of the charges for all of the accounts.  If the accounts use different billing currencies, all amounts are converted to USD for aggregation.

You can navigate to the full report in your dashboard to view more detail, on a per meter basis, for the selected account.  A meter represents a contractual item for which commitments and rates are defined (i.e., a service you're being charged for).  In the report page, you can change the month, and the billing account displayed, if you have access to more than one.

The following sections explain the card chart and the report page in more detail.

Understanding the summary chart

The Monthly Charges Summary card displays a column chart showing total charges for each month. When you hover the mouse pointer over a month on the chart, a tooltip shows you the actual usage charges, top-off charges (if any), and total charges, month-to-date:

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Top-off charges are special usage records that enable you to account for your total cost including committed capacity.  For each meter for which actual usage in a given month hasn’t reached its contractual commitment, a top-off usage record is created for the difference between actual usage and committed capacity, allowing you to view the minimum cost for the meter for which you're responsible that month.  Every day during the current month, the top-off usage is recalculated based on the additional day of actual usage that’s been added.  So, as the month progresses, the top-off record for each meter shrinks, disappearing altogether if actual usage surpasses the commitment.

Top off records remain in previous months if the actual usage doesn't equal or exceed the minimum commitment by the end of the month.


You can navigate to the full report in your dashboard by clicking the Details link in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  

Viewing the Monthly Charges report

The full page view shows more detail, on a per meter basis, for the selected account.  The report lets you view the actual usage and anticipated charges for each item in your HPE GreenLake contract. The results are sorted based on location (if applicable), group (e.g., service category), and meter: 

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You can expand or collapse the detail for any group or meter.  The detail rows for each meter are collapsed by default.   By default, location (if applicable) and group are expanded, and the subtotal shown for each.  An overall total is displayed at the bottom of the report. 

When you expand the detail rows for a meter, you can view the actual usage and anticipated charges for that meter, and compare those to the corresponding requested, installed, and committed capacities (as well as minimum contractual capacity, where applicable):

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Each meter's costs are subtotaled.  

You can change selection options as follows:

  • You can select a different billing account from the dropdown list, if you have access to more than one
  • You can select a different month for the report
  • If the meter supports capacity planning, and its capacity units differ from its billing units, you can select Capacity units (the default for units is Billing units).

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By default, location (if applicable) and group (e.g., service category) will be expanded, and meters will be collapsed.   You can collapse or expand locations, groups, and/or meters using the + or - icon at left in each row.

You can drill down to the detail for a given meter by clicking on the desired row.  The detail displayed may vary by service category (VM, in this example):

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Each time you update the report - for example, by selecting a new period - location (if applicable) and group will default to expanded, and meters will default to collapsed.

Exporting the report

You can export the full report to a PDF by clicking the Export to PDF button to the right of the Units selection field.

In the PDF all rows will be expanded, by default:

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