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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 widget shows a month-by-month breakdown of HPE GreenLake actual spend and the committed charges set in your contract, in the display currency of the HPE Consumption Analytics platform tenant  The chart lets you view the projected total spend for the current month, based on actual usage month-to-date plus top-up charges (which represent the difference between actual spend and minimum commitment).  It also displays the monthly actual usage and top-up charges for up to eight previous months. 

The summary above the bar chart shows the month-to-date total usage and the projected total amount for the month.

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If you have multiple HPE GreenLake accounts sharing one HPE Consumption Analytics platform 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.

For more detailed information at the meter level, you can display the full Monthly Charges page in your HPE GreenLake Central dashboard.  A meter is defined in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform as a contractual item for which commitments and rates are defined - i.e., a service you're being charged for.

For more about meters, see Using HPE Consumption Analytics with HPE Greenlake in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform online documentation.

In the report page, you can change the month, and the billing account displayed, if you have access to more than one. And you have the option to open the page in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform to group, sort, and/or filter your results. 

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

Understanding the summary chart

The Monthly Charges Summary widget displays a stacked bar chart.  As mentioned earlier, the stacks sum to the minimum committed capacity for the month. The bottom stack represents actual usage, and the top stack represents top-off charges

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.

When you hover the mouse pointer over a month on the chart, a tooltip shows you the month-to-date actual usage charges (and the month-to-date top-off charges, if any): GLC_dash_mo_chgs_fig2_tooltip.png

Max shrink is set to 100% for all HPE GreenLake provisioned services, unless otherwise explicitly specified in the contract.

For more information on minimum committed capacity and shrink rules, see Understanding Minimum Contractual Capacity in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform online documentation.

Viewing the report

You can navigate to the full report in your dashboard by clicking the Detail View link in the bottom right hand corner of the widget.

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, and meter. 

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Each meter's costs are subtotaled; costs are also subtotaled by group.  An overall total is displayed at the bottom of the report.

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.

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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 (storage, 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 (e.g., service category) will default to expanded, and meters will default to collapsed.

As shown in the example above, the report displays HPE GreenLake non-metered services and private cloud services, if there are any in the billing account. 

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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Accessing the Monthly Charges page in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform

If you need to use the full functionality to group, sort, or filter your results, you can use the launch icon in the upper right corner of the widget to open the Monthly Charges page in your HPE GreenLake Customer View screen in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform.  

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  • You will be logged into the HPE Consumption Analytics platform via Single Sign-on (SSO).
  • If you've visited this page in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform before, the page will display based on your previous selections, groups, and/or filters; else the first billing account in the list will be shown.
  • For help with the Monthly Charges page in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform, see Monthly Charges in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform online documentation..