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Documentation - HPE Usage and Analytics

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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Understanding top-off charges

Top-off charges are special usage records that enable you to account for your total cost including committed capacity.  These records represent the difference between the amount you'll be billed at the end of the period and the amount you've spent to date. 

{{hpe_ca} creates a top-off usage record for the difference between actual usage and committed capacity for each meter, so you can view the minimum cost for which you're responsible that month.  The top-off usage is recalculated daily based on the additional day of actual usage that’s been added.  So, as the month progresses, the top-off charges for each meter are consumed by actual usage, disappearing altogether if actual usage surpasses the contractual 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.

Viewing the Monthly Charges report

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

The detail rows for each meter are collapsed by default.  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).  

The value in the Actual Usage % row shows actual usage as a percentage of requested capacity.

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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). 

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 amount in the Actual usage row: 

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Viewing detailed usage

The table in the Detailed Usage overlay shows the daily usage at the resource (component) level for the selected account, meter, and period. 

  • The total actual usage for the period, and the number of days of estimated usage (if any) are shown above the table. 
  • The daily usage is shown in the Total row at the bottom of the table. 
  • In each row, a line chart snippet gives a visual indication of the actual usage for the resource (component) over the selected period.
  • In the Totals row at the bottom of the table, a color-coded delta shows whether the total usage for each day is higher or lower than the previous day.

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  • The columns displayed to the left of the daily columns vary by service; they correspond to the component columns shown in resource configuration for the service.
  • 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 detailed usage

You can export the usage detail to a CSV file by clicking the Export to CSV button below the table.

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A popup message will display when the export to your local Downloads folder is finished; you can then open the file in Excel.

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Exporting the report

You can export the full report to a PDF or CSV file by clicking the Export button at the top of the report, then selecting to PDF or to CSV from the drop-down list.

In the PDF, all rows are expanded, by default:

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The data in the CSV file is ungrouped:

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