What's New (SaaS)

March 16, 2020

AWS UPDATES

Improved Best Practice Report trend graphs

The 30 day trend graphs in the Best Practice Report have been updated to better reflect the day-to-day fluctuations in the number of issues identified within each check.

AZURE UPDATES

Azure Plan: Added support for Custom Credit Memos

We’ve updated the List of Accounts export to better support Azure accounts. You can download this CSV file from the main list of accounts page by clicking on the Admin Functions dropdown and selecting Save List of Accounts to CSV.

Notifications will now properly reflect updated credentials

In situations where invalid credentials have been updated, the notifications dropdown will now properly reflect that the credentials are now valid.

Scheduled invoices will reflect proper billing period

For classic CSP accounts, scheduled invoices will now display the proper billing period instead of calendar month. Please note that you still have the ability to choose a custom billing period, if you so choose.


March 3, 2020

AWS UPDATES

Savings Plan Cost Deallocation

Savings Plan Deallocation lets you revert discounts from accounts that benefited inadvertently from Savings Plans and change the usage to On-Demand. You can enable Savings Plan Deallocation on the Configure Custom Page under the Saving Plan Cost Allocation section. Selecting this option will impact your costs in Advanced Grouping, List Cost Analysis, invoices, Saving Showback, and Summary reports.

Modified CloudTrail Alert notification assignment

If a user enables a CloudTrail alert without configuring a notification option, the application will default to delivering the alerts to the email of the user who enabled the alert.

Improvements to EDP Marketplace rounding rows

We’ve made improvements to the way we process and display rounding rows for customers that have an EDP and have costs from the AWS marketplace.

Improvements to Credit filtering in Advanced Grouping

We’ve made some improvements to the way we are hiding/showing credits within the Advanced Grouping report.

AZURE UPDATES

Improved the Save List Of Accounts To CSV export

We’ve updated the List of Accounts export to better support Azure accounts. You can download this CSV file from the main list of accounts page by clicking on the Admin Functions dropdown and selecting Save List of Accounts to CSV.


February 18, 2020

AWS UPDATES

Better Notifications When Missing Account Friendly Names

We’ve added better notifications when we are unable to collect Friendly Account Names from AWS. This notification, which will display in the top-right corner of the application, will provide instructions on how to resolve this issue.

Improvements to EC2 Instance History Reports

Multiple improvements have been made to the EC2 Instance History reports (which can be found within the Inventory > EC2 menu), providing more consistent trending data.

Added Ability to Work with Organization Region Deny Policies

If you are leveraging policies within AWS Organizations to deny access to entire regions, your account can now be configured to properly collect data from the permitted regions. To take advantage of these capabilities, please contact support.

AZURE UPDATES

Added Support for Azure Plan

CSP customers can now configure their accounts to connect, and collect data from Azure Plan. Azure Plan will be a separate account type from classic CSP. To get started you will want to credential a new CSP account, choosing Azure Plan as the Partner Center billing version. All customer data under Azure Plan will be accessible through this account, while the customers that have yet to transition will still be available under the classic account.

Improved Schedule Invoice Decimal Precision

Scheduled invoices based off of saved filters, with “show precise values” enabled, will now display the proper number of decimals in the generated invoice.


February 4, 2020

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, February 04, 2020. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added PDF export to Total Compliance report

You can now generate a PDF export from the Total Compliance report, which can be found within the Compliance menu on the left-hand report navigation.

Improvements to Custom Best Practice Checks

Several improvements and fixes have been made to the Custom Best Practice check capabilities. Custom checks can be configured within the Security menu.

EC2 List of Reservation CSV Export Updated

The CSV export from the Cost > Reserved Usage > Inventory > EC2 > List of Reserved Usage report has been updated to better report on Upfront Fees.

Spot Usage Removed from EC2 Cost Comparison Reports

Both the EC2 Cost Comparison Summary and Cost Comparison Detail report will no longer include Spot usage in their comparisons.

AZURE UPDATES

Added Azure support to the change_monitoring/get_changes API call


January 20, 2020

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, January 20, 2020. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

API UPDATES

create_detailed_billing_grouped_filter_v2

Documentation for this call has been updated to provide clarity around which capabilities are available within each parameter.

AWS UPDATES

Custom Credits Displaying by Cost Type

Custom Credit memos will now display when filtering by List Cost within the Cost Summary reports found within the Cost > AWS Billing menu.

Messaging When Billing Month Is Awaiting AWS Finalization

The Cost > AWS Partner Tools > Files > Reprocess Billing Data menu will now inform users when a billing file is not finalized due to the invoice not yet being finalized by AWS.

Improved Drilldowns Within Inventory Summary Reports

Many of the charts within Inventory Summary reports were updated to more accurately filter on the data when drilling into a detailed report.

Multi-Account View IAM Role Report Building Improvements

Back-end performance improvements to make building the IAM Role Inventory report in large MAVs more reliable and performant.


January 07, 2020

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, January 07, 2020. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

API UPDATES

get_detailed_billing_with_grouping_by_currency

Returns better response when a request is for a query that has no data.

AWS UPDATES

Improved Payee Account With No Credentials Added Best Practice Check

Provides more accurate report on uncredentialed payee accounts during the AWS monthly rollover period. 

Performance Improvements for CloudTrail Data Collection

Improved back-end data collection infrastructure for CloudTrail that will result in faster processing.

Added the Ability to Exclude From Support Charge Calculation in Fixed Custom Charges

Added the Exclude From Support Charge Calculation checkbox to the Fixed Custom Charge type. When you go to Cost > AWS Billing > AWS Partner Tools > Configure > Custom Billing Charges, create a Fixed custom charge, and select that option, CloudCheckr will exclude the fixed charge from  the custom support charge calculation if you have enabled that feature. 

Added Messaging when Memory Metrics from Datadog is Not Configured Correctly

Added a message that identifies when CloudCheckr is trying to collect memory metrics from Datadog, but that collection is failing due to a configuration issue.

Configuration Option for RI Cost and Usage Allocation

Customers using the CUR as the source of billing data now have an option to assign RI cost and usage to the purchasing account or to the consuming account(s). The configuration setting is available in the UI on the Configure Custom Cost page or via the configure_custom_cost API.  The new options cannot be used in conjunction with RI Unsharing or with a cost basis of Blended.

Continued Savings Plans Implementation

Our team continues to make progress towards fully supporting AWS Savings Plans in our application.  You can stay up-to-date on our progress by reviewing our AWS Savings Plan topic.

AZURE UPDATES

EA Billing Collection Improvements

Improved the EA billing collection process to add resiliency and improve completion times.

Azure Inventory Ingestion Improvements 

Improved the resource inventory collection process to add resiliency and improve completion times.

Hid Cost Alerts from inventory Subscriptions

Hid cost alerts from Azure Inventory Subscriptions temporarily since the feature is not currently supported in those account types.  We will add these cost alerts back into the application in a future update once they have been properly implemented.


December 16, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, December 16, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Better error messaging when configuring the CUR

When attempting to configure the Cost and Usage Report within your account and encountering an error, you will now receive more precise messaging to help you resolve the problem. The new messages will inform you of situations such as, "Unable to locate the CUR manifest file" or "CUR Report Name cannot be empty", as well as many other responses.

Two new API calls:

  • add_custom_billing_charge_per_vm
  • add_custom_billing_charge_per_hour

December 09, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, December 09, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Updated Load Balancer Inventory Reports

Both the Summary and List of Load Balancer reports found within the Inventory > EC2 > Load Balancer menu have been updated to better report on ALBs and NLBs. The Summary report will now show the number of targets by Load Balancer type, while the Inventory report has been updated in many places to better report on Classic, ALBs, and NLBs.


November 18, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, November 18, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added 2 new custom charge types:

  • charge per instance hour
  • charge per VM

These new custom charge types can be accessed within the Cost > AWS Billing > Configure > Custom Billing Charges. Please note that these new charge types are only available for customers that are on the AWS Cost & Usage Report.

You can learn more about these new charge types here.

Improved Unused Elastic Load Balancers Best Practice Check

This check has been updated to better report on whether ALBs or NLBs were being used.


November 04, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, November 4, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added support for new EC2 instance types:

  • r5dn
  • r5n

October 21, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, October 21, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added support for ALBs and NLBs to the following best practice checks:

  • Load Balancers Without Access Log Enabled
  • Under-Utilized Elastic Load Balancers
  • Over-Utilized Elastic Load Balancers

October 07, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, October 07, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added support for ALBs to the following best practice check:

  • Elastic Load Balancers With HTTP Errors

AZURE UPDATES

Added the ability to unlock billing periods for child resellers from the parent reseller

Customers that have a tiered reseller configuration will now have the option to automatically unlock the child resellers when unlocking a billing period at the parent level. When unlocking a period within the Cost > Azure Partner Tools > Configure > Reload Usage Report, you will be presented with a pop-up asking whether you want to also unlock the child resellers as well.


September 23, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, September 23, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Updates to Assigned Credits

This update includes a significant improvement to the way we handle assigned credits, ensuring that the Advanced Grouping report will match the customer invoice.

If a credit is assigned to a Payee, that credit will now show up under all List Cost reporting, including Advanced Grouping & profit analysis. If a credit is hidden from Payees, that credit will NOT show up under all List Cost reporting including Advanced Grouping & profit analysis.

These changes will also impact how Business Support charges are determined. If a credit is hidden, it WILL NOT be included in the Business Support calculation. If it is assigned, it WILL BE included in the Business Support Calculation.

IMPORTANT: Credits will be hidden for historic months and will require a reload to be updated against these improvements.

You can find more information about this change in our  Assigned Credits FAQ.

Added new metrics to the CloudWatch Historical Export report:

  • ALB Request Count
  • NLB: Active Flow Count

Added support for ALBs and NBLs to the following Best Practice Check:

  • Elastic Load Balancers With Fewer Than Two Healthy Instances

AZURE UPDATES

Can Now Credential Gov CSP Accounts via CPV Application

To comply with the Azure CSP Security Model, we have modified the way we interact with your Gov partner center API. Moving forward, we will make requests through a Control Panel Vendor (CPV) application. To avoid an interruption with your account, you will need to update the credentials saved within your Gov CSP account(s). To update your credentials, login to your CSP account(s) and navigate to Account Settings > Azure Credentials from the left-hand navigation. From here, you will want to be sure you are on the CPV credential tab and begin the consent process.

NOTE: You only need to update your Gov CSP payer accounts. This change does not impact inventory subscriptions.

Handle subscription transfers within CSPs

When a subscription is moved from one CSP to another, the subscription is assigned a second Id, which is used for some data, while their previous Id was used for other types of data. This caused some inconsistencies with our reports. To resolve this, we will be mapping all data to the original Id, which will provide consistent cost data from the CSP to the subscription, for both current and historic data.

NOTE: If you have the ‘automatically create billing accounts’ setting enabled, you may see these subscriptions added again, with the original subscription Id. This will only be for subscriptions that have been transferred, and that have not been setup with an inventory account.


September 9, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, September 9, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

GENERAL UPDATES

Recently Viewed Reports Updated Is Now Per-User

When viewing the list of recently viewed reports, which is accessible in the left-hand navigation, you will now only see your own recently viewed reports. Previously, the list was built by whichever reports were last accessed in the account, regardless of the user accessing the reports.

AWS UPDATES

Idle Load Balancers BPC Now Supports ALBs and NLBs

The Idle Load Balancers Best Practice Check, which can be found under the Cost tab, now supports Application and Network Load Balancers, in addition to Elastic Load Balancers. All three will be reflected in the check output, identified by type.

Added Cost Explorer access to the CloudFormation Template for configuring accounts

The CloudFormation Template, which is used to provision the IAM cross-account role and required permissions, has been updated to include a new permission: ce:GetReservationUtilization

AZURE UPDATES

Updated Instructions for Adding Resource/Inventory Accounts

The steps to configure Azure Resource/Inventory accounts have been updated to ensure the user experience in the Azure portal matches the instructions, and that the proper permissions are being applied to the account.


August 27, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

GENERAL UPDATES

New High Security Environment Available

We now offer a high-security, fortified cloud environment, built to meet the most stringent regulatory compliance frameworks. This means faster approvals from an organization’s Information Security and Compliance teams. For Compliance Officers, there is less effort to audit compliance.

To learn more about this environment, please contact your administrative representative.

AWS UPDATES

Added Support for New EC2 Instance Types:

  • c5d.12xlarge
  • c5d.24xlarge
  • c5d.metal
  • c5n.metal

Added Support for New Region

  • AWS Middle East (Bahrain)

August 12, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, August 12, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added Support for Cost Explorer API

We now have the ability to ingest new datapoints from AWS using their Cost Explorer API.

With this update we've begun leveraging this API, implementing some small improvements in our cost reports. Other reporting capabilities will be updated to support these new datapoints in future updates. Details of these improvements will be shared here, with each update.

To gain the benefits that this new API integration offers, please update the permission policy attached to your IAM role.  

The permission needed within your IAM policy:

ce:GetReservationUtilization

AZURE UPDATES

New API Call:

  • modify_subscription_family

July 29, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, July 29, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Removed "reserved instance applied" description from list cost

With a recent update to the way the Detailed Billing Report (DBR) is written, AWS now includes the text "reserved instance applied" in the description for any cost that includes the use of a reserved instance. Because CloudCheckr can be configured to apply reserved instances in a different manner than they were written to the DBR, this could potentially cause confusion when reviewing cost reports or invoices. To resolve this, the "reserved instance applied" description will not be displayed when viewing the description column in a report based off of List Cost.

Added support for new EC2 instance types:

  • r5a.16xlarge
  • m5d.16xlarge
  • m5a.16xlarge
  • m5.16xlarge
  • r5.8xlarge
  • m5d.8xlarge
  • r5a.8xlarge
  • r5d.8xlarge
  • r5d.16xlarge
  • m5a.8xlarge
  • m5.8xlarge
  • r5.16xlarge

July 15, 2019

AWS UPDATES

Added ALBs and NLBs to 'Unused Elastic Load Balancers" Check

In addition to supporting Classic load balancers, the 'Unused Elastic Load Balancers' best practice check now also supports Application Load Balancers (ALBs) and Network Load Balancers (NBLs).

Improvement to Custom Charge configuration

When configuring custom charges, you will now have the ability to set the custom charge to automatically inherit future usage types. Two new checkboxes have been added to the configuration options labeled 'include all current and future EC2 Box' and 'include all current and future EC2 Heavy'. With these selected, all EC2 box and/or EC2 Heavy usage types will be selected from the filter list. And, if any new Box or Heavy usage types are added in the future, those will automatically be added to the custom charge. This prevents users from having to constantly update their custom charge as new usage types are added by AWS.

Two New API Calls

* get_aws_billing_configuration

* edit_aws_billing_configuration

AZURE UPDATES

Custom Credit Memos

You now have the ability to add custom credit memos within the Cost > Azure Partner Tools > Configure menu. Credits added here will be displayed in the cost reports that reflect credits.

July 02, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, July 02, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Option to show percent-based custom charges during month or at end of month

When configuring percent-based custom charges you now have the option to have the custom charges calculated and displayed with your cost reports as the month progresses (it will be updated with each new billing update), or have the charge calculated and presented at the close of the month.

NOTE: All existing custom charges will default to showing at the end of the month. You can edit these within your AWS Partner Tools > Configure > Custom Billing Charges menu. Also, all new custom charges will default to be calculated during the month. This can be modified while you are creating the custom charge (or any point after).

For more information, please see: Custom Billing Charges


June 17, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, June 17, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

New Report: Saving Showback

The new Saving Showback report was designed with enterprise customers in mind, showing you the value you provide by buying RI’s and negotiating discounts. The report has columns showing the savings accrued by your purchased reservations along with the impact of your custom charges. These costs will be broken down by service, with the ability to filter by accounts/account families, as well as by date.

This new report is available within the Cost > AWS Partner Tools > Report menu.

New Billing and Usage Configuration Process

The Edit Billing Bucket and Cost and Usage configuration pages have been combined into a single page, which can be found under the Account Settings menu.

This new page allows you to manage the following configuration items in a single location:

  • Configure the Cost and Usage Report (CUR)
  • Set the S3 billing bucket for the Detailed Billing Report (DBR)
  • Limit AWS Accounts
  • Manage Partner-Level Settings:
    • Automatically Register Payee Accounts
    • Hide Credits from Payees

AZURE UPDATES

Added support for additional Azure Advisor checks

  • Enable Soft Delete to Protect your Blob Data
  • Enable Virtual Machine Backup to Protect your Data from Corruption or Accidental Deletion
  • Use Availability Sets for Improved Fault Tolerance
  • Add at least 1 or more endpoints to a Traffic Manager Profile
  • Enable Network Security Groups on subnets
  • Enable Advanced data security on your SQL servers
  • Provision an Azure AD administrator for SQL server
  • Enable Network Security Groups on virtual machines
  • Require secure transfer to storage account
  • Require secure transfer to storage account
  • Restrict access of Internet-facing VMs’ permissive Network Security Groups
  • Restrict access to App Services (Preview)
  • Enable DDoS protection standard
  • Install a vulnerability assessment solution on your virtual machines
  • Enable virtual machine backup to protect your data from corruption and accidental deletion
  • Close management ports on your virtual machines
  • Delete Public IP address not associated to a running Azure resource
  • Restrict access to storage accounts with firewall and virtual network configurations (Preview)
  • Enable diagnostic logs in Key Vault
  • Enable diagnostics logs in Service Bus
  • Enable diagnostics logs in Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Enable Active-Active gateways for redundancy


June 04, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, June 04, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added support for i3en EC2 instances

Added support for the Hong Kong region


May 20, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, May 20, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

New Custom Charge Display Options

We have added a new configuration option when adding/editing Custom Charges within the AWS Partners menu. You will now have the ability to choose whether to have custom charges display within a service category (EC2, RDS, etc.), or as a separate service category.

Historically, discounts that spanned multiple services were combined, regardless of service category. For example a 10% charge on EC2 & RDS, was calculated as (EC2+RDS)*.10 and was given a new service category of "Custom Charge". Now, we have the ability to calculate (EC2.1)+(RDS*.10) and have those charges written to EC2 and RDS respectively, or continue to have them written to the "Custom Charge" category.

Added Support for t3a EC2 instances


May 06, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, May 06, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AZURE UPDATES

VM Launch Date Added to List of VMs Report

When viewing the List of VMs report within the Inventory module, you will now see a column option to display the Launch Date for each VM. You can also expan on any VM to see this value, which includes both the date and time that the VM was launched.


April 22, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, April 22, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

List of Load Balancers report updated to include ALBs and ELBs

The Inventory > EC2 > Load Balancers > List of Load Balancers report has been updated with a new column labeled 'Load Balancer Type'. This column will specify whether the Load Balancer is a Network or Application Load Balancer.


April 08, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, April 8, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Improved Handling of Automated EDPs

Customers that have their EDP discount automated by AWS will now have that discount automatically ingested as a credit. This allows the discount to be managed within the Assign Credits page, to show/hide or assign as desired. Customers who are not eligible to have their EDP discount modified will not be impacted by this change.

Date Selector Added to Lookup Resources

The Lookup Resources report (found within the Cost > Tags menu) has been updated to include user-defined Start and End dates. Any resources found within the selected date range will be returned.

Added Support for M5ad and R5ad EC2 Instance Types


March 25, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, March 25, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

New Advanced Grouping CSV Export Option: Chart-Only

You now have a new option when exporting data from the Advanced Grouping report into a CSV file: Chart-Only. This option will include the data from the chart as well as the summary totals, but will not include the grouping table in the output.

AZURE UPDATES

New Advanced Grouping CSV Export Option: Chart-Only

You now have a new option when exporting data from the Advanced Grouping report into a CSV file: Chart-Only. This option will include the data from the chart as well as the summary totals, but will not include the grouping table in the output.

Added Ability to Group by Week and Month to Advanced Grouping

Two new options have been added to the group by options within the Advanced Grouping report: By Week and By Month.


March 11, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, March 11, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

New Bill Prediction Method

We have re-written the algorithm that makes the monthly bill prediction, resulting in much more accurate predictions. You will see this prediction in the Cost Summary reports, such as the Single Day Summary and Billing Dashboard.

Ability to filter on Reserved Instances in Advanced Grouping Report

A new filter option has been added to the Advanced Grouping report which allows you to filter the data based on whether or not the costs originated from a Reserved Instance.

AZURE UPDATES

Ability to Aggregate by Week in Advanced Grouping

In addition to being able to aggregate the cost data by Day and Month, you now also have the ability to aggregate the data by week within the Advanced Grouping report.


February 25, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, February 25, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

GENERAL UPDATES

White Label Text Improvements

Some instances of text for white label customers has been updated for improved customer branding.

AWS UPDATES

CIS Benchmark Updates

Our CIS Benchmark report has been updated to map to CIS v1.2. These changes include re-mapping controls to a new control number.

Note that these are just cosmetic changes; the contents of these benchmarks have not been modified:

  • Control 1.9 moved from L2 to L1
  • Control 1.19 changed to 1.17
  • Control 1.22 changed to 1.20
  • Control 1.23 changed to 1.21
  • Control 1.24 changed to 1.22
  • Control 1.21 changed to 1.19
  • Control 4.3 changed to 2.9
  • Control 4.4 changed to 4.3

2 new Benchmarks (and corresponding Best Practice Checks) added:

  • 3.10: Ensure a log metric filter and alarm exist for security group changes
  • 4.4: Ensure routing tables for VPC peering are "Least access"

Update to Enterprise Support

When using the Enterprise Support option within Payee Support, we will now assign the Enterprise Support charges to all or selected accounts within your consolidated bill. This allows you to see your enterprise support charges throughout the month and have those charges allocated to the account(s) you choose.


February 11, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, February 11, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

New Report: Service Charge Breakdown

The new Service Charge Breakdown report was designed with enterprise customers in mind, showing you the value you provide by buying RI's and negotiating discounts. The report has columns showing the savings accrued by your purchased reservations along with the impact of your custom charges. These costs will be broken down by service, with the ability to filter by accounts/account families, as well as by date.

This new report is available within the Cost > AWS Partner Tools > Report menu.

Custom Charge Percent Charge by Service

In conjunction with the new Service Charge Breakdown report, we will now apply your percent-based custom charges per service. Historically, these custom charges were lumped together under a new Service named 'Custom', with no ability to see how much of the charge was from EC2, RDS, etc. Moving forward the charges will be applied to the corresponding service, but placed under a Usage Type named 'Custom'. This way you still have the ability to see your Custom Charges, but will be able to better report against spend by service.


January 28, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Monday, January 28, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

GENERAL

JIRA Added To Integrations

You can now have your alerts and best practice check notifications delivered to your JIRA project(s) through a JIRA (beta) integration app.  This app can be configured within the Account Settings > Integrations menu.  

NOTE: This JIRA (beta) integration will be available soon.

AWS UPDATES

Improved ability to export large datasets from Advanced Grouping

If you are exporting a report in Advanced Grouping to CSV that includes grouping for EC2 Instance Id, Resource Id, or you have more than 5 groupings, a back-end process will execute and deliver your CSV via email.  This prevents long wait times when trying to process the large dataset within the browser.

Access to the GSA Service Catalog

Through the Cost > AWS Partner Tools menu you now have access to the GSA Service Catalog.  This catalog provides you with a comprehensive list of all of the products, their SKUs, and their price from AWS.   You have the ability to filter and export the data from this report.

NOTE: This catalog will be available on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Improvements to the Unused ELBs Best Practice Check

The Unused ELBs Best Practice Check has been updated to more accurately report against application load balancers.

AZURE UPDATES

New CPV Authentication Model

To comply with the new CSP Security Model Microsoft Azure will begin enforcing soon, we have modified the way we interact with your partner center API.  Moving forward, we will make requests through a Control Panel Vendor (CPV) application.  To avoid an interruption with your account, once this new model is being enforced, you will need to update the credentials saved within your CSP account(s).  To update your credentials, login to your CSP account(s) and navigate to Account Settings > Azure Credentials from the left-hand navigation.  

NOTE: You only need to update your CSP payer accounts. This change does not impact Enterprise Agreement accounts or inventory subscriptions.

Additional series added to VM Right-Sizing

The VM Right-Sizing report has been updated to include the following VM series:

  • DC-series
  • Lsv2-series
  • NVv2-series
  • NDv2-series
  • NCv3-series
  • NCv2-series


January 08, 2019

CloudCheckr will be performing a scheduled system update on Tuesday, January 08, 2019. This update will roll-out new features and reports to the application.

There is no expected service outage during this update. However, it is recommended that users clear the cache or temporary internet files of their browser after the update. All new features and reports may not appear in your account until CloudCheckr performs its next update within your account(s).

Details of the update:

AWS UPDATES

Added Multi-Select Capabilities to Filters Within the following reports:

  • RDS RI Purchase Recommendation Report
  • Redshift Reserved Node Purchase Recommendation Report
  • DynamoDB Reserved Capacity Purchase Recommendation Report
  • ElastiCache RI Purchase Recommendation Report

Previously, the filter options required the user to input text. With this update, these are now multi-select options, making it easier for the user to select the filters they want and eliminate the possibility for error.

AZURE UPDATES

Added ability to CSPs to create cost alerts by Customer

CSP customers will now have additional filtering capabilities within their cost alerts that allow them to create alerts by Customer. These alerts can be configured within the Cost > Alerts > Manager menu.


You can find older CloudCheckr release notes by selecting from below:


How did we do?