Getting Started with Optima

Optima is a cost management and optimization solution that enables enterprises to cut cloud costs and ensure the ongoing efficient use of cloud resources across all of their business units, cloud accounts, clouds, and applications.

One of the biggest challenges when optimizing cloud costs is implementing recommended savings across large organizations where control of cloud accounts is decentralized. Optima offers a unique approach to cost management and optimization that enables cloud governance teams to work collaboratively with business units and cloud resource owners to reduce wasted cloud spend.

With Optima you can:

Get visibility into costs across all your clouds
Analyze costs by a variety of factors, including cloud provider, account, regions, data centers, applications, users, tags, and time periods.
Get scheduled reports on cloud spend delivered to your email inbox.
Create and export reports for chargeback and showback.
Forecast and budget for cloud costs by application, team, user, cloud, or other factors.
Set alerts when budgets are exceeded or projected to be exceeded.
Plan for and manage Reserved Instances

Before using Optima:

Configure your accounts by establishing Billing Data Connections to connect your cloud billing data to Optima
Create Billing Centers to allocate cloud costs to your teams and provide them access to their data
Prepare for Your Cost Optimization Assessment
Watch the Optima Training Videos

Optima documentation is organized into the following sections:

Optima Help Topics

Topic

Content

Getting Started with Optima

Before using Optima:

Configure your accounts by establishing Billing Data Connections to connect your cloud billing data to Optima
Create Billing Centers to allocate cloud costs to your teams and provide them access to their data
Prepare for Your Cost Optimization Assessment

Common Optima Controls

In Optima, there are many controls that are common across different pages. This page describes the common controls that you will find in many pages throughout Optima.

Optima Dashboards

This section describes Optima’s several dashboard options to analyze cloud cost information:

Default Dashboard
AWS Instance Analyzer Default
Resource Analyzer Default
Custom (New) Dashboard

Sample Optima Reports

This section describes the reports that you can create in Optima.

Cloud Provider Billing Data Instructions

Optima uses billing data to provide an accurate view of your costs across accounts and services. This data is consumed by the Optima platform and made available for pre-built and ad-hoc analyses. In order to gather the cost information, certain configuration steps must be performed with specific data and credentials being shared with Optima.

Optima Billing Centers Guide

This section describes the many features of Optima’s Billing Centers Guide.

Reserved Instances

This section shows information about your Reserved Instances for the selected organization for a 7-day rolling window (starting 9 days back).

Automated Optimization

Optima allows you to optimize cloud cost with a variety of automated optimization capabilities. These features identify savings opportunities, as well as help you set up automated actions to realize potential savings and prevent future waste.

Optima Recommendations

Optima Recommendations help you discover and realize saving opportunities to reduce your cloud spend.

Optima API

This section provides links to Optima’s bill connection and configuration APIs.

Cloud Comparison

Cloud Comparison is a tool that compares public clouds based on the features they offer.