Common Optima Controls

Note:The content on this page applies to the new Optima capabilities only. New customers onboarded since January 15th, 2019 have access to this functionality by default. If you are a preexisting customer and would like access to the new Optima features, please contact your account manager. You can tell if you are enabled on these capabilities if you see a Tabular view tab in Billing Centers.

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.

Organization Selector
Left-hand Navigation
Product Selector
User Configuration
Give Feedback
Date Selector
Cost Type Selector
Dimension Selector

Organization Selector

Important:If you have access to only one organization, this control will not be visible (this access is very common).

Left-hand Navigation

The left-hand navigation provides one-click access to the top-level capabilities within Optima. Access to individual pages within the navigation are sometimes gated by certain roles or access to certain datasets.

The left-hand navigation menu can be collapsed/expanded using the handle control at the top-left of the screen.

Product Selector

Important:This control may be hidden if you have access only to Optima capabilities.

The product selector allows you to quickly navigate to other parts of the RightScale product, including Self-Service, Cloud Management, and Governance.

User Configuration

The user menu allows you to configure your user properties (including changing your password), get quick access to support and documentation, and logout of the platform.

Give Feedback

In the lower-left of Optima is an option to Give Feedback to the Optima team. This is a hugely beneficial capability for you and the Optima team - please use it freely to report issues, share ideas, ask questions, or just say hi.

Date Selector

Many of the Optima pages contain a date selector, which changes the time range to which the data on the current page applies. Click the date selector to open the picker. Some pages allow the granularity of data to be selected between Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, and Biannually. Other pages only support Monthly granularity but allow you to pick the time range from which to show data. A convenient list of common date selections (Shortcuts such as Past 3 months or Past Year) is provided on the right and can be set with a single click.

Each date selection query has its limits:

Daily = 31 day maximum
Monthly = 24 months maximum
Quarterly = 8 quarters maximum
Biannually = 2 year maximum

Once the data selector has been set, its configuration is saved as you navigate across other pages.

Cost Type Selector

Many pages offer the choice to view different cost types based on your use case. These options currently focus on amortizing one-time costs and on showing the AWS Reserved Instance blended costs. On any page with the cost type option, your selection will be reflected in the cost data on that page. On any page that doesn't have the option, the costs shown are blended, non-amortized.

Cost types in Optima are divided into the following categories:

Cost Amortization
Cost Blending (AWS only)

Cost Amortization

Amortizing costs is defined as taking one-time costs and spreading the cost out over the lifetime of the purchase. If such a cost were shown non-amortized, then the full cost of that item is attributed to the time of the purchase. If a cost were amortized, then the cost would be divided into all of the hours of the duration of the cost and shown in each hour.

The simplest example of such a cost would be an up-front purchase of a Reserved Instance. Let's assume we purchase a 1-year Reserved Instance from AWS on January 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. and it cost us $15,000. Here is how that purchase will be shown under both scenarios:

non-amortized - the full $15,000 shows in cost data on Jan 5, 2018.
amortized - the full cost is divided by the number of hours in the lifespan of the item (there are 8,760 hours in a year), and the result is attributed to each hour in the lifespan. In this case, we would see a $1.71 charge on every single hour between Jan 5, 2018 3:00 p.m. and Jan 5, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Cost Blending (AWS only)

Cost blending is a cost reporting approach that is used by AWS to spread the discounts from Reserved Instances over all applicable instances. In Optima, you can choose whether to see costs that are blended or unblended.

Unblended costs are savings from reserved instances that are applied first to matching instances in the account where it was purchased.
Blended costs are savings from reserved instances that are shared equally by all matching instances in all accounts.

To learn more about cost blending in AWS, see their documentation on Blended Rates and Costs.

Dimension Selector

Dimension refers to labels or metadata associated with items in your bill. Some dimension examples include category, service or resource type.

On pages with a dimension selector, it is used to break down the costs on the given page. In some pages there is only one option to choose from while other pages allow multiple dimensions to be selected. The selected dimension is used to break down the costs in some graphs on the page.

Optima offers the following types of cost dimensions:

RightScale-generated Cost Dimension: Category
Cloud Provider Bill-based Cost Dimensions
Custom Cost Dimensions