Managing infrastructure spend across cloud services is a universal challenge for organizations around the world. Teams want to know that their investments in services are driving business value. How much are we spending every month? Where are we spending the most within a given product or service? Are there outliers in our spending we need to take a closer look at? Are there changes that could reduce costs without a negative impact?
These are just a few of the many questions you can answer about your Atlas services with the new billing dashboard built on Atlas Charts.
Most modern software services give you the basic tools needed to track spending. Information such as: monthly cost, next payment date, billing period, cost by product and/or sub product, past invoice access, and saved payment methods are all common. Atlas itself offers all of these options and more – you can read all about this in our billing page documentation.
For digging in even further, that’s where the billing dashboard on Atlas Charts becomes useful. The billing dashboard provides a dedicated space for additional insights into your Atlas spending and it requires minimal setup. If you’re ready to dive in, check out our Github repository for setup instructions, or read on below to learn more about how the dashboard works and how it can help your team find new insights into your Atlas spending.
Visualizing your billing data with Atlas Charts
The billing dashboard is available as an open source Github project, containing a Realm app to ingest billing data from the Atlas Billing API, an Atlas Charts dashboard to visualize the data, and scripts to help you set this up within your own Atlas organization.
If you’re not familiar, Realm is our fully managed solution for edge-to-cloud sync and backend services for quickly building web and mobile apps. Atlas Charts is our native data visualization tool. Charts gives teams the ability to build dashboards from cluster data to quickly answer general questions about your business, to investigate specific questions or issues in your application data, to share dashboards with stakeholders on your team, or even to embed visualizations into your internal or external applications.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about setup and see some of the built-in functionality and benefits:
The solution comes with a ready-built dashboard that will answer many common questions about your cloud spend. Aggregate metrics such as current monthly spend, your previous month’s spend, and yearly spend provide an overview of your data.
Detailed charts break down your projects, clusters, and product categories (i.e. instance, backup, and data transfer) across different time horizons to take your analytics a level deeper.
Many Atlas customers further customize charts, and build new charts and dashboards leveraging the same underlying billing data. The dashboard gives you complete flexibility to track the metrics that are most important to your business. For organizations with many projects and clusters inside of Atlas, this flexibility can be invaluable in identifying opportunities to optimize the use of MongoDB.
The set up process was recently updated to greatly simplify the steps required to get started. Check out the Github repo for step-by-step instructions.
Upleveling your billing insights, for free
Gaining additional insight into your Atlas billing will make your team confident that you are doing all you can to best manage your infrastructure spending with MongoDB Atlas. We want you to get the most out of MongoDB, while spending the least!
If you need help getting started, feel free to reach out to your customer success manager (CSM). MongoDB’s customer success team works with customers every day to ensure they get the most of the Atlas platform. If you don’t have a CSM and would like to learn more about support at MongoDB, get in touch and we can talk more.
Interested in using Atlas Charts for other insights? Get started today by logging into or signing up for MongoDB Atlas, deploying or selecting a cluster, and activating Charts for free.