FAQ

Last Updated

December 2022

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General

Which dashboards are available for installation?

We have several dashboards: CUDOS, KPI, CID, Compute Optimizer, Trusted Advisor (TAO) and Trends. Full documentation can be found here

How can I install Cloud Intelligent Dashboards?

First you need to run pre-requisite steps, after that you can follow the instructions here for the specific required dashboard

What columns are in the Cost and Usage Report (CUR), what do they mean?

CUR documentation can be found here

Where can I find more info about CUR delivery timelines and any FAQs for CUR?

On average, CURs are updated up to 3 times daily, but that will fluctuate depending on the size of the file/amount of user usage and many other factors. you can monitor your CUR S3 bucket to see the date/time the new month’s file is deposited. Within the CUR itself you can see the corresponding usage dates/times to infer which usage is reflected within that file.

Do the Cloud Intelligent Dashboards support gzip compression formats or CSV CUR files?

The CUR must be in Parquet (Athena) format.

Do the Cloud Intelligent Dashboards support CUR without resource ids?

The CUR must be have resource ids.

I want more than 7 months in my CUDOS / CID Dashboard

By default CUDOS has 7 months of data, If you need to pull more data, you can follow below steps as long as you have that additional data in CUR.

  • Go to Athena
  • Edit/Show query for summary_view view
  • Modify the line towards the bottom that has 2 entries saying “7” months (6 past + 1 current) and replace them with your desired months
  • Run the query and it should complete successfully and that will automatically update the view.
  • Go to QuickSight and select Dataset in the left tab
  • Select the summary_view and click on refresh dataset and do a full refresh. It might take some time depending on data. If you run into SPICE issues, make sure to adjust spice capacity in your QS account as needed.
  • Once it is done, check your QuickSight dashboard and select a visual and click on view dashboard filter to modify the date to either Relative date or Date and Time range to verify the data for the past years.

Note: Some visuals are additionally limited by filters. Feel free to adjust them within dashboard as needed.

In which regions can Cloud Intelligent Dashboards be deployed?

CID requires QuickSight, Athena and Glue. Cost Usage Reports (CUR) Bucket has to be in the same region as those services. CUR bucket can be replicated to the region that supports CIDs via S3 bucket replication. When using the cid-cmd, you can define the Region to deploy the dashboard in as a parameter eg. cid-cmd --region_name eu-west-2 deploy. This is especially helpful when the region you want to deploy in, does not support Cloudshell.

How long does it take to initially deploy the Cloud Intelligent Dashboards Framework?

Assuming pre-requisites were met correctly the automation would take around 5-10 minutes to deploy.

Do I need to learn any coding skills to customize the analysis?

No, just AWS native BI service QuickSight and customer facing data Cost and Usage Reports structure. Here is public documentation for QuickSight and Cost Usage Reports .

How do I edit or customize the dashboards?

In order to create an analysis from any of the CUDOS Dashboards, Go edit the newly created dashboard’s permissions to enable the “Save As” option:

  1. Go to your Dashboard.
  2. Click “Share”
  3. Click “Share dashboard”
  4. Enable the “Allow “save as”” next to your username
  5. Click “Confirm”
  6. Click the link in the top left corner to Go back to ‘LazyMBR’
  7. You should now see a “Save as” (you might have to refresh browser)
  8. Click “Save as”
  9. Name your Analysis
  10. Once completed, you can then customize the Analysis filters, visuals etc.

You can see this video.

How do I setup the dashboards in an account other than my payer account or on top of multiple payer accounts?

This scenario allows customers with multiple payer (management) accounts to deploy all the CUR dashboards on top of the aggregated data from multiple payers. To setup the dashboards on top of multi payer accounts, please review multi-account setup deployment options and instructions.

What are the solution limitations?

Amazon QuickSight supports up to 30 visuals in a single sheet, and a limit of 20 sheets per analysis. QuickSight SPICE capacity for Enterprise edition is up to 500 million rows or 500 GB per dataset. Amazon Athena DML query timeout is max 4 hours.

How can I share dashboards with other users?

You can share dashboards and visuals with specific users or groups in your account or with everyone in your Amazon QuickSight account. Or you share them with anyone on the internet. You can share dashboards and visuals by using the QuickSight console or the QuickSight API. Access to a shared visual depends on the sharing settings that are configured for the dashboard that the visual belongs to. To share and embed visuals to your website or application, adjust the sharing settings of the dashboard that it belongs to. For more information, see the following:

How Unit Cost is being calculated?

In general- spend in $/usage_quantity For example for Compute/RDS we take only instances running hours cost and divide by usage, for S3 we take only storage cost and divide by storage size

Can we see MarketPlace usage on Cloud Intelligent Dashboards?

Yes, on CUDOS dashboard under MoM Trends tab. You have 2 filters Billing Entity and Legal entity

How can I export a dashboard to PDF?

On the right upper corner of the dashboard, click on the Export icon → Generate PDF

How can I export a visual to CSV?

Click on a specific visual, click on the 3 dots → Export to CSV

How can I change KPI values on KPI dashboard?

On KPI dashboard, under Set KPI Goals tab. Choose a specific KPI and adjust the bar according to your KPI value

Troubleshooting

Cost values or other numbers in the Cloud Intelligence Dashboards don’t match what I see in my invoices or in Cost Explorer - what do I do?

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I am getting the error “Casting from TimestampTZ to Timestamp is not supported” - what do I do?

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How do I fix the ‘product_cache_engine’ or ‘product_database_engine’ cannot be resolved error?

Some CID views dependent on having or historically having an RDS database instance and an ElastiCache instance run in your organization.

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I’m getting an error in QuickSight that is saying Athena timed out?

For very large CUR files, Athena may time out trying to query the data for summary_view. In Athena, find the summary_view view, click the three dots next to it and select show/edit query. Modify the following:

  • Request Athena DML query timeout increase via support case.
  • Or, adjust the granularity to monthly, by changing ‘day’ to ‘month’ in row 6.
  • Or, adjust the look back from ‘7’ months to desired time-frame in row 75.
  • In QuickSight, refresh your dataset.

Account list is missing/incorrect, how can I update them?

The Cost & Usage Report data doesn’t contain account names and other business or organization specific mapping. There are a few options you can leverage to create your account_map view to provide opportunities to leverage your existing mapping tables, organization information, or other business mappings allows for deeper insights.

Account Map Creation

How do I fix the COLUMN_GEOGRAPHIC_ROLE_MISMATCH error?

When attempting to deploy the dashboard manually, some users get an error that states COLUMN_GEOGRAPHIC_ROLE_MISMATCH.

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I’ve deployed the Compute Optimizer Dashboard. If a new linked account is created after deployment, can the dashboard collect the data from the newly created linked account automatically?

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I am getting the following error from my tables associated with the optimization data collection lab; “HIVE_PARTITION_SCHEMA_MISMATCH: There is a mismatch between the table and partition schemas. The types are incompatible and cannot be coerced”.

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Pricing

How much does it cost to run the CID Framework?

Assumptions:

  • Number of working days per month = (22)
  • SPICE capacity = (100 GB)
  • Number of authors = (3)
  • Number of readers = (15)

Cost breakdown using Calculator:

  • S3 cost for CUR: < $5-10/mon
  • QuickSight Enterprise: < $30/mon/author or $5max/mon/reader
  • QuickSight SPICE capacity: < $10-20/mon
  • Total: $100-$200

Customization

How can I add tagging visuals to CUDOS dashboard?

Step by step can be found on this video

How to get alerts from dashboards?

Step by step can be found on this video

Security

How do I limit access to the data in the Dashboards using row level security?

Do you want to give access to the dashboards to someone within your organization, but you only want them to see data from accounts or business units associated with their role or position? You can use row level security in QuickSight to accomplish limiting access to data by user. In these steps below, we will define specific Linked Account IDs against individual users. Once the Row-Level Security is enabled, users will continue to load the same Dashboards and Analyses, but will have custom views that restrict the data to only the Linked Account IDs defined.

Step by step instructions can be on this video

We have an encrypted S3 buckets for CUR and Athena query results. Does CID Framework support encrypted S3 buckets?

Yes. QuickSight would require an IAM role and a suitable IAM policy allowing access to KMS.

Can I encrypt my CUR buckets in S3?

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Can I do cross-account queries in Athena instead of replicating CUR buckets?

CUR bucket replication is the preferred method because it is tested and documented. Technically you can use cross-account methods but it is untested. It is true that CUR bucket replication will create more cost as the you will have to store the CUR twice, although you could think of it as a backup in case something happens to the payer accounts. We recommend CUR bucket replication also because the Athena tables are created/updated via a Glue crawler where you get all CUR schema changes handled. Glue crawlers don’t support cross account set up. It also gets significantly more complicated if KMS encryption is used.

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