Export Your Tagged Usage Data Within the Enhanced IBM Cloud
By Kala Nenkova
Export tags within your usage data to help with cost allocation
IBM is happy to announce that tags now appear in the usage export on the IBM Cloud platform. When users add tags to their resources within the platform, whether that’s through the Resource List, Resource Detail Pages, or Provisioning Pages, tags now appear in the usage CSV export on the usage tab.
To export tags within the usage export, complete the following steps:
Log in to your IBM Cloud Account/
From the header, click Manage > Billing and usage > and select Usage.
Click Export CSV, which is located in the upper right corner.
Click on Instances to start the CSV download.
When you click to export your CSV, you get two options—summary and instances. Tags appear on the instance export for the CSV download and not the summary. The summary export is a high-level overview of the usage on the account for the selected view, while the instance export lets you dive into more granular detail regarding the instance level charges for the given resources.
Users can utilize the tagging capabilities to manage resources, estimate costs, and stay organized. For example, if you want to differentiate multiple resources that are within the same cost center, you can tag them with “costcenter:location01.” Alternatively, if you have a team working on a couple resources repeatedly, you can use a tag like “team-blue.”
How this helps
Tagging can help with managing where instance-level charges are coming from for your specific resources. When you use a consistent tagging schema to identity which resources are tied to specific cost centers, data centers, projects, teams etc., you can group and filter by those tags when breaking down and analyzing costs within the usage data export.
For example, one of your projects might have a Kubernetes cluster, a couple Cloud Foundry app deployments, Cloud Object Storage buckets, Watson Assistant APIs, and Cloudant databases running around the world. Since those services can be spread across different resource groups and Cloud Foundry orgs and spaces with different access controls, using tags consistently will help you make sure the right costs are getting charged back to the right project.
Note that for now, this export does not yet include your classic infrastructure services, such as Virtual Servers or Bare Metal Servers. We are actively working on bringing in those services to have a single consistent view for managing costs on your account.
Existing tagging features
Platform tagging was released in December 2018 to enable users to manage their resources. Here is an overview of the features that are available on the enhanced IBM Cloud platform:
Add/remove tags using the resource list
Filter the resource list by tags
Tag on provisioning pages
Tag on resource detail pages
View all tags present on the account
Delete tags that aren’t attached to resources
Search by tag within the global header
Have a predictive type ahead based on tags already present on the account
To read more about the features released in December, check out the “Platform Tagging on the Enhanced IBM Cloud Platform” blog post.
We are beyond thrilled to bring tags into the usage data export to allow users to figure out where costs are coming from on the IBM Cloud Platform. This sets the groundwork for the future of managing your costs on the platform.