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This article primarily addresses information related to how the platform supports AWS tagging functionality. In this article you will learn…


  • The basics on AWS Tags
  • The features and settings for Tags (AWS and Azure)
  • Filtering options
  • Assigning Aliases
  • Reports

 

Note: This article assumes a basic understanding of AWS tagging functionality.


AWS Tag Feature Overview 

 

A tag is a label assigned to a resource within an AWS account. Each tag consists of a key and a value, both of which are defined by customers to make it easier to manage, search for, and filter resources. Generally, there are three categories to which tags can be applied: (1) Cost, (2) Security, and (3) performance. Not all resources within the AWS console can be tagged and not all tags capture cost.  Cost allocation tags are specific to the type of resource.

 

The diagram illustrates the concept of tagging. In the diagram, tags are assigned to two EC2 instances, one called Cost Center and another called Stack. Each of the tags also has an associated value. AWS uses cost allocation tags as a mechanism to organize resource costs in detailed billing reports.



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Tags are included in the Detailed Billing Report (DBR) and are associated with usage at a resource level when marked as ‘Active’ in the Cost Allocation Tags page in the AWS Billing Console. Under the SES shared consolidation model, these tags are activated by Tech Data.

 

Important Note:  When your customer’s account becomes part of your SES platform, their access to the Cost Allocation Tags menu will no longer be available to them in the AWS console because remember, the customer is no longer directly financially responsible to AWS for the charges in that account---you are, as the reseller.

 

The payer account is the only console that has access to the Cost Allocation Tags menu option which is where tags are activated/in-activated.  From the payer account, the Cost Allocation Tags menu lists an aggregate of all Tag Keys for any resources tagged by child accounts. Any tags not marked as ‘Active’ at the payer account level will not be included in billing and usage files; however, these tags can still be listed by calling the Describe Tags API (this varies by service) at the customer account. These tags are not associated with usage in the detailed billing files.


  

Managing Tags


Note: Reseller view only

 

Navigation: Account > Settings > Cost Management > Tags


The list of Key Tag names in this table are collected dynamically from daily imports with the platform and are specific to AWS. Notice the default in the “Active” column defaults to a status of “Yes.” This does not mean the tag is automatically or currently enabled in the DBR file. The platform operation team activates tags within the AWS console as to enable data within the DBR.



The following table defines the fields in the Tag table:

 

Column NameDescriptionPurpose or Use Case
Cloud Provider    Identifies the cloud provider the tag is associated to    This table only captures AWS tags since there is a programmatic method to pull tag information from the AWS master accounts.  Other cloud provider tag data displays in reports and dashboards but are not  managed in this table
NameTag Key Name setup by a user inside an cloud accountTracks billing data at the asset level.
Rename Tag KeyA unique name or alias assigned to a customer tag by resellerUsed to preform billing analysis across multiple customer and cloud accounts.
ActiveDefaults to ‘Yes’ and indicates that the customer tag key has a cost associated.This appears in reports when activated by the master payer and/or when the toggle is marked "Available in Dashboard and Reports"

  

You can activate Tags so that they display in your billing information by the toggle highlighted below.  Additionally, use the platform management console to rename tags.  This feature does not affect the actual Tag Key names defined by your end customer within the AWS console.



Dashboard Tag Filters

 

Resellers and End Customers can filter by tags on the Dashboard.


From V2 dashboard, Add KPI Card -> Daily Cost, Select seller vs customer cost, then select Tag, then select a provider and tag key




Billing Report Tag Filters

Select the customer billing report you want to view.  From the "Options" menu drop-down you will see "Manage Tag Columns" 


By selecting this feature, you add the tag to your report option.  Then select "Manage Report Columns" to add the tag to your report. You are now ready to export the data (option).