Buttonwood Central provides a number of tools which enable visibility of factors outside of direct usage which may affect monthly invoices.
These tools are:
- Exchange rate tracking
- Instance price tracking
This section describes the steps required to access tools in Buttonwood Central.
- Login to Buttonwood Central
- Navigate to Tools
- Select the required tool
The Exchange Rates screen displays a list of currencies and how they have tracked over a period of 50 days against the US Dollar. Depending on the Cloud provider, organisation can be charged in different currencies, and currency fluctuations can have a significant impact on monthly invoices.
The changing rate of the US Dollar against the local currency may cause invoices to vary greatly on a month to month basis, hence exchange rate trends are important when tracking and understanding fluctuations in cloud spend.
- Hovering over the Rate History graph provides a point-in-time currency value for the selected date.
The Instance Pricing screen displays up-to-date costs of instances set by the cloud providers.
- Use the filter toolbox to present only instances that are of interest