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IT leaders know that managing cloud infrastructure is a constant, ever-changing process. No matter how big or small your organization, your strategy must also evolve in order to tame this beast.

That sentiment was demonstrated in Flexera’s 2022 State of the Cloud Report, which highlighted the major cloud initiatives for survey respondents this year. Respondents indicated managing cloud costs and migrating workloads to the cloud were top challenges and priorities.

But understanding how to be nimble in order to manage your cloud infrastructure in a cost-effective manner can be difficult, especially for cloud teams that may lack customization options, whether through native cloud provider tools or third-party solutions.

Introducing Rules-Based Dimensions

But now there’s good news. To address these challenges, Flexera launched Rules-Based Dimensions for its Cloud Cost Optimization (CCO) solution, part of the Flexera One platform. CCO enables your cloud governance teams to work collaboratively with business units and cloud resource owners to optimize spend. A major contributor to wasted cloud spend is the decentralized control of cloud accounts, but this solution gives you a complete cost picture across your organization, so you can make better informed decisions.

The new Rules-Based Dimensions capability gives you the power to add custom dimensions to your CCO based on the rules that are specific to your business’ structure. And once applied, they work like any other built-in dimension in CCO.

No more manual customization or siloed information

Let’s say you need to map dimensions to specific categories, such as cost owner/cost approver, Kubernetes UID or department/division. This typically requires you to export data into a spreadsheet and then manually use pivot tables or data sorting.

But with Rules-Based Dimensions, you can instead map these rules once and then instantly get the insights that matter most to your cloud costs. Ultimately, this helps you contextualize data and report to other stakeholders in your organization in a way that’s applicable to them.

The new capability also allows you to map rules across any cloud provider, giving you the ability to identify additional cloud cost savings and allocation and gain consistency across your entire cloud environment. Plus, you can create up to 10,000 of these rules, which ensures organizations of any size can map data in a way that makes meaningful insights easily and continuously digestible.

Take control of cloud costs

Now you can better monitor your cloud usage, costs and discounting for all your cloud accounts—and present smart recommendations for cost optimization opportunities. Click here to learn more ways to manage your cloud costs.