Overview

Cost Summary and Cost Chargebacks help you understand your estimated month-to-date, projected end-of-month, and historical Datadog costs.

You can break down your costs by sub-organization and by product to:

  • Allocate costs according to their source
  • Gain insight into how costs are tracking

Permissions

To view the Cost Summary and Cost Chargebacks data, you must be a Datadog Admin user.

Alternately, roles with Billing Read (billing_read) and Usage Read (usage_read) permissions can view the Cost Summary and Cost Chargebacks data.

Cost summary

Use the cost summary to:

  • View estimated month-to-date costs
  • View projected end-of-month costs
  • View cost trends within the month
  • Filter and group costs by product or sub-organization
  • View cumulative day-over-day costs

Projected Costs (parent organization)

Projected end-of-month costs are calculated by applying the current month’s projected usage data against your contracted rates. Projections are available around the 12th of the month and are updated daily. Projected end-of-month costs may change over time, depending on your usage throughout the month. Because the costs are a prediction, the amount may differ from your finalized monthly cost.

Cost Summary (parent organization)

The cost summary functionality changes according to your Datadog usage as a single organization or a multi-organization. As a multi-organization, you can view estimated and projected costs for the parent organization and each sub-organization.

Screenshot of the Cost Summary for a parent organization, showing the overall month to date cost, projected cost, a graph of cumulative cost breakdown, and a summary table.
  1. While logged in to the parent organization, navigate to Plan & Usage.
  2. Click the Usage tab.
  3. For a multi-organization, ensure the Overall tab is selected.

View and filter

Use the search facets at the left to filter the cost by Products or by Sub-Orgs. Use the Over Time tab to see how the cumulative day-over-day costs have changed.

Download

To download the data as a comma separated value file, click Download as CSV. Data is available for the current month and pre-defined prior months. Use the Cost Type field to distinguish between the records:

  • Projected: Data is available for the current month.
  • Estimated MTD: Data is available from the first of the month to the current date. If historical cost data is not yet available for the prior month, estimated cost data also displays for the prior month.
  • Historical: Data is available after month close, which is approximately 16 days after the end of the month.

To query estimated cost data through the API, see Get estimated cost across your account. To query projected cost data through the API, see Get projected cost across your account.

Cost Summary (sub-organization)

This feature is in beta. To request access and confirm your organization meets the feature criteria, contact your account representative or Customer Support.

As a sub-organization, you can view the costs for your organization only. This restriction allows for more distributed ownership and removes the need to grant broader Admin permissions to the parent organization.

Screenshot of the Cost Summary for a sub-organization, showing the overall month to date cost, projected cost, a graph of cumulative cost breakdown, and a summary table.
  1. While logged in to the sub-organization, navigate to Plan & Usage.
  2. Click the Usage tab.
  3. Ensure the Overall tab is selected.

View and filter

Use the search facets at the left to filter the cost by Products. Use the Over Time tab to see how the cumulative day-over-day costs have changed.

Download

To download the data as a comma separated value file, click Download as CSV.

Cost chargebacks

Use the cost chargebacks to:

  • View estimated month-to-date and historical costs for multi-organizations
  • Attribute costs to each sub-organization

Cost chargebacks are derived by:

  • Calculating the sub-organization usage ratio. This is done by dividing usage per sub-organization by the total parent organization usage.
  • Applying the sub-organization usage ratio against the parent organization costs, providing the cost chargebacks per sub-organization.

Historical cost chargebacks

From a parent organization, view finalized historical costs aggregated by product and sub-organization.

Screenshot of a table titled 'Usage and Cost Summary', showing total usage in dollars for four sub-organizations and the total cost.
  1. While logged in to the parent organization, navigate to Plan & Usage.
  2. Select the Usage tab.
  3. Click Individual Organizations.
  4. Ensure the Billable and Cost toggles are selected.
  5. Use the date selector to view a prior month for which billing has completed.

Note: Data is available after month close, which is approximately 16 days after the end of the month.

Estimated cost chargebacks

From a parent organization, view estimated costs aggregated by product and sub-organization.

Estimated cost data is available for the current month. If historical cost data is not yet available for the prior month, estimated cost data also displays for the prior month.

Screenshot of a table titled 'Usage and Cost Summary', showing total usage in dollars for four sub-organizations and the total cost.
  1. While logged in to the parent organization, navigate to Plan & Usage.
  2. Select the Usage tab.
  3. Click Individual Organizations.
  4. Ensure the Billable and Cost toggles are selected.
  5. Ensure the date selector shows the current or prior month.

Download

How billing aggregations affect cost changes

Your estimated month-to-date Datadog bill varies throughout the month. The type of aggregation used to bill each product determines how the costs are impacted. For the best visualization, see the cost summary feature chart. Each Products filter includes the relevant billing aggregation method next to the product name.

Percentile and average usage billing

Products billed by the maximum count (high-water mark) of the lower 99 percent of usage for the month include infrastructure hosts and APM hosts. Products billed by the average over the month include custom metrics and Fargate tasks. For these two types of products, expect their costs to remain relatively stable throughout the month. However, they are still subject to cost changes if there is a significant spike or drop in usage.

Sum of usage billing

Products billed by the sum of usage throughout the month include indexed logs and ingested logs. For these types of products, expect their costs to increase or decrease based on changes to usage volume.

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