Managing Budgets

This topic discusses how to view and manage your budgets.

Using the Console

To create a budget
  1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cost Management, click Budgets.
  2. Click Create Budget at the top of the budgets list. The Create Budget dialog is displayed.
  3. Select either Compartment or Cost-Tracking Tag to select the type of target for your budget. 
  4. Enter a name for your budget in the Name text field. The name can only contain alphanumeric characters, dashes, and the underscore character, and can’t begin with a number. Avoid entering confidential information.
  5. Enter a description for the budget. Avoid entering confidential information.
  6. Select the target for your budget:
    • For budgets targeting a compartment:
      • Select a target compartment for your budget from the Target Compartment drop-down list. Note that while the budget tracks spending in the specified target compartment, but you need to have permissions to manage budgets in the root compartment of the tenancy to create and use budgets.
    • For budgets targeting a cost-tracking tag:
      • Select a tag namespace.
      • Select a target cost-tracking tag key.
      • Enter a value for the cost-tracking tag.
  7. Enter a monthly amount for your budget in the Monthly Budget Amount field. The minimum allowed value for your monthly budget is 1; the maximum allowed value is 999,999,999,999.
  8. From Day of the Month to Begin Budget Processing, select the day of the month that you want budget processing to periodically begin on each month. Setting this value allows you to create a budget that aligns with your billing cycle date, and to receive more meaningful budget alerts. Below this field, Current Budget Processing Period Based on Selection reflects the budget processing period, according to the day of the month you chose. When viewing or editing a budget on its details page, the Budget Processing Period field also displays this information.

    If you select the 29th, 30th, or 31st as the day of the month, budget processing begins on the last day of the month, for months that have fewer than the respective days you have chosen (whether 29, 30, or 31).
  9. You can optionally create an alert for your budget by creating a budget alert rule. In Budget Alert Rule on the Create Budget dialog, configure your alert rule:
    1. Select a threshold for your alert from the Threshold Metric drop-down list. There are two possible values:

      Actual Spend watches the actual amount you spend in your compartment per month;

      Forecast Spend watches your resource usage and alert you when it appears that you'll exceed your budget. The forecast algorithm is linear extrapolation and requires at least three days of consumption to trigger.

    2. Select a threshold type from the Threshold Type drop-down list. You can select either a percentage of your monthly budget (which must be greater than 0 and no greater than 10,000) or a fixed amount.
    3. The label of the next text field changes depending on what type of threshold you selected. Enter either a Threshold % or a Threshold Amount.
    4. In the Email Recipients field, enter one or more email addresses to receive the alerts. Multiple addresses can be separated using a comma, semicolon, space, tab, or new line.
    5. Enter the body of your email alert in the Email Message field. The text of the email message cannot exceed 1000 characters. This message will be included with metadata about your budget, including the budget name, the compartment, and the amount of your monthly budget. You can use this message to for things like providing instructions to the recipient that explain how to request a budget increase or reminding users about corporate policies.
  10. Advanced Options (optional): Click the Show advanced options link to add Tagsto your budget. If you have permissions to create a resource, then you also have permissions to apply free-form tags to that resource. To apply a defined tag, you must have permissions to use the tag namespace. For more information about tagging, see Resource Tags. If you are not sure whether to apply tags, skip this option (you can apply tags later) or ask your administrator.
  11. Click the Create button to create your budget.
To view or edit a budget
  1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cost Management, click Budgets.
  2. From the list of budgets, click on the budget you want to edit. The budget detail screen will appear.
  3. Click the Edit button. The Edit Budget dialog will appear.
  4. You can edit the name of your budget or the budget amount. Avoid entering confidential information.
  5. When you are finished, click Save Changes.
To delete a budget
  1. From the list of budgets, select Delete from the context menu, or click the Delete button at the top of budget detail screen. The Confirm Delete dialog will appear.
  2. Click the Confirm button to delete the budget, or cancel by clicking Cancel.
To manage tags for a budget
  1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cost Management, click Budgets.
  2. From the list of budgets, click on the budget you want to tag. The budget detail screen will appear.
  3. Click the Add tag(s) button to add a tag.
  4. Click the Tags tab and then click on the pencil icon next to a tag you want to edit or remove.