You can configure OnSpend to publish budget alerts and watched resource events on a topic of your choice.
You can configure OnSpend to publish budget alerts and watched resource events on a topic of your choice. For example, OnSpend can deliver budget alert notifications to a Pub/Sub topic with the current status of your budget. This is especially helpful if you are cost-conscious and need to put more automated cloud cost management controls in your environments.
Real-life Pub/Sub Action Application
Pub/Sub actions make integrating cost management controls into other applications simple. By simply allowing OnSpend to publish messages to Pub/Sub, other applications can automatically process budget events as they occur, in real-time.
An example of such a solution is one that Onix recently worked on in collaboration with a current client. The client’s goal was to allow users within their organization to trial Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to determine how these cloud services could improve their overall productivity and collaboration. In order to keep overall costs of the initiative within budget, each user was given a portion of the budget to spend on their individual projects.
To prevent users from exceeding their portion of the budget, a budget and Pub/Sub action were defined for each user. The Pub/Sub action was triggered once 100 percent of the budget amount was spent. A custom application was developed to process these messages automatically and disable billing on the user’s project. This kept each user from spending more than their allocated amounts and kept the overall initiative on budget as well.
Other Budget Actions in OnSpend
In addition to automatically sending vital email and Pub/Sub alerts, OnSpend also can post automated messages in Google Chat rooms and on Slack. This is helpful for teams that use one of these cloud-based tools to communicate and collaborate on projects.
It also gives administrators a quick way to reach large groups of users about various budget events without having to add those users as other recipients of critical budget alerts through email actions.
If you wish to have budget alerts delivered to a mobile phone or pager device, OnSpend can deliver these messages to a verified phone number in the United States or Canada. Text alerts are ideal for users that use text messaging (SMS) as their primary form of communication.
Each user that wishes to use a specific phone number is required to verify the phone number when setting up their own alerts.
There is no reason in today’s modern cloud computing world to face budget and billing surprises. Automated cloud cost management tools, such as OnSpend, not only will alert you to budget events but also can automate system actions to keep your cloud spend in check and your mind at rest.