Idle Resources Reports

Idle Resources reports are accessed from the Cost Saving Opportunities page. Use these reports to keep track of your unused cloud resources. You can access reports for all of your cloud providers and for the various resource types (On-Demand, Reserved, etc.). The report shows you a snapshot of the idle resources at the point in time the report was run.

You can see the cloud resources that are no longer attached to a cloud instance ("Unattached"), as well as those that are attached to stopped instances ("On Stopped").

You can customize reports based on entity type, you can set thresholds to define the idle resources in your environment, etc. Once your reports are created and saved, you can email them to appropriate recipients.

In addition to any native tools that might collect idle time data on your CSP, Optimize also collects and stores idle resource information in a database. The Optimize database provides idle time information if native tools, such as CloudTrail, are not enabled or not available.

Azure Reports

For Azure instances, the Idle Resources report displays disk resources that are attached to stopped VMs.

Azure idle resource data is provided by the Optimize database only.

AWS Reports

For AWS instances, Idle Resources reporting is available for EBS resources, Elastic IP resources, and ELB resources. The report displays the following:

  • For EBS: Resources that are not attached to an EC2 instance and those that are attached to stopped EC2 instances.

  • Elastic IP: Resources that are attached to stopped EC2 instances or not associated with any EC2 instance.

  • For ELB: Resources that do not have EC2 instances attached to them.

    The ELB report includes the following resources:

    • Application Load Balancer (ALB)

    • Network Load Balancer (NLB)

    • Classic Load Balancer (CLB)

Information about AWS resource idle time can be collected in AWS CloudTrail, as well as the Optimize database. Idle time for AWS resources is determined first by checking CloudTrail data, if CloudTrail is enabled on AWS.

If CloudTrail data is unavailable or is incomplete for any of the resources, then Optimize can check its database for information. Optimize can then report on resources for which idle times are definitively known, as well as on resources with an estimated idle period. The policy option "Include when idle period is unknown" allows you to enable or disable the inclusion of the Optimize estimated idle resources in AWS report results.

Related Topics

Cost Saving Opportunities Page

Viewing Reports

Idle Resources Policy Parameters