How data is processed in FinOps hubs From data cleanup to normalization, FinOps hubs do the work so you can focus on driving business value.

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FinOps hubs perform a number of data processing activities to clean up, normalize, and optimize data. The following diagram shows how data flows from Cost Management into a hub instance:

    Cost Management->>msexports: ① Export data
    msexports->>msexports: ② msexports_ExecuteETL
    msexports->>ingestion: ② msexports_ETL_ingestion
    Power BI-->>ingestion: ③ Read data

  1. Cost Management exports raw cost details to the msexports container. Learn more.
  2. The msexports_ExecuteETL pipeline kicks off the extract-transform-load (ETL) process when files are added to storage.
  3. The msexports_ETL_ingestion pipeline saves exported data in parquet format in the ingestion container. Learn more.
  4. Power BI reads cost data from the ingestion container.

ℹ️ About ingestion

FinOps hubs rely on a specific folder path in the ingestion container:

  • ingestion is the container where the data pipeline saves data.
  • {scope-id} is expected to be the fully-qualified resource ID of the scope the data is from.
  • {month} is the year and month of the exported data formatted as yyyyMM.
  • focuscost is the exported dataset.

    Hubs 0.2 only supports FOCUS cost exports. Other export types will be added in a future release.

If you need to use hubs to monitor non-Azure data, convert the data to FOCUS and drop it into the ingestion container. Please note this has not been explicitly tested in the latest release. If you experience any issues, please create an issue.

ℹ️ About exports

FinOps hubs leverage Cost Management exports to obtain cost data. Cost Management controls the folder structure for the exported data in the msexports container. A typical path looks like:


For FinOps hubs, we expect the following:

  • msexports is the container specified on the export.

    Hubs only monitor the msexports container, so this is required.

  • {scope-id} is the folder path specified on the export.

    Hubs use this to identify which scope the data is coming from. We recommend using the scope ID but any value can be used. Example scope IDs include:

    Scope type Example value
    Subscription /subscriptions/###
    Resource group /subscriptions/###/resourceGroups/###
    Billing account /providers/Microsoft.Billing/billingAccounts/###
    Billing profile /providers/Microsoft.Billing/billingAccounts/###/billingProfiles/###
  • {export-name} is the name of the export.

    Hubs ignore this folder.

  • {date-range} is the date range data being exported.

    Hubs use this to identify the month. Format for this folder is yyyyMMdd-yyyyMMdd.

  • {export-time} is a timestamp of when the export ran.

    Hubs ignore this. Format for this folder is yyyyMMddHHmm.

  • {guid} is a unique GUID and is not always present.

    Hubs ignore this. Cost Management does not always include this folder. Whether or not it is included depends on the API version used to create the export.

  • {file} is either a manifest or exported data.

    Hubs 0.2 ignores manifest files and only monitors *.csv files. In a future release, hubs will monitor the manifest.

⏭️ Next steps

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