Billing groups enable you to set a common billing profile for multiple projects and generate a consolidated invoice.
Key benefits of using billing groups:
Receive a single invoice for all your projects. When you have several Aiven projects that use the same payment method, you can receive a single invoice that consolidates all costs instead of receiving a separate invoice for each project.
Group costs based on your organization need. You can merge costs based on your organization or IT environment (development, test, production) by creating billing groups for related projects. Each billing group then generates a consolidated invoice.
Minimize administrative setup of billing profiles shared between projects. Move projects that use the same payment card into a billing group and designate a single billing profile to pay their costs.
Create dashboards in external Business Intelligence (BI) tools to track spending. Use the Invoice API to get the line item costs in the invoice to export the cost information for Aiven projects to external BI tools.
By default, each project belongs to a billing group, and can only belong to one billing group at a time. A billing group always generates a single invoice. Aiven credits are available in the billing group.
Using billing groups in the Aiven web console
An Account is the entry point for creating and managing billing groups.
You can group projects under an Account into one or more billing groups.
You can set a primary billing group for an Account. All future projects associated with this account are then added to the primary billing group by default.
You can move projects under an Account from one billing group to another.
Aiven credits are available for all projects associated with the Account. You can choose to apply the credits to a specific project within the Account.
Navigating to billing groups
To view billing groups in the Aiven web console:
Click the current project and select See all projects & accounts.
This opens the Projects & Accounts view.
Click an account that you want to manage and then click the Billing tab.
Here you can create new billing groups and assign projects to your billing groups. For more information on creating billing groups, see this article.
Click one of the listed billing groups to see the details for that billing group.
The Overview tab that opens by default shows you the projects assigned to this billing group, the generated invoices, and the applied credits. The Projects, Invoices, and Credits tabs provide more detailed information.
The accumulated costs of all projects that are assigned to this billing group are shown in the top-right corner.
The action menu, which is also in the top-right corner, includes options to rename or delete the billing group. Note that you can only delete a billing group that has no projects assigned to it.
The Projects tab lists the projects that are assigned to the billing group.
You can assign new projects to the billing group on this tab. If you have more than one billing group in the current account, you can also move projects between billing groups.
The Invoices tab allows you to view and download the invoices generated for the billing group. The invoices include separate lines for the projects and services assigned to the billing group.
The Credits tab allows you to view and assign credit codes for the billing group.
The Events tab lists all the logged actions for the billing group.
The Billing information tab allows you to add and update the payment method and billing details for generating the invoices.