There are a lot of reasons that I publish a blog.  One of them is so that I can answer a question once – and then I never have to answer them again.  Recently I have been getting questions from our customers on their usage of services on Bluemix.  It’s pretty easy to do, I’ll show you how.

First you’ll need to log into your Bluemix account.  Once in there, click on your user profile, it’s in the upper right hand corner of your browser.


Once you click on this, you will see a menu on the right hand side of your browser.  Now you will need to click on the Account option in this pane.  You should now see your account details in the main browser screen.BM_Account_Details

Now you can see a breakdown of the usage in your Bluemix account.  The main screen defaults to show usage details, and it looks like this:


As you scroll down you can see a breakdown of your usage on any number of different factors.  You can see things broken out by organization, or you can scroll down and see the charges being incurred for the various services that you are using on Bluemix.  This should allow you to see what your usage has been over a two month timeframe, and give you some idea of what your costs will be.

If you look at the navigation pane on the left of your browser, you will notice an option called Notifications.  The screen looks like this:


Here you can set thresholds for when you will be notified of usage.  Bluemix will send you notifications when you reach 80%, 90%, and 100% of the thresholds that you enter on this screen.  You can set spending alerts based on overall account spending, spending on runtime resources, spending on containers, spending on all services, or even set alert for specific services.  This will notify you when these limits are being approached.

So now you know how to monitor your Bluemix usage, and you also know how to set alerts for your Bluemix spending.  Now get out there and start creating your software solutions in the cloud!