What’s new in vCenter Chargeback 1.5

This week VMworld is being held in San Francisco. Today, Monday is dedicated for VMware Partners. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is open for everyone and will be full with keynotes, breakout sessions, labs etc etc. I will do my best to keep you updated on the news!

Today the new features of vCenter Chargeback 1.5 were presented at VMworld.

VMware vCenter Chargeback delivers a pay as you go solution for resource tracking and billing. In the days of physical servers, a customer or department of an organization paid for the cost of the physical server and operational costs. This is not a fair system. A customer using all of the resources (CPU, internal memory) of a server pays the same amount of money for a customer which is not using all the resources. This happens because most companies standardize on a limited number of server types (one small, one medium and one large sized server for example). 

Using virtual servers, it is easy to assign a certain amount of resources to a virtual machine. One VM can have a maximum of 8 GB of internal memory, while another only gets 1 GB assigned. It is quite easy to send a bill to the customer based on the reserved amount of money or the average usage of resources. Heavy users pay more than small users.

VMware has vCenter Chargeback available to track resource usage and create reports which can be used as input for billing (chageback). Version 1.0 was lacking some features and I believe it is quite expensive compared to one of it’s competitors, Vkernel Chargeback.   

VMware vCenter Chargeback 1.5 will be available September 1 2010. Licensing will be based on the number of powered-on virtual machines managed by vCenter Server. The current release is licensed per CPU socket. This is less attractive for customers.

What is new in version 1.5

  • Automated cost management 
      for VMware HA/FT, Guest OS-es , VM creation/deletion fees
  • Expanded cost model support
      -one time costs, average fees , custom billing polices
  • Enhanced reporting and cost analysis
       dashboard, cost and usage breakdowns, top 10 most expensive VM’s
  • Integration with VMware vCloud director 
      metering vcloud resource usage, multi tenant reporting   

Documentation on Chargeback 1.5 has already been made available by VMware. Download it from this location: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcbm_pubs.html
You will find the following documents :

  • vCenter Chargeback Release Notes
  • User’s Guide
  •  Using vCenter Chargeback with VMware Cloud Director
  •  API Programming Guide
  •  API Reference (ZIP)

About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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