This feature began it's life on the legacy VMAN appliance. Customers have frequently requested that it be ported over to Orion based VMAN and now it's here! The basic idea of chargeback is very simple. Assign a cost to a metric being gathered and then apply that cost over a given time frame. There are many reasons a virtual admin may want to do this, such as:
Providing a bill to an external customer
Demonstrating true cost of VMs being consumed by different business units
Making a case to management for additional investment in virtual environment
Benchmarking current on-premises costs to compare the potential cost of the same workload in the cloud
This first version of chargeback in VMAN on Orion is almost an exact copy of the feature as it existed on the appliance so if you used the feature previously it should be very familiar to you. There are some screenshots below to visually guide you through the process but it is pretty simple to do. Give the report a name and a description first. Next decide if you want to summarize by host or cluster. Then choose one of the pre-defined time frames that you want to use for calculation. Then enter in your cost for each of the respective resources (keep in mind that CPU, Memory and Storage cost will be based on average usage and vCPU is a per unit configured cost) and finally click "Create".
Once you have a report created it should be listed in the report inventory. You can either download or delete a specific report or you can also multi-select reports as well. In the current release the reports are downloaded directly to your browser / PC in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
Navigate to the Chargeback Page
Create a chargeback report
List of chargeback reports
A finished chargeback report
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