JoJoGabor
Expert
Expert

vCenter Chargeback on ESX 3.5 hosts

Does vCenter 4.0 chargeback allow the chargeback based on CPU cycles used? If I upgrade a vCenter to v4.0 to manage ESX 3.5 hosts will I be able to perform chargeback modelling on those hosts?

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jbruelasdgo
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

that would be a nice feature, may be we have to wait until the product is actually released

Jose B Ruelas http://aservir.wordpress.com
danpalacios
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

There are third party products which are designed to provide that kind of reporting. vKernel () is the one I am aware of, but there may be others.

JoJoGabor
Expert
Expert

I see, I haven't played with vSphere much yet, I remember being told before Christmas that vCenter would have inbuilt chargeback. looks like they have made the prduct a separate product

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abhinavkatiyar
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Enthusiast

Does vCenter 4.0 chargeback allow the chargeback based on CPU cycles used?

Yes. You can set your CPU costs per GHz-Hour and then vCenter Chargeback will allow chargeback based on used CPU cycles. Please choose appropriate billing policy that includes "Actual Usage" to be considered.

If I upgrade a vCenter to v4.0 to manage ESX 3.5 hosts will I be able to perform chargeback modelling on those hosts?

Yes. vCenter Chargeback supports any ESX hosts managed by vCenter Server 2.5 U3 and above, that includes vSphere 4.0.

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cchesley
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Enthusiast

Vkernel's Chargeback appliance will also do this. We measure how much CPU is used by a group of virtual Machines in mhz and help you assign a cost to that.

Chris

http://www.vkernel.com
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