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vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 and 4.2 Will Go End-of-Support Soon!

End of support of vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 and 4.2 

With vCloud Usage Meter 4.4 release just around the corner, we want to announce that the following versions will go end-of-support soon: 

  • vCloud Usage Meter 4.2 – End-of-Support Date: 05-30-2021  
  • vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1- End-of-Support Date: 07-31-2021 

Usage Meter 4.0 and 4.1 are already End-of-Support, and partners should upgrade those appliances immediately. 

If you aren’t familiar with where to find out more about product lifecycle events, take a look at VMware’s official site here: https://lifecycle.vmware.com/#/

What to do? 

If you are running any of the above versions, you can do the following: 

  • Migrate from Usage Meter 3.6.1 to 4.3.

Instructions on how to do this are provided in the following video and in the vCloud Usage Meter documentation

Note: You need to switch to Flex Pricing Model before migrating to Usage Meter 4.3. Legacy bundles will go end-of-support on 7/31/2021. Check the following video or information to learn how to switch to Flex.  

Note: Migrating from 3.X to 4.X does not migrate historical data, like older versions used to. This is because there is no database in the Usage Meter 4.X appliances. Make sure to still archive your old appliances as required by the VMware Cloud Provider Program. 

  • Upgrade from Usage Meter 4.X to 4.3.  

Check the following video or documentation to learn how to perform an in-place upgrade.

Note: You can check for metering changes before migrating/upgrading to vCloud Usage Meter 4.3. Read the following KB article if you wish to compare the metering of your vCloud Usage Meter with vCloud Usage Meter 4.3. 

What does vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 offer? 

vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 meters more VCPP products and features than any of its predecessors. It is FIPS-compliant, and its OS is updated with the latest security updates. What’s more, it has improved notifications sent every time there is an issue with your usage meter with information on how to solve it. In vCloud Usage Meter 4.3, usage data is collected and send to the vCloud Usage Insight service, which aggregates the collected data and sends it to VMware Commerce Portal.

Look at the following tables to compare vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 with 3.6.1 and 4.2. 

Usage Meter 3.6.1 w/ HP5 VS 4.3 

Usage Meter 4.2 VS 4.3 

Important considerations 

While there are a lot of benefits of using vCloud Usage Meter 4.3, you must take into account the following information: 

  1. LDAP is not yet available and will come in the 4.4 release. 
  2. Customer monthly reports are also not available and will also be included in the 4.4 release.
  3. Partners running vCenter Server 5.5 should remain on Usage Meter 4.2 until Usage Meter 4.4 is released.
  4. You can register a Usage Meter 4.3 appliance in test mode without switching to the Flex Pricing Model, but to move to Production Mode, you need to signup for Flex.

When is the right time to upgrade? 

If you are using vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1, you can either migrate now to vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 or wait until vCloud Usage Meter 4.4 arrives with LDAP support and Customer Monthly Usage Reports.  

If you are using vCloud Usage Meter 4.2, you can either upgrade to vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 now or wait until vCloud Usage Meter 4.4 arrives. 

Note: If you wish to compare the metering of your usage meter with a newer version, then you will need to do it for one full reporting cycle before migrating/upgrading.

If you have any questions, contact us at: usagemeter@vmware.com.

Comments

4 comments have been added so far

  1. I’ve tried to send an email with these questions, but it was returned rejected:
    1) when does UM 4.4 release
    2) will it allow automated collection of (the product formerly known as?) View usage information?

    1. Hello A Hettinger,

      Usage Meter 4.4 will be launched very soon. I cannot comment on the exact date as it is subject to change.

      As for your second question, can you provide more information? What is the name of the product which you wish to be metered by Usage Meter?

      Best regards,
      Galina Slavova
      Cloud Technical Marketing Writer/VMware Inc.

    1. Hello Rohit Kumar,

      There will be an announcement today!

      Stay tuned!

      Best regards,
      Galina Slavova
      Cloud Technical Marketing Writer/VMware Inc.

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