We are excited to announce the launch of vRealize Business for Cloud 7.4 (vRBC 7.4). vRealize Business for Cloud 7.4 brings a set of enhanced capabilities associated with public and private cloud costing for our customers. Additionally, in this release we have introduced more functionality to enable the managed service provider community. As always, significant service requests and product requests have been addressed to enhance the user experience. Learn more about vRealize Business for Cloud.
Improvements to VMware Cloud on AWS Assessment
VMware Cloud on AWS assessment is now more accurate by providing more configuration options that result in better estimates of available storage and for VMware Cloud on AWS hosts. In vRBC 7.4, two additional parameters (Number Of Host Failures To Tolerate, and Fault Tolerance Method) are introduced and based on the selected values the effective available storage is computed. Along with these two parameters, vSAN metadata overhead and recommended slack % are also considered. This makes VMware Cloud on AWS more accurate in terms of host recommendations, as well as the additional operational insight being provided.
Advanced chargeback capabilities for managed service providers with vCloud Director Infrastructure (vCD)
Storage Policy Driven Pricing for vCD Infrastructure
vRBC 7.4 introduces storage policies for vCD pricing policies so as to make differential pricing feasible for multiple storage tiers.
Network Data Transfer IN/OUT, Bandwidth Pricing
The network ingress and egress is well captured via NSX manager and vRBC understands this data for every organization VDC (in turn each end customer) so as to be able to charge for network data transfer. Apart from data ingress and egress in MB’s, vRBC also computes 99% of data transfer as bandwidth and provides capability to charge an end customer who is using high bandwidth.
Network Services Enhancements
vRBC 7.4 is capable of discovering new services (Dynamic Routing, Distributed Firewall) in addition to an existing list of network services, and provides flexibility to charge a one-time or daily recurring charge.
VM Instance Based Pricing
T-shirt based sizing provides a way to implement a simple and effective pricing mechanism where service providers would define the sizing matrix and would be able to charge for the virtual machines depending on their size, for example Micro, Mini or Large.
For end customers who are charged based on an allocation pool model of vCloud Director, vRBC 7.4 provides flexibility to service providers to charge differently for consumption which goes above the guaranteed percentage level of allocated resources.
OS License Metering
Operating System license metering charges can be applied using one of the following 3 options ‘Based on VM Uptime’ or ‘Regardless of VM Power State’ or ‘If VM is powered-on at least once a day’.
Supports Pricing of vCloud Director properties (Media, Template)
vRBC 7.4 provides a brand new report for catalog items (additional storage elements) which now can be charged using storage pricing policies.
Integrated API Enhancements to Report Data for vCloud Director
An integrated reporting API increases the ease of integration with third-party systems to provide consumption and pricing information.
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This blog is published in collaboration with Jeevan Prabhu and Hicham Mourad.