Cloud computing allows IT administrators to give their users near-unbridled access to IT resources. However, to maintain control over growth and capacity utilization, it is important to make users aware of the costs of the resources that they consume. This can be a challenge for OpenStack cloud operators since available solutions may require customization to correctly interpret OpenStack data points.
Fortunately, VMware vRealize Business (vRB) is capable of assisting IT administrators with this task. As shown in Figure 1, vRB provides a dashboard that breaks down operating costs according to the various factors of running a data center. vRB calculates these costs according to the number of VMs in the environment and combines that data with information in its repository of data center costs to produce the reports.
The following video shows vRealize Business in action with OpenStack:
Stay tuned for the next installment covering OpenStack day 2 operations! In the meantime, you can learn more on the VMware Product Walkthrough site and on the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.