Create Virtualization Chargeback to Optimize IT Resource Usage

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Virtualization chargeback is critical for improving total cost of ownership

Excess virtual resource consumption

Business units consume shared IT resources without any accountability. This can lead to excessive VM resource consumption.

Spiraling IT costs

The consumption of more virtual resources than needed by siloed business units elevates the organization's entire IT budget.

Justifying virtualization costs

It's difficult to demonstrate the cost savings of virtualization to management without actual consumption metrics.

Introduce chargeback and improve TCO

  1. Create chargeback cost centers

    Create folders within VMware vSphere® or Hyper-V® to group VMs by department, projects, etc. for billing.

  2. Define chargeback pricing model

    Design your resource pricing model strategy.

  3. Create chargeback dashboard and reports

    Create dashboards and reports that show the dollar value of VM resource consumption.

  1. Create chargeback cost centers

    The first step in creating a chargeback and showback is to classify your internal business units based on VM resource consumption. You will create folders or resource pools within vSphere to group VMs by department or business function such as HR, sales or specific projects. Subsequently, the virtualization manager tool collects these folders or resource pools to display the groups in the chargeback or showback dashboards.

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  2. Define chargeback pricing model

    The next step is to define your pricing model. The three quintessential ways to charge for VM resources are:
    • 1) Fixed: A standard fixed cost per virtual machine
    • 2) Allocation: Charge based on VM resource allocation such as vCPUs, memory or storage space
    • 3) Usage: Charge based on resources that are actually being consumed
    You can also use an arbitrary combination of all three methods. Assess your organization’s VM consumption pattern to create the best pricing model for your purposes.

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  3. Create chargeback dashboard and reports

    The final step is to create a chargeback dashboard. You will use a Virtualization Manager feature called Trends that runs on a schedule and plots the result on a graph. Open the Trend configuration screen, choose the attribute for the cost to be plotted such as memory, vCPU and storage, and assign the appropriate dollar value (e.g. $25 for each GB of memory). Next, segment the trends according to your folders or resource pools. Finally, publish this trend on the dashboard. The chargeback dashboard is ready to view.

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Improve business accountability through VM chargeback

Virtualization Manager Starts at $2995

  • Show consumption of resources (CPU, memory, network and storage) by internal business units
  • Get a detailed view of private Cloud components that are driving up IT costs
  • Justify your private Cloud or virtual infrastructure investments to your senior management
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