Chargeback reporting in VMware vCac
A reader asked a great question in a comment about what was the ability to look at charges for running VMs in vCac. So I thought that would make a great blog post, after some lab time this is what I was able to put together.
The Chargeback reporting that is built into vCac is very easy to use but somewhat limited. There are just 3 reports available for Chargeback reporting. These can give you a good idea of what is going on in your VMware cloud but as you grow and mature your cloud you might require more detailed reporting. This is where I hope VMware merges the vCac reporting with the Chargeback abilities that are now included in the vC Ops Suite. With the combined power you would have a powerful tool.
The first report shown below in Image 1 is a Chargeback report grouped by reservations. This is grouped up and sorted by provisioning groups (PG). In vCac a PG is probably closest to what an Organization is in vCloud Director. The numbers in these are just something we tossed in for examples so that we can get some data back. There was not much thought placed on figuring out any real costs.
The next report shown in Image 2 is also grouped by Provisioning Groups but shows details on each VM that was created rather than a summary for the PG as in the previous report.
The last report is showing allocated resources that are grouped by requester. You can see from the report in Image 3 that we used a few different logins based on AD accounts to create VMs that are reflected in the report.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design