You can view, add, edit, or delete the cost of each server group, based on their configuration and the purchase date of a batch server running in your cloud environment. You can also specify the server cost for individual servers in a server group. After you update the server hardware cost, cost drivers update the total monthly cost and average monthly cost for each server group.


  1. From the left menu, click Configure and then, click Cost Drivers.
  2. In the Cost Drivers tab, click Server Hardware : Traditional.
    Note: You can customize the default value of cost per server and specify exclusive values for other servers in the list.

    For example, if you have a system that has eight servers you can modify the default reference value from $1000 to $800 for eight servers. You can also select two servers from the list and customize their value as $600. So, any new server that is added to the system will have the default value as $800.

  3. Select the required edit mode for changing the server hardware cost.
    • Edit for All Data centers - mode helps you to customize a single cost driver value for all the data centers. Any customizations done for the Specific data center mode are lost.
    • Edit for specific Data Center - mode helps you to customize different cost driver values for different data centers. Any customizations done for All data centers mode are lost.
      Note: When you select Edit for specific data center as the edit mode, then the select data center option is activated. Select the data center from the drop-down menu
  4. Click any server from the list of Server Group Description.
    The cost drivers groups all server hardware from all data centers in your inventory based on their hardware configuration.
    Category Description
    Server Group Description Displays the name of the server in your inventory.
    Number of Servers Displays the total number of servers of any particular hardware configuration in your inventory.
    Monthly Cost Displays the average monthly cost for server. This value is calculated as a weighted average of prices of purchased and leased batches.
    Note: If the vCenter does not set the server vendor model, then that server is listed under the group Others in VMware Aria Operations for Server Hardware : Traditional cost driver and Server Hardware : Hyperconverged cost driver.
  5. After selecting a server group, you can manually enter the required fields.
    1. Enter the Purchase Type and Cost Per Server.
      Note: You can use the + ADD COST PER SERVER option to create multiple server batches and set the cost for a specific server in a server group.
    2. Click Save.