You can use vCloud Usage Meter to generate different types of reports that monitor and track resource consumption by a customer or by a vSphere inventory object.

Click Reports in the top right menu bar of the Web application and then select the type from the Report drop-down.

Monthly Usage

The Monthly Usage report provides information such as, the product being monitored, the unit type being metered, and the associated consumption, including usage information by vCAN bundles.

Table 1. Monthly Usage Report Details

Report Column

Description

Product

Product or vCAN bundle metered

Unit of Measure

Unit being measured

Units to be Reported

Quantity for the listed unit

There may be fluctuations in the Monthly Usage Report, if a vCAN Partner or Service Provider mixes perpetual and vCAN licensed hosts in a cluster and enables DRS. To avoid these fluctuations, create homogeneous clusters containing a single billing category. This creates a cluster of vCAN licensed hosts separate from a cluster of perpetually licensed hosts.

Customer Monthly Usage

The Customer Monthly Usage report provides the same information as the monthly usage Units section of the Monthly Usage report, but is broken down by customer.

Virtual Machine History

In previous versions of vCloud Usage Meter, information about the vCenter Server inventory items (virtual machines, folders, hosts, etc.) was collected every hour and saved in the database. The result is large amounts of redundant data, that takes storage space and slows down the report generation process.vCloud Usage Meter 3.5 remains connected to each vCenter Server and continually receives the relevant changes (power, new virtual machine, deleted virtual machine, new folder, virtual machine moved to a different host, etc.) from each instance. Only these changes are saved in the database. Instead of hourly samples the vCloud Usage Meter 3.5 keeps time spans, during which everything relevant about a VM remains constant. If a VM is powered on for two months and is then powered off, there will be just one record kept of that entire two-month interval. These changes are reflected in the vCenter Server reports. The Detailed Billing and Usage Reports are replaced by the Virtual Machine History report, that contains one line for each of the intervals described above. For more information about billing metrics, see the vCAN Product Usage Guide in Partner Central at https://www.vmware.com/partners.html (login required).