You can use vCloud Usage Meter to generate different types of reports that monitor and track resource consumption.

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 about the monitored product, the unit type being metered, and the associated consumption, including usage information by VMware Cloud Provider Program bundles.

Table 1. Monthly Usage Report Details

Report Column

Description

Product

Product or VMware Cloud Provider Program bundle metered

Unit of Measure

Unit being measured

Units to be Reported

Quantity for the listed unit

You might observe fluctuations in the Monthly Usage Report. If a Service Provider mixes perpetual and VMware Cloud Provider Program licensed hosts in a cluster and enables DRS, this mixing of licenses can increase the fluctuations. To reduce these fluctuations, create homogeneous clusters containing a single billing category. This homogeneous cluster approach results in a cluster of VMware Cloud Provider Program licensed hosts separate from a cluster of perpetually licensed hosts.

You can now generate Virtual Machines by Product Server (VMPS) reports for NSX and vSAN. To generate a VMPS report for NSX and vSAN, you must run at least one collection for the reporting period. The VMPS report for NSX is organized by product category (NSX-Base, NSX-Advanced, NSX-Enterprise) and NSX servers. The VMPS report for vSAN is organized by product category (vSAN Standard, vSAN Advanced, vSAN Enterprise) and vCenter Server instances.

Note:

If you change the name of a vSAN enabled cluster, you get the new cluster name with the license and version information in the Monthly Usage report. The record for the old name of the cluster is missing license and version information in the report.

Customer Monthly Usage

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

Virtual Machine History

Earlier vCloud Usage Meter versions collect information about the vCenter Server inventory on an hourly basis. The result is large amounts of redundant data, that takes storage resources and slows down the report generation process.vCloud Usage Meter now remains connected to each vCenter Server and continually collects the relevant changes from each instance. Only these changes are saved in the database. Instead of hourly samples the vCloud Usage Meter keeps time spans, during which everything relevant about a virtual machine remains constant. If you keep a virtual machine powered on for two months, then power it off, there is one record kept of that entire two-month interval. You can see this change in the vCenter Server reports. The Virtual Machine History report replaces the Detailed Billing and Usage Reports. The Virtual Machine History report contains one line for each of the intervals described. For more information about billing metrics, see the VMware Cloud Provider Program Product Usage Guide in Partner Central at https://www.vmware.com/partners.html (login required).