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 Report

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 Report

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).

When generating the Virtual Machine History Report, vCloud Usage Meter calculates the VM usage based on powered on and powered off timestamps that are recorded in the database. In the vCloud Usage Meter database, timestamps are recorded in milliseconds, while in the Virtual Machine History Report, the same values are rounded to seconds. As a result, you might think there are duplicated records in the report, but those are valid records that cover the same period of seconds. For example, the vCloud Usage Meter database contains the following records:

  • 11:25:30.002 to 11:25:30.234

  • 11:25:30.882 to 11:25:43.790

  • 11:25:54.934 to 11:26:43.831

When generating the Virtual Machine History Report, vCloud Usage Meter transforms these values to the following:

  • 11:25:30 to 11:25:30

  • 11:25:30 to 11:25:43

  • 11:25:54 to 11:26:43

Cluster History Report

The Cluster History report provides historic data for all vSAN enabled clusters. The report data includes Used Capacity in MB, On and Off statuses of vSAN features, such as Stretched Cluster, IOPS Limit, Deduplication, and Erasure Coding for the entire reporting month.

Horizon DaaS Tenants

The Horizon DaaS Tenants report provides data for the maximum allocated quota of VDI sessions and RDSH sessions. The VDI desktops used for RDSH and the utility and management virtual machines are excluded from the report.