vCloud Usage Meter is a virtual appliance that you deploy by using thevSphere Web Client. To set up the virtual appliance, you must set the required passwords, configure your network, and add a vCenter Server instance for metering.

The size of your data set and the vCenter Server inventories that vCloud Usage Meter meters, affect its speed of data collection, so you must note system requirements and metering capacities. For large data sets and vCenter Server inventories, consider deploying more than one vCloud Usage Meter appliance. You can consolidate the reported data from multiple virtual appliances in monthly reports to your VMware Cloud Provider Program aggregator.

To avoid configuration problems and ensure accurate metering of products, the vCloud Usage Meter date and time must be synchronized with the date and time of the metered products. As a best practice, use the same NTP server for the vCloud Usage Meter appliance and the metered products.