The machine cost is displayed at various stages of the request and provisioning life cycle and is updated according to the current information in the request or on the provisioned item.

Daily cost and lease cost appear at all stages of the lifecycle. After the machine is provisioned, the cost-to-date also appears.

Table 1. Cost Displayed During the Request and Provisioning Life Cycle

Life Cycle Stage

Value Displayed for Cost

Viewing the catalog item details before a request

Projected costs based on the cost profile, the lease duration specified in the blueprint, the daily blueprint cost, and the machine resources on the physical machine.

More than one physical machine that matches the blueprint specifications can exist. If these machines have different costs, the cost displays as a range.

If the blueprint has the at least option selected for resource matching, then the candidate physical machines can have different specifications from what is selected in the blueprint, resulting in higher costs than expected.

If the blueprint specifies a range for the lease duration or the daily cost is a range, the lease cost appears as a range with the lower bound being the minimum lease duration multiplied by the minimum cost, and the upper bound being the maximum lease duration multiplied by the maximum cost.

Completing the request form

Projected costs based on the cost profile, the lease duration specified in the request form, the daily blueprint cost, and the machine resources on the physical machine.

More than one physical machine that matches the specifications in the request form can exist. If these machines have different costs, the cost displays as a range.

If the blueprint has the at least option selected for resource matching, then the candidate physical machines can have different specifications from what is specified in the request form, resulting in higher costs than expected.

By default, the request form is populated with the minimum values for machine resources and lease duration, and the values for daily and lease costs are calculated accordingly. The costs are updated as the user edits the relevant values in the request form.

Viewing details of a submitted request or approving a request

Projected costs based on the requested lease duration, blueprint cost, and the machine resources on the physical machine.

More than one physical machine that matches the specifications in the request can exist. If these machines have different costs, the cost appears as a range.

If the blueprint has the at least option selected for resource matching, then the candidate physical machines can have different specifications from what is specified in the request, resulting in higher costs than expected.

Viewing the details of a provisioned machine

Actual daily cost, lease cost, and cost-to-date based on the resource use of the provisioned machine, lease duration, blueprint cost, and number of days since the machine was provisioned.