vRealize Business Standard Edition can be configured to provide cost information for vCenter Server.

The following is a high-level overview of the steps required to use cost information from vRealize Business Standard Edition in IaaS and the service catalog:

  1. Install and configure vRealize Business Standard Edition.

    1. Install vRealize Business Standard Edition.

    2. As a business management administrator, configure vRealize Business Standard Edition to manage costs for one or more vCenter Server instances.

    3. (Optional) Edit cost drivers in vRealize Business Standard Edition. This can include a markup for using the resources in addition to the raw resource cost, which contributes to the overall price.

      Note:

      vRealize Business Standard Edition supports configuring pricing policies based on vRealize Automation reservations and reservation policies. However, costs configured at this level in vRealize Business Standard Edition are not reflected in vRealize Automation.

    For more information, see the vRealize Business Standard Edition documentation.

  2. Create vSphere endpoints in IaaS for the same vCenter Server instances that you configured in vRealize Business Standard Edition.

Cost profiles are automatically generated for any hosts and clusters in the vCenter Server instances that are configured in both IaaS and vRealize Business Standard Edition. Values for monthly price in vRealize Business Standard Edition are converted to daily cost in IaaS.

Cost information is refreshed in IaaS every 24 hours. A fabric administrator can also manually initiate an update of cost information.

The automatically generated cost profiles cannot be viewed on the Cost Profiles page in IaaS. You can view the cost information on a compute resource that is managed by vRealize Business Standard Edition and update cost profiles for compute resources that are not managed by vRealize Business Standard Edition.

Note:

Although vRealize Business Standard Edition supports cost management for vCloud Director and Amazon AWS, costs from vRealize Business Standard Edition for these platforms are not integrated with IaaS or the service catalog.