Several factors can contribute to the calculation of cost for virtual machines.

The daily cost of a machine is based on the cost of the memory, CPU, and storage resources that it consumes, and the blueprint cost.

Table 1. Daily Cost Drivers

Cost Driver

Calculated Cost

Memory

Allocated memory (GB) multiplied by the daily memory cost per gigabyte specified in the cost profile associated with the compute resource on which the machine is provisioned

CPUs

Number of allocated CPUs multiplied by the daily CPU cost specified in the cost profile associated with the compute resource on which the machine is provisioned

Storage

Allocated storage (GB) multiplied by the storage cost per gigabyte specified in one of the following places:

  • The cost profile associated with the compute resource on which the machine is provisioned

  • The storage cost profile on the datastore on which the machine is provisioned

The cost specified in a storage cost profile for a specific datastore overrides the storage cost specified in a cost profile on the compute resource.

Blueprint cost

The value for daily cost specified in the machine blueprint is added to the total cost of the machine.

This value can represent a markup for using the machine in addition to the resources consumed by the machine.

Lease cost is calculated as daily cost multiplied by the total number of days in the lease period, if applicable.

Cost-to-date is calculated as daily cost multiplied by the number of days a machine is provisioned.