The vRealize Business for Cloud dashboard is designed to support unified cloud business management data model. To support better coherent and unified data model, the dashboard is categorized into main categories such as Overview, Infrastructure, Consumption, Planning and Reports.

Table 1. vRealize Business for Cloud Dashboard

Sections

Description

Overview

Provides information about total expense, cost of operations, and the total consumption cost.

  • Expenses - Displays the total projected expense on your private and public cloud accounts for the current month. You see a bar with different colors that represents the expense trend estimated for all account types (private, public and vCloud Air, if configured). You can hover the mouse on the each color of the trend bar to see a tool tip, which displays the total estimated expense for an individual account type. The estimated expense value is calculated based on cost utilization for the last six months.

    Note:

    The projected expense for public cloud and vCloud Air is calculated by using the following equation:

    Projected cost = A + (B * n), where, A is the total cost till date, B is the cost of previous day and n is the remaining number of days for the current month.

  • Operations - Displays the estimated total number of virtual machines from private and public cloud accounts for the current month. You can also see a bar with different colors that represents the virtual machine count trend from all account types (private, public and vCloud Air, if configured). You can hover the mouse on the each color of the trend bar to see a tool tip, which displays the total virtual machine count for an individual account type.

  • Consumption - Displays the projected charge value for the current month. You can also see the cost versus charge graphs in different colors, that indicates your estimated expense (the cost value) for maintaining the datacenters and the amount you are charging consumers for the current month. This helps you to analyse whether your under recovery or over recovery. You can hover the mouse on each bar to see a tool tip with the estimated cost and charge values.

Note:

All values on the Overview page are estimated values that are calculated based on the values from past six months.

Infrastructure

Provides all infrastructure expenses, which includes private, public and hybrid cloud expense details.

Consumption

Provides cost and charge values associated with the resources and provides reclamation information. It allows you to set the budget values and helps to analyse about the usage of the cloud services based on cost and charge values. You can see the showback statement

Planning

Provides the cost estimation of running a completely new instance or an existing instance of a virtual machine in the private cloud by using the cost drivers of your private cloud, and then provides you with a comparison of the cost of the same configuration in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and vCloud Hybrid Service cloud models. It enables you for data center optimization.

Reports

Enables you to generate reports to get cost details of vCenter Server, vCloud Director, vRealize Automation, and the public cloud details. You can also create customized reports.