You can add new virtual machines to your private cloud and compare its cost with the cost on other public cloud providers. vRealize Business for Cloud calculates and displays the cost of running virtual machines with similar configurations in your private cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, or any other public cloud providers that is added and imported in vRealize Business for Cloud.


Ensure that you have added a vCenter Server endpoint into vRealize Business for Cloud.


  1. Log in to vRealize Business for Cloud as an administrator.
    • https://vRealize_Automation_host_name/vcac/org/tenant_URL (for the vRealize Automation integrated setup)
    • https://vRealize_Business_for_Cloud_host_name/itfm-cloud (for the vRealize Business for Cloud standalone setup)
  2. Click Business Management.
  3. Expand What-If Analysis.
  4. Select Public Cloud.
    By default, vRealize Business for Cloud compares the cost of running the default virtual machine group on three providers such as, Private Cloud, AWS and Azure.
  5. To verify the cost on a different cloud provider, click Manage Cloud Providers.
    You see a list of additional providers, such as Amazon Government.
  6. Drag the provider that you want to select for cost comparison and click Done.
    You can modify the selection of all three cloud providers.
    You can see the cost of running the default virtual machine group on the selected data provider and can compare the cost on each selected provider.
  7. Perform one of the following steps to add virtual machines for cloud comparison.
    • Click the Add VM Group link to add new virtual machines group.
    • Click the Use current VMs as template link to select the virtual machines that you want to import from your private cloud.
    • Click the Import from Blueprint link to import a blueprint from vRealize Automation.
      • This option is available only under What-If Analysis > Public Cloud.
      • Ensure that the blueprint has a vSphere component and belongs to the same tenant.
      • Ensure that vRealize Business for Cloud is integrated with vRealize Automation 7.0 or later.
  8. (Optional) Modify the virtual virtual machine settings according to your requirements and click Save.


The cost of your infrastructure with additional virtual machines is updated for your private cloud and other public cloud providers. If you select more than one virtual machine, vRealize Business for Cloud groups the virtual machines together according to their CPU, RAM, and operating system configurations, and shows the number of virtual machines in this group.
Note: The location you select applies to all group configurations. For the existing group configurations from the earlier vRealize Business for Cloud, the top used location is assigned to all configurations. You cannot assign different location for each group configuration.