The storage hardware is categorized according to the datastore storage category and storage type. You can edit the monthly cost per storage GB for the datastores based on their storage category (using tags) and storage type (NAS, SAN, Fiber Channel or Block).


To edit the cost based on storage category, you must create tags and apply them to the datastores on the vCenter Server user interface. For more information, see the VMware vSphere Documentation.


  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 Expenses and expand Private Cloud (vSphere).
  4. Select Cost Drivers.
  5. Select the Storage On Demand tab.
  6. Select Storage Category or Storage Type.
    By default, Storage Category is selected.
  7. (Optional) Select a tag category.
    This option is available only when you select Storage Category and you have at least one datastore tagged in vCenter Server.
    Note: You can select only one tag category to edit the monthly cost per GB based on tags. When you modify the tag category selection, vRealize Business for Cloud overrides the earlier tag category and recategorizes datastores based on the new tag category selection.
    Assume that you have two tag categories (for example, Profile and Tiers) with three tags in each category (Bronze, Silver, Gold in Profile and Tier1, Tier2, Tier 3 in Tiers), you can select either Profile or Tiers from Tag Category to categorize the datastores based on tags.
    Category Description
    Category or Storage Type
    • Category displays the tag categories for datastores and also the tags associated with the category. For example, Profile:Silver, Profile:Bronze.
      • If you have performed a fresh installation of vCenter Server 6.0, and not assigned tags to the datastores, vRealize Business for Cloud displays storage category for datastores as uncategorized.
      • If you are using earlier versions of vCenter Server like 5.1.x or 5.5.x, vRealize Business for Cloud displays the storage profile for datastores.
    • Storage Type displays the storage details for the datastores of type Virtual SAN or part of EMC SRM managed storage arrays. For example, Block Device, Fiber Channel, NAS, SAN. If the datastore is not on any of the storage device type, vRealize Business for Cloud displays the datastore as uncategorized.
    Datastores Displays the total number of datastores for a specific category or type. You can click the datastore value to see list of datastores and its details such as monthly cost, total GB for each datastore.
    Total GB Displays the total storage for a specific category or type.
    Reference Cost Displays the reference cost.
    Monthly Cost Per GB Displays the monthly cost per GB for a specific category or type. You can edit this value for defining the monthly cost per GB for datastores.
    Monthly Cost Displays the total monthly cost for a specific category or type.
  8. (Optional) Select a data center from the All Data Centers dropdown list to view or edit the storage information of a specific the data center.
  9. To edit the storage cost based on tag category and storage type, perform the following steps.
    1. Select the Storage Category or Storage Type.
    2. Click on a value in the Monthly Cost Per GB field on the table to update the cost for that particular tag or type.
    3. Modify the cost value.
      Example: For storage category, you can enter $0.5 for Bronze, $1.0 for Silver, $1.5 for Gold. Similarly, for storage types, you can enter $2.0 for Block Device, $2.5 for Fiber Channel, $3.0 for NAS.
  10. Click Save to save the updated storage monthly cost changes.


According to your updated values, vRealize Business for Cloud re-calculates and displays the monthly cost of your storage.