Cloud Director Availability Metering

Cloud Director Availability Metering #

Usage Meter collects the number of all replications (migrations and protections) configured in VMware Cloud Director Availability during the month. The collection is performed on an hourly basis. Replications for both powered-on and powered-off VMs are counted. At the end of the month, the report shows the number of all the unique migrated VMs and all the unique protected VMs.

Prerequisites #

  • vCloud Usage Meter can connect to VMware Cloud Director Availability.
  • You have the root credentials for the VMware Cloud Director Availability appliance.
  • The VMware Cloud Director Availability certificate is FIPS compliant.

Configuration #

  1. In the main menu bar of the vCloud Usage Meter Web interface, click Products.
  2. In the left navigation pane, click VMware Cloud Director Availability.
  3. On the VMware Cloud Director Availability page, click the Add.
  4. In the Endpoint text box, enter the host name or IP address of your Cloud Replication Management Appliance.
  5. In the Username and Password text boxes, enter the credentials of a VMware Cloud Director Availability root user.
  6. Click Add.

Note: If you deploy vCloud Usage Meter in an external network and has no direct access to VMware Cloud Director Availability, Cloud Replication Management Appliance, or the vCenter Replication Management Appliance, as Endpoint, provide the Service Endpoint address. For Cloud Replication Management Appliance, set the Restrict Admin APIs by source IP configuration to Allow admin access from anywhere.

If the metering fails due to VMware Cloud Director Availability not being available or Usage Meter is not functioning, Usage Meter will report the last known “Protected VMs” count. This can lead to some replications not reported in the total number of unique replications for the month. If there is no successful collection during the month, VMware Cloud Director Availability usage will not be reported.

Metered cases #

  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter Cloud-to-vCenter Cloud Protections
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter Cloud-to-vCenter Cloud Migrations
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter Cloud-to-vCenter Protections
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter Cloud-to-vCenter Migrations
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter-to-vCenter Cloud Protections
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability vCenter-to-vCenter Cloud Migrations

Reporting #

VMware Cloud Director Availability ™ reporting consists of:

  • Disaster Recovery: The number of VMs under protection - 10 points per protected virtual machine per month. A protected VM is any virtual machine that is replicated from the primary site to the recovery site, regardless of whether the VM is powered on or off.
  • Migration: The number of VMs configured for migration (no charge) - 0 points per migration. To be counted as migration, the workload replication must be configured by using the button “New migration” from the UI or by invoking an API call that sets the replication type to migration.

Please note that all usage should be reported to the following SKUs, regardless of the version in use:

  • VMW-VCAN-CA-C – VMware Cloud Director Availability – Disaster Recovery
  • VMW-VCAN-CA-MIG-C – VMware Cloud Director Availability – Migration