This report helps you assess storage management costs for the backup infrastructure and tracks the consumption of storage by VM replicas.
The report estimates storage resources required to store replicas. The cost can be calculated based on the price of 1 GB or TB of consumed storage space or on the price of a single VM replica. If there is a datastore or volume that is more expensive than other ones, an administrator can also specify the price adjustment factor (or the multiplier) that characterizes the premium charged for access to the datastore/volume.
The report provides details on every replication job included into the report scope — the number of replicated VMs and total amount of gigabytes transferred to the storage — and estimates the total cost of the VMs.
This report allows managed storage providers (MSP) to generate billing statements for customers and charge them for the used storage.
The report can help administrators to evaluate efficiency of the storage resources utilization.
You can specify the following report parameters:
- Scope: defines a backup infrastructure subset to analyze in the report.
- Replication Job: defines a list of replication jobs to include in the report.
- Interval/Start date - End date: defines the interval for which the billing statement is required.
- Price: defines a storage price for accommodating 1 GB/TB of replica files or a price for a VM replica.
- Datastores: defines a list of datastores and volumes that will be analyzed in the report.
- Customer: defines customer name to be displayed in the report output.
- Billing Parameters - Datastores: defines the price adjustment factor that characterizes the benefit (and the expense) of using the preferred datastore/volume storage capabilities. The resulting cost is calculated by multiplying the basic rate by the multiplier.
This parameter is located in the Actions pane under the Billing Parameters section. Select the target datastore and supply the desired price adjustment multiplier.