Understanding vSAN metering and reporting



Utilization metering performs an vital function for companions who want to make the most of VMware merchandise on a pay-as-you-grow foundation.  It is a crucial a part of the VCCP program as a result of it offers suppliers visibility on their VMware product utilization, which helps them plan their infrastructure spending and development technique. The metering of the principle VMware merchandise which might be a part of this system is automated and facilitated by the Utilization Meter digital equipment.

One in every of these VMware merchandise is vSAN. VMware vSAN is a software-defined, enterprise storage resolution that helps hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) techniques. vSAN aggregates native or direct-attached knowledge storage gadgets to create a single storage pool shared throughout all hosts in a vSAN cluster.

Determine 1: vSAN Datastore

How is vSAN utilization metered?

When a vCenter server is added for metering within the Utilization Meter internet software, Utilization Meter routinely detects a cluster with enabled vSAN. The metering of vSAN begins instantly after the vCenter product certificates is accepted within the Utilization Meter internet software.

Determine 2: vCloud Utilization Meter 4.5 Net Software

vSAN utilization is metered on a cluster stage. Utilization Meter collects knowledge each 1 hour for the used storage capability and checks which vSAN options are used on a vSAN cluster stage.

If a vSAN characteristic is detected for use by a VM a part of the vSAN cluster, then the entire vSAN cluster is taken into account utilizing this characteristic.

Which vSAN variations are appropriate with Utilization Meter?

With the newest Utilization Meter 4.5, we goal to meet up with metering the vSAN options which might be accessible immediately. The listing of options accessible for metering immediately corresponds to vSAN 7.0 Replace 1. Right here is the listing of all vSAN editions that Utilization Meter 4.4 and 4.5 are appropriate with:

vCloud Utilization Meter 4.5 vCloud Utilization Meter 4.4
VMware vSAN™ 7.0.3 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 7.0.2 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 7.0.1 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 7.0 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 6.7.3 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 6.7.2 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 6.7.1 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 6.7 Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ Appropriate Appropriate
VMware vSAN™ 6.6.1 Appropriate Appropriate
Desk 1: Utilization Meter 4.4 and 4.5 Compatibility with vSAN

Notice: Though Utilization Meter 4.4 and 4.5 are appropriate with vSAN 7.0 Replace 2 and 7.0 Replace 3, they don’t meter all of the vSAN options accessible in these variations.

The next listing reveals which vSAN options are metered by Utilization Meter 4.4 and 4.5:

vSAN Options Utilization Meter 4.4 Utilization Meter 4.5
Stretched Cluster X X
Raid 5/6 Erasure Coding X X
File Companies X X
Deduplication and Compression X X
Knowledge-at-rest Encryption X X
vSphere distribution swap X X
Software program Checksum X X
Rack Consciousness X X
All-Flash help X X
iSCI Goal service X X
QoS- IOPS limits X X
HTML5 Consumer Interface X X
HCI Mesh   X
Shared Witness   X
Knowledge in Transit Encryption   X
Cloud Native Storage   X
Desk 2: vSAN Options Robotically Detected by Utilization Meter 4.4 and 4.5

Guide reporting of vSAN utilization

The reported license of the vSAN cluster that makes use of options that can’t be routinely metered (as seen within the above listing) have to be manually adjusted in VMware Commerce Portal MBO on the finish of the reporting month if that options will change the reported license.

Utilization Meter routinely detects the used storage capability per vSAN cluster, but it surely doesn’t routinely meter all accessible vSAN options. The vSAN options utilized by a VM a part of a vSAN cluster may be seen in vSphere.

To see the corresponding vSAN license version to every vSAN characteristic, your vSAN cluster makes use of, test the newest VCPP Product Utilization Information.

How is vSAN utilization reported?

vSAN used storage capability is reported towards the license version with that are related the options utilized by the VMs within the vSAN cluster.

Though the enabled license version for the cluster may very well be increased, e.g., vSAN Enterprise, the license that will likely be reported would be the one which corresponds to the detected by Utilization Meter vSAN options. That may very well be vSAN Normal if all of the detected options for the reporting interval fall into that license version.

If vSAN options are current in a number of editions, Utilization Meter will take the bottom license version. For instance, if in case you have a cluster utilizing solely Deduplication and Compression for the reporting interval, then the used storage capability of that cluster will likely be reported towards the vSAN Superior license.

How is vSAN utilization calculated?

vSAN utilization is calculated primarily based on the typical consumed storage capability per vSAN license version all through the month in GB.

“Used Capability” means the storage capability consumed by vSAN Overhead (deduplication and compression metadata reservation) and all VM Objects (like VMDK, SWAP information, VMX, Snapshots, and so on.) and never accessible for brand spanking new allocations.

The consumed storage capability for the month is aggregated illustration of the information accessible within the vSAN Cluster Historical past Report. The vSAN Cluster historical past report’s consumed storage is MB per cluster and time interval. To check it with the consumed storage capability within the Month-to-month Utilization Report, calculate the typical used storage capability for the month and switch it from MB to GB. Additionally, you will must spherical down the calculated common vSAN consumed storage capability to an entire quantity.

vSAN utilization within the Month-to-month Utilization Report

In Utilization Perception, there a utilization experiences that provide help to observe your aggregated utilization.

The aggregated utilization is proven below Utilization & Commerce within the Cloud Associate Navigator portal and reveals the vSAN utilization per license in the intervening time of reference. You too can test your utilization monthly, which is a snapshot of the utilization for that month.

Determine 3: vCloud Utilization Perception Month-to-month Utilization Report

vSAN Cluster Historical past Report

The vSAN Cluster historical past report, because the identify suggests, is a historical past report just for vSAN clusters. It contains detailed info on the storage capability that has been utilized by a cluster for a specific time interval. It additionally reveals the kind of vSAN license enabled per vSAN cluster and the int sum of the vSAN options used for that cluster (proven within the vSANFint column).

Notice: The utilized vSAN license for a cluster will not be reported by Utilization Meter because it compares the detected options towards the vSAN version with which they’re related. Which means that in case you are not utilizing all options included in your vSAN license, then Utilization Meter will solely report the consumed storage capability towards the license to which belong the detected options.

Determine 4: vSAN Cluster Historical past Report

How is vSAN utilization billed?

vSAN utilization is billed primarily based on common consumed storage capability in GB multiplied by the factors given for the license version to which all detected vSAN options for the month belong. At the moment, there are three vSAN license editions accessible: vSAN Normal, Superior, and Enterprise.

Every vSAN license version has a distinct VCPP level utilized to the used storage capability in GB.

Here’s a glimpse of the factors for every vSAN license version. They’re multiplied by the typical storage capability for the month in GB.

Determine 5: vSAN Server Factors per GB Consumed Storage Capability per License
Determine 6: vSAN Utilization in VMware Commerce Portal


VCPP Product Utilization Information

Utilization Meter 4.5 Product Detection Information

VMware Interoperability Matrix

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