Expenses Overview is a dashboard in which the expenses are categorized into Hardware, Storage on Demand, Licensing, Maintenance, Labor, Network, Facilities, and Additional Costs. You can see the total projected expense on your private cloud accounts for the current month and the trend of cost over time.

You can modify the expense of your data center. These costs can be in terms of percentage value or unit rate, and might not always be in terms of the overall cost. Based on your inputs, the final amount of expenses is calculated. If you do not provide inputs regarding expenses, the default values are taken from the reference database, which is part of the vRealize Business for Cloud product.

Expenses Overview displays projected cost of private cloud for the current month and the trend of total cost over time. For all the expenses, vRealize Business for Cloud displays the monthly trend of the cost variations, the actual expense and a chart that represents the actual expense and the reference cost of the expense.

Note

If the vCenter Server was added from more than six months, the trend displays the total cost for the last six months only. Otherwise, the trend displays the total cost from the month the vCenter Server was added into vRealize Business for Cloud.

Expense Types

Cost Drivers

Description

Hardware

You see the server cost based on CPU age and server cost details. For the complete server cost information, click the Hardware list with the complete cost information link.

Storage on Demand

You see the storage total distribution based on category and the uncategorized cost details. For the complete list of data stores and its cost information related to storage, click the Storage On Demand list with the complete cost information link.

Licensing

You see the licenses cost distribution for the operating systems cost and VMware license of your cloud environment. You can hover the mouse over the chart to see the cost details for each license. For the complete licensing cost information, click the Licensing list with the complete cost information link.

Note

For Non-ESX physical servers, VMware license is not applicable.

Maintenance

You see the maintenance cost distribution for the server hardware and operating system maintenance. You can hover the mouse over the chart to see the cost details for each maintenance type. For the complete cost information related to maintenance, click the Maintenance list with the complete cost information link.

Labor

You see the labor cost distribution for the servers, virtual infrastructure, and operating systems. You can hover the mouse over the chart to see the cost details for each labor type. For the complete cost information related to labor, click the Labor list with the complete cost information link.

Note

Labor cost includes expense on backup appliance virtual machine (VDP virtual appliance).

For physical servers, operating system labor cost and servers labor costs are applicable, virtual infrastructure cost is not considered.

Network

You see the networks costs by NIC type. You can hover the mouse over the chart to see the cost details for each NIC type. For complete cost information related to network, click the Network list with the complete cost information link.

Note

For physical servers, the network details are not captured. So, the network cost is considered as zero.

Facilities

You see the cost distribution for the facilities such as rent or real estate and power or cooling. You can hover the mouse over the chart to see the cost details for each facility type. For the complete cost information related to facilities, click the Facilities list with the complete cost information link.

Additional Costs

You see the for additional expenses such as backup and restore, high availability, management licensing, VMware software licensing.

You can select a data center to view the information specific to the data center.