Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand offers resource pool-based pay-as-you-go service (versus a virtual machine instance-based service). Specifically, you have flexibility to define virtual machine deployment without being required to use pre-defined billable package sizes. You can create virtual machines of arbitrary sizes and expand them as needed.

Flexible Virtual Machine Resource Deployment
Flexible Virtual Machine Resource Deployment

Your ability to define resource allocation to your virtual machines combined with the metering approach VMware employs means you are charged only for the resources you consume.

To calculate resource usage and generate your billing statements, Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand monitors your environment for changes to your virtual machines; such as, creating or deleting a virtual machine, changing a virtual machine's power state (powering on or off, suspending, or resuming), or adjusting resources allocated to a virtual machine. Additionally, Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand monitors your gateways to determine when you allocate or de-allocate public IP addresses to them.

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand aggregates the data from environment changes and displays summary information in the Resource Usage tab based on the time range you select. See Ways To View Resource Usage for information.

Every hour, Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand sends metering data to My VMware so that VMware can apply this resource usage to your account for billing. See the My VMware Help (My VMware Get Help Icon) for information.

VMware meters usage of the following resources for your Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand account:

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand Metered Resources

Resource

Unit

Triggering Events Affecting Billing

vCPU

GHz

Virtual machine powered on, powered off, or deleted

vRAM

GB

Virtual machine powered on, powered off, or deleted

Storage

GB

Storage allocated or de-allocated to a virtual machine

OS and application licenses

Number

Virtual machine deployed using license and powered on, powered off, or deleted

Public IP addresses

Number

Public IP addresses allocated or de-allocated to a gateway

You can create virtual machines based on the third-party operating system and application templates in the VMware Public Catalog. See Catalogs and Templates Overview for information.

As indicated in the VMware Public Catalog, some templates are paid templates (Paid Template in the VMware Public Catalog). These paid templates correspond to license SKUs in My VMware. See the My VMware Help (My VMware Get Help Icon) for information.

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand meters license usage hourly and charges accrue when the virtual machines running the licensed software are powered on. To calculate your billing statement, VMware applies the following metrics to determine charges for licensed software:

Charges per hour

Time: minutes the virtual machine is powered on

vCPU Support Rating: a usage multiplier for third-party licensed templates to calculate license charges for your billing statement

When you configure a virtual machine to run more or less vCPUs than specified by the vCPU Support Rating, VMware applies the usage multiplier.

Note

The vCPU Support Rating is not a guideline to recommend virtual machine resource configuration.

The following example shows how the metrics apply to determine licensing charges:

You create a virtual machine using the paid template for Microsoft Windows 2012 SQL Server 2008.

Licensing charges are $1.00 per hour (in this example).

During the monthly billing cycle, the virtual machine is powered on for 120 minutes.

The vCPU Support Rating for the template is 2 vCPUs.

You configure the virtual machine to run 4 vCPUs.

Licensing charge calculation:

Per Minute Usage Charge

Time Powered On

Support Rating Multiplier

Cost

(((1/60)

* 120)

* (4/2))

(Actual # vCPUs/Support Rated # vCPUs)

= $ 4.00