To facilitate reporting of the vCloud Service Provider Bundles and standalone products, VMware has developed vCloud Usage Meter. For full reporting requirements please see the VMware Cloud Provider Product Usage Guide. The VMware Cloud Provider Program requires that partners use the latest generally available (GA) version of vCloud Usage Meter.

Usage Meter 3.6 Features and Benefits

Product Benefits

Ease of Monetization

vCloud Usage Meter 3.6 leverages granular, minute-by-minute metering at the VM level—instead of the cluster level—so you can easily break out product usage per end customer and bill accordingly.

Need to deploy multiple editions of VMware NSX® across tenants? No problem, vCloud Usage Meter 3.6 detects NSX at the feature level and allows automated metering of mixed editions of NSX to meet the individual networking and security needs of your end customers.

Usage Meter 3.6 supports Service Provider hosted VMware vRealize® Operations™ managing tenant infrastructures, allowing you to gain transparency and control over the cost and quality of IT services at your location and in your customers’ environments.

Scalability

Usage Meter 3.6 allows for increased metering, scaling to 50 vCenter instances, 24,000 VMs, and 1,000 customers.

Interoperability

For a complete list of metered products please visit the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices. Usage Meter 3.6 now meters vCloud Availability for vCloud Director and vSAN Enterprise Add On. Usage Meter 3.6 meters the following products:

• vCenter Server
• NSX
• vRealize Operations Manager
• vRealize Automation
• vCloud Director for Service Providers
• vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
• Site Recovery Manager
• Horizon DaaS
• vSAN

Monitoring

vCloud Usage Meter 3.6 notifies Usage Meter operators on metering interruptions via email sent to an operator configured email address.

Migration

Operational Efficiencies

Get access to archived usage reports when you upgrade from Usage Meter 3.5. Migration to Usage Meter 3.6 is designed to fit into your existing maintenance window. Plus, prior monthly reports from Usage Meter 3.5 are archived and can be easily accessed for reference.

VMware recommends as a best practice that partners continue to run their last version of Usage Meter in parallel for the first month of reporting to compare usage.

Security

The base OS in the virtual appliance has been updated to address a large number of known software vulnerabilities.