VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager is a tool for calculating the costs of virtual resources for IT chargeback.
Chargeback measures the resources that business units use -- including compute cycles, storage consumption and licensing in order to help an organization meet its service-level agreements (SLAs) and make sound business decisions. Using the concept of chargeback hierarchy, Chargeback Manager organizes vCenter objects -- hosts, virtual machines and resource pools -- as a container or parent, which corresponds with vCenter Server items.
Chargeback Manager's reports compliment the Waste metrics in vCenter Operations Manager and can help identify how to make the vSphere environment operate more efficiently. Introduced in 2009, Chargeback Manager is available as a standalone product, or as part of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. Chargeback Manager requires its own database and supports Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database platforms.
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