ViPR SRM 3.6 – Create Custom Chargeback Reports

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LUN chargeback report features

Learn how to create a chargeback/showback report for a specific application, customer, or business unit in ViPR SRM.

Report types

The LUN storage chargeback reports can help you understand the actual cost of storage in your environment. A set of four reports show chargeback metrics for different aspects of storage usage.

Primary Used Chargeable report
Primary storage is space for the original copy of data (and not for clones, snapshots, or replications). Used storage is the blocks that were allocated to arrays and are now unavailable for use by another device.
Primary Presented Chargeable report
Primary storage is for the original copy of data (and not for clones, snapshots, or replications). Presented storage is space that was made available to the host systems by the storage systems.
Total Used Chargeable report
Total storage is space for the original copy of data plus data clones, snapshots, and replications. Used storage is the blocks that were allocated to arrays and are now unavailable for use by another device.
Total Presented Chargeable report
Total storage is space for the original copy of data plus data clones, snapshots, and replications. Presented storage is space that was made available to the host systems by the storage systems.

Object storage chargeback metrics are contained in a separate set of reports. Those reports show object storage usage by service levels within tenants and projects.

About device groups

All of the LUN storage chargeback reports show metrics by device groups, broken down by service levels.

A device group is a collection of storage devices. Membership in a group is controlled by dynamic rules and static selection. You can create new device groups and edit membership to existing groups.

Advanced features include:

About LUN service levels

The LUN service levels classify LUN storage space according to storage characteristics, such as the storage device type, disk type, speed, or response time. Service levels help to ensure compliance to service level agreements (SLAs) and customer needs.

Service level names are predefined and consist of commonly used names, such as Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Each service level is defined by underlying rules. With appropriate permissions, administrators can customize these rules and add new rules to a service level.

Three custom service levels are installed without any rules and are available for you to add rules to them.

Customized chargeback reports

Customized groups, along with customized service levels, provide a way to classify, analyze, and charge back for storage usage according to your business needs and SLAs.

To capture chargeback metrics for a specific customer, application, or business unit, define a device group that contains all of the storage devices used by that customer, application, or business unit. ViPR SRM automatically generates a set of chargeback reports for the new group.


Primary Presented Chargeable report for a customer-specific group of devices

Example customer-specific chargeback report

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Configure a customer chargeback report (video content)

Define a group of devices used by a customer, and view automatically generated chargeback reports for that customer. Change the reporting period to get monthly metrics.

You can use this same method to obtain chargeback reports specific to an application or a business unit.

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Set reporting period and schedule a report (video content)

Learn how to schedule a report to run on a recurring schedule and how to automatically send the results to a list of recipients in email.

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