What is vCenter chargeback Server?

What is vCenter chargeback Server?

vCenter chargeback helps to accurately assign, measure and analyze the cost of the workloads in a vCloud environment.

What are the main components of vCenter chargeback?

  • vCenter chargeback runs on the Apache Tomcat server instance. The users interacts with the vCenter chargeback application through a load-balancer that is Apache HTTP Server
  • vCenter chargeback retrieves the virtual infrastructure inventory and the resource and network usage information through the component so called the data collectors.
  • When you install the vCenter chargeback, the vCenter chargeback application, the load balancer, and the data collectors are installed and run on the same machine. Although the vCenter chargeback database can also be installed on the same machine, in a real-world scenario you install the application and the database  on the separate machine.
  • A single data collector instance replicates the information to the vCenter chargeback database from multiple vCenter server instances and vCloud director databases.

What is stored inside the vCloud Director Database?

The vCenter chargeback database stores the following chargeback-specific information, that includes the following:

  • vCenter chargeback hierarchy
  • vCenter chargeback users and roles
  • Cost models and usage metrics
  • Configuration settings

 What are the different type of data collector in vCenter Chargeback?

Three types of vCenter chargeback data collectors are provided.

  • vCenter chargeback data collector
  • vCloud data collector
  • vCloud networking and Security data collector

These data collectors collect vCenter server inventory and vCloud director organizational information, poll usage information, and populate vCenter chargeback database through synchronization jobs. The first instance is installed on the vCenter chargeback server when you install vCenter chargeback.

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