Financial Overview

Terminology

TermDescription
Bundle

bundle is a plan type that gives the user a fixed dollar amount of usage or a fixed VM-hour limit.

Concurrent VMsThe number of simultaneously running VMs permitted to each user under a monthly usage plan
Discount rateContracts sometimes have a discount rate that provides users an incentive to sign a longer contract. Typically, a longer contract length has a deeper discount rate. This discount is applied to a plan's base one-time fee, annual fee, bundle price, and monthly subscription fee (Cisco does not discount overage and storage fees).
Minimum chargeThe minimum number of minutes deducted from a plan when a user runs an application.
Monthly VM hoursThe number of VM hours credited to the user each month.
Maximum Running VMsThe number of VMs permitted to the user each month.
Overage limit

If users exceed the limit stipulated in the subscription, Admins can decide if they want to charge a fee when users exceed the limit:

  • Limited: Stops deployment after reaching limit (specified fee is charged)
  • Unlimited (default): Continues deployment after overage rate kicks in (no additional charge
Plan

plan is an agreement determined by the admin and assigned to a user to determine the capacity or allowed usage for that user.

Runtime

Runtime refers to the number of hours:

  • VM: The number of hours that the VM has been running as part of a deployment
  • External Service: The number of hours for which the service has been active as part of a deployment


Bundle and Plan Management

The root tenant automatically has a default unlimited subscription plan. All users in a tenant automatically inherit the plan assigned to the tenant.

A tenant admin can create more restrictive plans and assign them to users in the tenant or to a subtenant.

If the tenant admin does not assign a plan to a newly created subtenant, then all users in the subtenant will be unable to deploy applications, and the subtenat admin will be unable to create any bundles and plans.

Admins have the following flexibility when managing bundles and plans:

  • Restrict certain bundles, and plans to just admins so it is not available to all users.

  • Edit or delete bundles, and plans if no users have signed up. If users have signed up, the admin must create a new bundle or plan and revise the required settings.

  • Delete a bundle if that bundle is not assigned to any user.

Bundle and Plan Creation

See Bundle Configuration and Plan Configuration.

Assigning Plans to Subtenants and Users

After creating bundles and plans they must be assigned to subtenants or users in order to be effective.

To assign a plan (and any associated bundle) to a subtenant follow these steps:

  1. From the Suite Admin UI > Tenants, find the subtenant in the subtenant list and click the dropdown icon in the actions column.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Manage Plan or Manage Bundle, as appropriate. The corresponding dialog box appears.
    1. For the Manage Plan dialog box, select the appropriate Usage Plan, Bundle, and Plan Adjustment. Then click Done.
    2. For the Manage Bundle dialog box, select the appropriate Bundle. Then click Done.

To assign a plan (and any associated bundle) to a user follow these steps:

  1. From the Suite Admin UI > Users, find the user in the users list and click the dropdown icon in the actions column.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Manage Plan or Manage Bundle, as appropriate. The corresponding dialog box appears.
    1. For the Manage Plan dialog box, select the appropriate Usage Plan, Bundle, and Plan Adjustment. Then click Done.
    2. For the Manage Bundle dialog box, select the appropriate Bundle. Then click Done.

Plan Types

When creating a plan in Workload Manager, the administrator must select one of five possible plan types that are summarized in the following table.

Category

Plan Types


Subscription

VM Hour Subscription (Default)

  • Specifies a limit for the number of VM hours per month 
  • Enable Rollover:  If checked, any unused VM hour balance will rollover to the next month.
  • Overage Limit and Overage Rate

VM Subscription

  • Allows a specified number of concurrent VMs across all supported clouds
  • Overage Limit and Overage Rate
  • The VM count begins as soon as the VM is deployed

Unlimited Subscription

  • Does not have any limitations on usage
  • Users in this plan are not limited to VM hours, number of VMs, or a budget limit

Bundle

VM-Hour Bundle

  • Specifies a limit for the the total number of VM-hours used. You can start new deployments until this VM-hour amount is consumed.
  • Usage Increment Units: If checked, units above the limit are rounded up to the next level (for example, 11 minutes of actual usage with a 10-minute increment unit will be metered as 20 minutes).
  • Overage Limit and Overage Rate

Budget Bundle

  • Specifies a limit for the total currency spent. You can start new deployments until this currency amount is consumed.
  • Overage Limit and Overage Rate

Common Options for All Plan Types

The parameters and check box selections that the following table describes are available to all plan types.

Parameter/Check BoxDescription
Usage Details
Only Visible to Tenant Admin
  • If checked, this plan is only visible to the tenant admin.
  • Default = unchecked.

Meter Applications

Integrated metering, reporting, and billing ensure that users are always aware of their consumption and are charged appropriately for what they use.

  • Workload Manager monitors and meters deployed applications through the Management Agent. Monitoring and metering data is used for reporting purposes.

  • Workload Manager meters end user activity and enforces custom plans.

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