Storage Tier Cost Analysis Dashboard for vRealize Operations 8.1 and Cloud

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Use this vRealize Operations dashboard to explore storage costs by tiers. The cost engine in vRealize Operations allows setting storage base rates (cost per GB per month) using vSphere Tags. Custom groups based on the same vSphere Tags can be leveraged to provide better insight into storage cost and utilization. To use this dashboard, select a Storage Tier from the list to see utilization, cost, and potential savings for the entire tier. Select a datastore from one of the top-n views to see the details for the specific datastore.

Please note that this dashboard requires additional configuration after importing. Refer to the Configuration section below for details.

Dashboard

Dashboard

Installation

  1. Import the custom groups at Environment / Custom Groups / Gear Icon / Import Custom Group(s)
    Import Custom Groups
  2. Click Browse... then select the file named CustomGroups.json
  3. The included custom groups are listed in the Custom Groups section.
  4. Import the super metrics at Administration / Configuration / Super Metrics / Import Super Metric
    Import Super Metric
  5. Click Browse... then select the file named supermetric.json
  6. For each Super Metric listed in the Super Metrics section, click on the vertical kebab and select edit.
    Policy Metrics
  7. Enable the Super Metric for each Policy shown in the Enable in a Policy stage of the wizard. Policy Library
  8. Repeat the previous 2 steps for the remaining Super Metrics listed in the Super Metrics section.
  9. Import the view at Dashboards / Views / Import...
    Import View
  10. Click Browse... then select the file named Views.zip
  11. The included views are listed in the Views section
  12. Import the dashboard at Dashboards / Actions / Manage Dashboards / Import Dashboards
    Import Dashboard
  13. Click Browse... then select the file named Dashboard.zip
  14. The dashboard should now be available in in the dashboard list
    Dashboard List
  15. The included dashboards are listed in the Dashboards section

Configuration

  1. Identify the stoage tag category and tag value used in Cost Drivers at Administration / Configuration / Cost Settings / Cost Drivers / Storage. Take a screenshot if needed as the tags are needed in subsequent steps. Storage Tag Category
  2. Navigate to Environment / Custom Groups to see the list of custom groups. Custom Groups List
  3. Edit each custom group in the included Custom Groups and change the category of Storage Tier to the storage tag category name from step 1. Edit Custom Groups
  4. For each tag value identified in step 1, create a custom group with a group type of Storage Tier, Keep group membership up to date enabled, and a rule for datastores that have Summary|vSphere Tag property which contains the tag value. Use the format of <Storage Tier-Tier Name>, where Storage Tier is the tag category and Tier Name is the tag value. Use the Preview to validate the rule before saving. Edit Custom Groups
  5. Repeat the previous step until there is a custom group for each tag value identified in step 1.
  6. After about 20 minutes the Storage Tiers widget in the dashboard should start showing the new metrics.

Dashboards

Dashboard Name Dashboard Path
Storage Tier Cost Analysis Shared Dashboards (GBrandon)/Cost

Views

View Name Name on Dashboard View Type
Storage Base Rates Storage Base Rate Distribution

Custom Groups

Custom Group Name Group Type
Untagged Local Storage Storage Tier
Untagged Shared Storage Storage Tier

Super Metrics

Super Metric Name Object Type
Storage Tier - Total Cost Storage Tier
Storage Tier - Potential Savings Storage Tier
Storage Tier - Total Capacity (GB) Storage Tier
Storage Tier - Used Space (GB) Storage Tier
Storage Tier - Provisioned Consumer Space Storage Tier
Storage Tier - Reclaimable Orphaned Disk Space Storage Tier

Support

This dashboard requires vRealize Operation 8.1 Advanced or Enterprise edition or vRealize Operations Cloud.

Please open an issue for feedback.

Changelog

2020-04-30

  • Initial release

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