This technical guide shows an administrator how to use CloudForms 4.2, with the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack v6.0.1, to create custom chargeback reports.  This allows the operator to monetize virtual machine usage by applying charges based on the resources they utilize.  With this solution, charges are calculated based upon rates that may be customized by the administrator, and are applied to resources such as CPU and memory usage.

Red Hat CloudForms is a hybrid cloud management platform, based on the open source project called ManageIQ, that accelerates service delivery and reduces operational costs for both private and public clouds. It has a self-service portal and service catalog with automated provisioning and workload lifecycle management, including reconfiguration and retirement. It also includes resource quota enforcement, cost allocation, and chargeback capabilities. CloudForms can help improve operational visibility and control through continuous discovery, monitoring, and tracking of resource usage.  CloudForms helps ensure compliance and governance by providing automated policy enforcement and remediation. Its segmented user role-based access with approval workflows makes for easy configuration auditing, change tracking, and drift analysis.

This guide builds on the related guide for Deploying CloudForms.  For a summary of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack and all technical resources, please visit our main OpenStack TechCenter page