Tip Tuesday: Accounting and billing customizations for all!

Abiquo supports two basic charging models for cloud resources:

  • Allocation – where customers are allocated a pool of cloud resources (vCPU,vRAM,storage etc.) and are charged for those resources regardless of whether they are consumed or not

  • Consumption – where customers are charged for the resources they have actually consumed, typically on an hourly basis.

However, the needs of Abiquo customers are often more complex with discounts, commitment, burst and many other models coming into effect and in order to meet those customer needs, and to also deliver flexible accounting and billing solutions Abiquo have developed a billing plugin integration.

This allows Abiquo’s rich set of raw data (allocation, and consumption) to be imported to an easy to read CSV file, or directly to a billing solution such as Aria, Zuora, Ubersmith or CloudCruiser. Billing data can be aggregated in a number of different ways by Abiquo in order to support a variety of different tennant models.

As well as standard resources such as vRam, vCPU, and Storage, Abiquo can also provide accounting data for other services that may incur additional costs on the cloud platform. Functionality such as reserved hardware, high availability can all be metered, along with additional resources such as specific template images or hypervisors.

The billing integration also supports custom connectors. Allowing data from third party sources (e.g. networking bandwidth) to also be tracked and aggregated with other usage data that will form the final bill.

Click here to learn more about the Abiquo billing integration or click here to find out more about Accounting in Abiquo.

Abiquo’s technology agnostic approach means more choice and flexibility and with the latest edition of the Abiquo software; Abiquo v2.6 we now support more compute and storage than ever before. Allowing cloud providers to get maximum value from their existing investments, or tailor services for their customers.

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                                                              More choice with Abiquo v2.6                                                                   

Abiquo v2.6 supports:

Public Cloud
AWS EC2 with VPC

Hypervisors (Compute)
VMWare vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
Citrix XenServer 6.2.0
KVM CentOS/RHEL 6.4
Oracle VM Server for x86 V3.2.1

Storage
ANY hypervisor datastore
ANY NFS storage for self service storage (external volumes and persistent VM’s)
generic iSCSi supports ANY iSCSi storage
integrated iSCSi (for more storage self service) supports
NetApp ONTAP 7, ONTAP 8.1.3, ONTAP 8.2
Nexenta NexentStor 3.0.4, 3.1.3
LVM CentOS/RHEL 5 or 6

Download Abiquo v2.6 and see how much choice you have with Abiquo.

Many organisations are wary of the agility that comes with cloud services and rightly so! They feel that they will no longer have control over users who now have access  to self service, outside the constraints of normal IT controls. Abiquo helps you deliver those cloud services, so that your users have the benefits of self service, whilst allowing you to remain in complete control.

Resource limits can be set for all of your cloud resources (compute, memory, storage and networking) for each cloud tennant. Those same resource limits can also be applied at a more granular Virtual DataCenter, or physical data center level, if required. Meaning that the cloud provider remains in complete control of anyone who can using that resources and where in the infrastructure those resources can be used. All of Abiquo’s resource limits contain a hard limit, that cannot be exceeded and a soft limit that can generate warnings or alerts to both the end user, or the administrator, or even the sales guy.

 

                                                                                    Abiquo Resource Limits

With v2.6, Abiquo has extended its capabilities to include AWS EC2. The same control of resources now applies to the public cloud, with the cloud administrator controlling how much resource can be used in each AWS region, and therefore controlling how much can be spent. Here are the limits you can set in an Amazon Virtual Datacenter in Abiquo:

                                                Setting resource limits in your Amazon environment with Abiquo

 

Contact Abiquo now to take control of your cloud resources!