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Foglight Cost Director 7.1.0 - User Guide

Enabling the Quest Pricing Cloud & Data Protection Portal Integration

The Quest Pricing Cloud is a live DB of Infrastructure as a Service Offerings and their associated costs. Pricing data is collected daily from the leading public cloud and participating managed service providers (MSPs). You can select the Enabling the Quest Pricing Cloud & Data Protection Portal Integration checkbox, and then click Start to interface with Foglight Cost Director. Then you will be directed to the Initialize Cost Director dashboard. For more information, see Creating a default Price Plan.

Creating a default Price Plan

When you start up Foglight Cost Director the first time, you will be directed to the Initialize Cost Director dialog box which walks you through the procedure of setting up the default Price Plan.

On the navigation panel, under Homes, click Cost Director.
The Cost Director dashboard opens.
In the Cost Director dashboard, click Activate.
The Initialize Cost Director dashboard opens.
Datacenter Costs: This step creates the default cost structures for all VMs, which includes the following parts:
Set your local currency: Specify the cost currency by clicking the currency and a Currency Configuration dialog box will open. The supported currency includes USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, and CNY. Exchange Rate to USD can also be set on this page.
I/O Operation Cost per 100000 = 100000 x (Total Storage Cost x IO Cost Weight%) / (IOPS Capacity x Storage Lifecycle Year x 365 x 24 x 3600)
Add Business Unit. Click the button and an Add new business unit dialog box opens. Specify the required information.
Select the unallocated VMs from the left table, and then click Move In to assign the selected virtual machines to the specified Business Unit, as needed. Click Next.
Costs Summary: View the topology dependency on the Costs Summary view, and then click Finish.
The creation of the default Price Plan is completed, and then the Cost Director > On-Premises dashboard opens by default. Also you can view the detailed information about created Organization, Business Unit, Default Price Plan, and Topology dependency view through the Cost Director > On-Premises > Administration dashboard.

Recommended additional reading

As tasks on the Chargeback dashboard, the Cloud Cost dashboard, and the Container Cost dashboard are commonly used throughout Foglight and Foglight Evolve products. Quest recommends that you read the following guides to understand both dashboards and the relevant tasks.

Chapter Reporting on Your Enterprise in the Foglight User Guide.
Chapter Cost Tab in the Foglight Hybrid Cloud Manager for Azure User and Administration Guide.
Chapter Cost in the Foglight for Container Management User and Administration Guide.
Chapter “Bubble Chart User Guide” and “Scatter Chart User Guide” in the Web Component Reference.

All data and metrics, which are presented and calculated by Foglight Cost Director, are from the Foglight for VMware cartridge. Quest also recommends that you read through the Foglight for VMware User and Reference Guide & Foglight for VMware Installation Guide to get a comprehensive understanding about the Foglight for VMware.

Using Foglight Cost Director

The On-Premises dashboard displays the statistic total cost of organizations, business units, and virtual machines in the last 7/30/90 days. Metrics and charts in this tab will be updated every day or you could click the Recalculate button to manually update all charts. To access this dashboard, under Homes, click Cost Director.

This dashboard consists of the following two tabs:

View by: Calculate the resource costs based on Allocated costs or Consumed costs. Allocated is selected by default.
Time Range: Provides three time period of metrics calculation. Last 30 Days is selected by default.
The On-Premises charts, which appears on the On-Premises dashboard by default after you click Cost Director > On-Premises.
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