What’s new in VCPP Pricing, Metering, and Reporting: November 2021 Replace


First, I needed to thank everybody that joined us stay for the webinar this quarter. We had a terrific turnout globally and a LOT of engagement from our attendees. When you missed the webinar, we’ve despatched an electronic mail to all commerce portal customers with a hyperlink to the recording. When you’d wish to be included on the invite subsequent time, be sure that somebody out of your firm (cloud supplier or aggregator) has added you to the Commerce Portal person record.

As is customary, we need to spotlight a few of the prime updates in Pricing, Metering, and Reporting for Cloud Suppliers. So let’s bounce proper in.

Fast Overview:

  • No extra Bundles!
    • Commerce Portal nonetheless exhibits them however that’s solely due to the worth safety that’s legitimate till Could 2022​
  • Utilization Meter 3.6.1, 4.1, and 4.2 are all Finish-of-Basic-Assist​
    • No EoTG date, so they are going to be fully executed. It is vital that you just transfer to the newest model to make sure no lapse in reporting
  • Utilization Perception is migrating to Cloud Associate Navigator​ for a a lot better operational expertise!
  • Sovereign Cloud program was introduced at VMworld​
    • That is initially out there for choose certified companions​. Get in contact along with your gross sales contact to know extra
  • Worth Safety is ending in Could 2022​
    • This can have an effect on companions presently reporting:​
      • Commonplace w/ Administration (8pts)​
      • Superior w/ Networking & Administration (12pts)​

Program Updates

Over 99% of companions at the moment are on the Flex Pricing Mannequin! We’ve mechanically migrated the remaining companions who had no value enhance, whereas working hand-in-hand with companions who do, to guarantee that everyones issues had been mitigated. We nonetheless have some companions with customizations which are left however for essentially the most half the migration is completed for over 4400 companions!

Over 77% of companions are utilizing Utilization Perception and 70.9% are utilizing Utilization Meter 4.X! Thats a HUGE distinction from our final webinar. I do need to take this second and a number of other others on this submit to remind everybody that Utilization Meter 4.4 or greater is now required for use in this system. Companions ought to migrate off of Utilization Meter variations 3.6.1, 4.1 and 4.2 instantly. And since UM 4.X requires Utilization Perception, associate are required to now join Automated Reporting on Commerce Portal and register their new Utilization Meter 4.4 or greater home equipment.

Pricing and Product Utilization Information Updates

The folowing is a listing of the modifications talked about within the “What’s New” part of the PUG with slightly rationalization of the modifications.

  • VCPP Reporting Necessities Updates
    • Since UM 3.6.1 is formally now not supported in any capability, the PUG was up to date to mirror that UM 4.4 and better are required by companions for month-to-month reporting. This additionally signifies that since UM 4.X requires Utilization Perception, then automated reporting and Utilization Perception are required.
  • Utilization Perception
    • VUI is cut up throughout the CSP and CPN platforms, however transitioning to CPN for all companions. There’s additionally a brand new self-service invite course of constructed into Commerce Portal!
  • VMware Cloud Director Availability
    • Eliminated content material associated to VCDA 2.0
  • NSX Adv Load Balancer
    • Reverting again to One-Off Ordering for entitlements. This has no impact on allowance for utilizing NSX Adv Load Balancer Primary version with Flex Core. No pricing changes, simply the way you get licenses.
  • VSAN Enterprise
    • Changing previous “with Enterprise add-on” variations. The add-on SKU’s will likely be out there till Feb 2022 and require guide adjustment of items to maneuver from VSAN Enterprise to older SKU’s
  • VMware Cloud Director for VCF
    • Updates to content material and descriptions, no value changes
  • Tanzu Primary is now included in Flex Core
    • No Time period contract wanted for Tanzu Primary, and companions will likely be offered licenses straight into their my.vmware accounts! So when you’ve been thinking about supporting Trendy Apps, that is how one can get began!
  • Appedix A – NSX DC Options Comparability
    • Updates to the options comparability content material.

Utilization Meter and Metering Updates in Basic

When you haven’t heard already, Utilization Meter 3.6.1, 4.1 and 4.2 are now not supported in any capability. Companions should improve to Utilization Meter 4.4 instantly.

If you’re utilizing Utilization Meter 3.6.1, I like to recommend deploying a brand new Utilization Meter 4.4 equipment instantly and set it to check mode whenever you register it in Commerce Portal. Utilization Perception has stopped mechanically reporting UM 3.6.1 stories to Commerce Portal after the October MBO.

If you’re utilizing Utilization Meter 4.1 or 4.2, carry out an in-place improve instantly. Don’t wait. Utilization Meter 4.1 and 4.2 will cease being processed into stories beginning after the November MBO (December fifth).

Do. Not. Wait. To. Improve.

Utilization Perception on Cloud Companies Portal (CSP) is being migrated to Cloud Associate Navigator (CPN). Many companions have been mechanically migrated however there are nonetheless extra to go. Companions that weren’t migrated was due to non-valid tackle or providers in use that CPN doesn’t assist but (Skyline). Skyline work is underway and we’re near migrating these companions.

Utilization Meter 4.5 is coming!!!

In Utilization Meter 4.5, we will likely be introducing the next options, and releasing this model in early to mid-December:

  • Collector Modifications
    • New NSX Options Metered
    • New VSAN Options Metered
    • vRealize Operations Supervisor Enhancements
      • Take away Auto-Discovery to permit for utilizing Digital IP’s from Extremely Accessible deployments
      • Assist License Teams to meter vROps objects primarily based on version utilized within the vROps stock
    • Horizon!!!
      • We at the moment are in a position to meter Horizon 7.9 and later beginning with Utilization Meter 4.5
      • Please Be aware: Doesn’t assist combined environments and it doesn’t but assist NSX and VSAN for Desktop
  • Equipment Modifications
    • Digital Equipment Administration Interface (Backend GUI)
      • Handle Community Config
      • Handle Photon OS Firewall Guidelines
      • View Useful resource Utilization
      • + Extra
    • Hashing Management
      • Potential to opt-out of hashing all or particular fields for information anonymization, this may also help make the digital machine historical past report extra readable when you’d like.
      • Potential to opt-in to redacted mode to make the stories even MORE unreadable.

Reporting Updates

For companions utilizing NSX DC SP Superior, the Commerce Portal would usually take that utilization, no matter vRealize Operations Supervisor version used and transfer the utilization into the 12pt bundle SKU for Worth Safety as a result of that is how we’ve got traditionally charged that product. Nicely, due to the Flex Pricing Mannequin, we’re adjusting the discounting strategies for Worth Safety to verify all companions are accurately reporting primarily based on Flex. If you wish to know extra, I might recommend trying out the recording that was emailed.

Commerce Portal additionally provides a brand new methodology for getting a Cloud Associate Navigator (CPN) invitation. Check out the documentation right here.

Further Assets

Throughout the name we mentioned various different paperwork. Here’s a hyperlink to these mentioned!

Suggestions for Companions:

  • Migrate to NSX-T immediately!
    • Transition earlier than VMware NSX for vSphere goes into the top of normal assist in January 2022.
    • There are many sources out there that will help you with the migration. Be taught extra right here and get in contact along with your gross sales contact
  • If you’re working UM 3.6.X
    • UM 3.6 to UM 4.X requires a brand new equipment deployment​
    • Deploy a brand new UM 4.4 equipment or 4.5 when you wait till December​
    • Set as a check for the month deployed, then change to manufacturing after reporting that months MBO​
  • If you’re working UM 4.1 or 4.2
    • Carry out an in-place improve to UM 4.4 Instantly, don’t await UM 4.5​
    • UM 4.X to UM 4.X doesn’t require a full equipment deployment any longer​
  • If you’re on VUI on CSP
    • We’ll auto migrate you to CPN quickly​
  • If you’re not utilizing VUI but
    • Request your CPN invite instantly. Don’t wait.

That’s all for the November 2021 replace! We’ll schedule the following one within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months! If you wish to be part of us stay or get notified concerning the recording, just be sure you have entry to the Commerce Portal at vcp.vmware.com! We ship invites to all Commerce Portal customers.

See you subsequent time!
– The VCPP Utilization & Commerce Group