Storage Types Settings

A storage type is a categorization of storage that can be provisioned for an application during deployment. It is a construct that applies to VM-based clouds only. Storage types are displayed in the Storage Types section of the Regions or Details tab.

The storage type construct contains the following fields for all VM-based clouds:

  • Display Name

  • Cost Per Month per GB

  • Cloud Storage Type ID

  • Minimum Volume Size (GB)

  • Maximum Volume Size (GB)

  • Maximum Throughput (MB/s)

  • Maximum IOPS

  • Provisioned IOPS

  • IOPS Cost Per Month

Storage types are handled by CloudCenter Suite for various cloud providers in a fashion similar to instance types as shown in the table below.

FunctionAWSAzureRMGooglevCenterOpenStack

Auto-populate and Auto-sync

x

x

x



Add




x

x

Edit


x

x

x

x

For public clouds, CloudCenter Suite auto-populates the list of storage types in the Storage Types section based on information from the cloud provider. This data is stored in the package store and the package store auto-syncs this information from the cloud provider once per 24 hours.

For private VM-based clouds, such as vCenter and OpenStack, CloudCenter Suite auto-creates a single default storage type with zero cost. You may manually add additional storage types by clicking the Add Storage Type link in the upper right of the Storage Types settings section as shown in the figure below.

This brings up an Add Storage Type dialog box as shown in the figure below.

You must enter all required fields, however, the Maximum ThroughputMaximum IOPSProvisioned IOPS, and IOPS Cost Per Month are not recognized by these cloud providers and will be ignored.

You must specify the Cost to compute the service costs in Cost Optimizer. The total cost is displayed in the Cost Optimizer Dashboard

Storage types for all cloud providers except AWS can be edited. From the list of storage types in the Storage Type section (see figure below), click the Edit link (in the Actions column) for that storage type.

This brings up an Edit Storage Type dialog box (similar to the Add Storage Type dialog box) where you can edit all nine fields except the Cloud Storage Type ID field. For AzureRM and Google clouds, only changes to the pricing fields change the behavior of CloudCenter Suite: the cloud cost calculations are modified based on the new unit cost data. All other field changes are ignored. 

For all cloud providers, Minimum Volume Size and Maximum Volume Size restrict the volume size you can specify at deploy time. For public cloud providers that support provisioned IOPS, the user can specify the guaranteed IOPS at deploy time.

Historical Price Management

Sometimes, you want to update the historical cost to correct or update cost computation. In such cases, the cost of the affected resources is computed from the date and time the price is updated. You can update the prices of the older storage types for the preceding three months only.

To update the price, follow these steps:

  1. Click Edit Instance Type. The Edit Instance Types page appears.

  2. In the Price/Hour column, click the Pricing History icon. The Edit Price History dialog appears.

  3. Specify a date and time in the appropriate fields and enter the desired price in the Price/Hour field, enter the desired price.

  4. Click OK, followed by Done (in the Edit Instance Types page) to save the changes.

After the price has been updated, the cost is recomputed for all resources (VMs and deployments, as applicable) affected by the price change. This could take a few minutes. When the recomputation is successful, you receive a notification that can be viewed in the Notification icon (see Cost Optimizer Dashboard) in the header. Simultaneously, the updated accrued cost of a VM is displayed on the Storage Volumes page and the updated deployment cost is displayed on the Deployment Details page.

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