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The pricing tab enables the Cloud Admin to assign costs to resources. The Cloud Admin creates Pricing Models and assigns them to Enterprises.
Screenshot of resource pricing for datacenter or public cloud region
The Pricing Model allows costs to be associated with compute, networking and storage resources. Charging periods and standing charges can also be defined. And costs can also be associated with specific virtual machine templates through a unique Cost Code that is tracked by the Abiquo Accounting service.
Screenshot of Cost Code pricing. Administrators create cost codes in the Pricing view and assign them the virtual machine templates in the Apps library view.
Hosting providers may need to track the licenses used by Virtual Machines (e.g. Microsoft Windows licensing), or may wish to offer Cloud services based on a per VM pricing model.
The pricing model also allows a charge-forward price to be shown to the cloud user to provide an indication of the potential cost when they deploy a new environment for the first time. The user can also request a pricing estimate for a group of virtual resources at any time, through the UI or the API.
Screenshot of pricing model creation with charge-forward price message in the box on the lower right-hand side.
Beyond the pricing model in the UI, Abiquo collects granular accounting data for all resources on the platform. See Abiquo Accounting Services Integration The accounting data can easily be exported from Abiquo through the billing integrations. The billing integrations also gather the pricing information that corresponds to the resource usage information in the accounting system. See Abiquo Billing Integration.
The platform can import price lists from public cloud providers including Amazon and Azure. And it can display public cloud billing information on the Hybrid tab of the Home view dashboard.