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Introduction to pricing

With Abiquo pricing, you can create pricing models to match service level agreements and assign them to your tenants and resellers. Customers can obtain estimates for their virtual appliances from the pricing system. Abiquo Accounting meters tenant resource usage and Abiquo billing enables you to charge customers for this usage based on pricing.

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Privilege: Access Pricing view, Manage pricing

For each datacenter, you can set separate prices, and use different currencies, and you can set cost codes for VM image templates. Create your pricing models in Pricing view, after you create and assign any supporting currencies and cost codes. Abiquo controls pricing with scopes as well as privileges to enable reseller pricing.

Click the Image Removed icon to access Pricing view. The workflow to create a new pricing model is as follows:

  1. Enter currencies
  2. Create cost codes
  3. Create the pricing model
  4. Assign the model to an enterprise

 

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Pricing is available in the Abiquo API. See CurrenciesResource, CostCodesResource, PricingTemplatesResource, EnterprisesResource

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Abiquo 4.0.2 introduces pricing for hardware profiles in private and public cloud. See #Hardware profiles

 

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Pricing currencies

The platform supports multiple currencies.

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To manage currencies, go to Pricing → Currencies 

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Add a new currency 

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Price resources with cost codes

The platform uses cost codes to label a set of resources such as VM templates for pricing.  When users in enterprises with a pricing model assigned deploy a VM using a template with a cost code, the pricing in the estimate will include the cost of the image.

To implement image pricing:

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Manage Currencies

Create a new currency

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Manage Cost codes
Manage Cost codes

Create a new cost code

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Pricing models for enterprise pricing

You can create pricing models by entering prices for the VM elements. You can clone an existing pricing model to create a new one.  The platform controls access to pricing models with scopes as well as privileges:

  • When you create a pricing model, Abiquo automatically assigns the same scope as your user role
    • The Abiquo UI does not display the scope of the pricing model
  • Users with pricing privileges can always display the pricing model of their own enterprise
    • Administrators who can switch to another enterprise can display the current pricing model of the enterprise, even if the pricing model has a greater scope
  • To display or manage the pricing model of another enterprise in Pricing view, you must have the same scope as the creator of the pricing model
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To manage pricing models, go to Pricing → Pricing models. 

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Create a new pricing model

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Create a new pricing model

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Display a pricing estimate message

To display pricing estimates, assign a pricing model to the enterprise. The platform will display the estimates as follows:

 At any time users can click the Estimate button in the virtual appliance view to display a current pricing estimate for a VM. If the user does not have pricing privileges, the platform will display the default '$' dollar symbol or the symbol configured in branding. Or if the user has privileges to retrieve the tenant's pricing model, the platform will display the currency code.

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Configure the pricing message

The default message is: "The charge for this Virtual Appliance will be %CHARGE_FORMATTED% per %CHARGEPERIOD%, charged per %MINPERIOD%, subject to a minimum charge of %MINCHARGE_FORMATTED%. VMs in this Virtual Appliance will be: %VM_PRICES%. Resources defined in the Virtual Datacenter total %VDC_TOTAL_CHARGE% per %CHARGEPERIOD%: %VDC_PRICES%"

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The virtual appliance and VM pricing estimates only include the costs that are directly related to VMs. The virtual datacenters resources estimate includes other costs such as the VLAN cost, and the cost of datastore disks without a datastore tier, such as a cloud-init ISO. The VDC resources cost also includes public IP addresses because they are billed for the time of reservation, which may be longer than the time they are attached to a VM.

To customize the pricing estimate message, edit the message, change the text and use the standard cut and paste keys to change the location of the variables. You can also select variables to add to this message from the pull-down list. Align the message with your accounting system.

GUI Pricing estimate message variables
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Assign pricing models to enterprises

To assign a pricing model to an enterprise

  1. Go to Pricing → Enterprise Associations. This tab displays a list of pricing models and two panes of enterprises. The default display is all pricing models and all enterprises.
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Click on a pricing model to display the enterprises with this pricing model assigned in the left pane and the enterprises without it in the right pane.

  • To assign a new pricing model to an enterprise: Select a pricing model from the pull-down list next to an enterprise name to assign the current pricing model to this enterprise.
  • To remove a pricing model from an enterprise: Select a new pricing model from the pull-down list next to an enterprise to replace this pricing model OR select "None" to remove this pricing model from an enterprise without replacing it. The enterprise will now move from the left enterprise pane to the right enterprise pane for this pricing model.

You can also assign or remove a pricing model from an enterprise when you create or edit the enterprise. See Manage Enterprises

Create reseller pricing

Abiquo supports reseller pricing with pricing scope and default base prices per datacenter.

To implement reseller pricing:

  1. Create a scope for each reseller that is not the unlimited global scope
  2. Create pricing models with the base prices that resellers will pay for virtual resources
  3. Assign a pricing model to each reseller

When the reseller first opens the Pricing view, their pricing model will display. The administrator can edit this pricing model to view prices but they cannot save changes, unless they have the same scope as the user that assigned the pricing model to the enterprise.

The reseller can then create their own pricing models:

They can enter a percentage to increase or decrease the base prices.

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After an administrator saves the pricing model they can then assign it to their customers. Each customer administrator should only be able to display the pricing model for their own tenant.
For a guide to pricing for resellers, see Pricing for Resellers

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