This new feature will make usage data available through the Abiquo API and is aimed at reseller environments. It offers a new way to provide flat VM hour pricing to tenants while enabling volume discounts for resellers in the hierarchy.
The new “cost usage” API endpoint provides VM usage in hours for the platform, per tenant, and for a tenant hierarchy. The data for the tenant hierarchy is aggregated using the reseller and key node tags. You can obtain the JSON usage data from the different reports endpoints under cost usage. This feature requires the “Manage bills” privilege.
In order to obtain the usage in VM hours, this feature retrieves and stores some data from the Abiquo Accounting module on a daily basis. This data in hours is categorized by resources. You can also filter, access, and manage this data from the action endpoints under cost usage.
In this initial release the cost usage feature does not use granular resource pricing, and while it can be aligned with the pricing model, it is not integrated to it directly. In future releases, Abiquo will continue to develop these features to enable customers to easily retrieve and manage cloud usage and accounting data. For a version of this output customized for your needs, please contact us.