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Chargeback and billing with Cloud Cruiser Express

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For enterprises, creating a chargeback model for your Microsoft Windows Azure Pack cloud is a crucial step toward gaining control over your infrastructure. Chargeback allows your customers to understand the real costs associated with running their workloads in the cloud. They can see how extensively they are utilizing available resources or see whether or not their workloads are running on the appropriate resources or at the appropriate time of day. Ultimately, by applying a sophisticated chargeback model, you can help shape user demand and ensure that your infrastructure is being used to its full potential.

For service providers, cumbersome manual billing processes for a multi-tenant system are limiting your ability to move quickly in a changing market. And the inability to justify usage data to customers is routinely costing you money in billing disputes. You need an automated solution that can collect usage across various cloud platforms, supports the many pricing models that help you sell, and combines visibility into usage costs with an audit trail to earn your customers’ trust.

Cloud Cruiser Express consists of a suite of tools designed to facilitate chargeback and billing in a Windows Azure Pack environment.

  • Collectors gather usage data from individual entities in your cloud, regardless of their type.
  • Powerful scripts aggregate the collected data and load it into a centralized database.
  • Business Intelligence and Analytic functions apply your cost model to the collected data.
  • The Cloud Cruiser Express Portal allows you and your users to view their usage data, generate reports, set rates, and more.
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