User's Guide. 7. Pricing
Abiquo has a flexible pricing system that is designed to enable cloud providers to supply estimates for cloud services. You can create pricing models to match service level agreements and assign them to your enterprises. Pricing models can use different currencies and cost codes for virtual machine image templates.
In general, the pricing system is not connected to the accounting system, although the pricing cost code information is included in the accounting system.
The user will see a pricing estimate when they deploy a virtual machine if the administrator chooses to show charges before deployment. The administrator can customize the message and include pricing system variables. The default text is "The charge for this Virtual Appliance will be %CHARGE_FORMATTED% %CHARGEPERIOD%, subject to a minimum charge of %MINCHARGE_FORMATTED% %MINPERIOD%".
An estimate only includes the costs that are directly related to a virtual machine; it does not include the VLAN cost or the standing charge. Public IP addresses are billed from the time of reservation, but the estimate for a virtual machine will not include the time before deployment.
If you have the appropriate privileges, click theicon to access Pricing view. In sequential order, the four tabs in this view are:
The Pricing Model tab is displayed first, because it shows the information that will be most often consulted. However, the tabs are explained here in the order that you will need to work with them when you first create a pricing model.
The workflow to create a new pricing model is:
Use the Currencies tab to manage the currencies in the pricing system. The default currencies are euros, US dollars and Japanese yen. You may delete currencies but one currency must always remain in the system; this does not have to be a default currency.
Click the header line to sort the currencies by ascending or descending order of the currency code or currency name.
Add new currencies before you create a pricing model.
|Create a new Currency|
|Remove an existing Currency|
|Edit the selected Currency|
Open the currency tab and click thebutton to add a new currency.
On the Cost Codes tab, you can create cost codes to set pricing for virtual machine templates. The pricing estimate popup will include the image cost when users in enterprises with a pricing model assigned deploy a virtual machine using a template with a cost code.
Add cost codes before you create a pricing model.
Assign a cost code to a virtual machine template in the Appliance Library view.
|Create a new Cost Codes|
|Remove an existing Cost Codes|
|Edit the selected Cost Codes|
Open the Cost Code tab and click thebutton to add a new cost code.
Set the default image prices in all of your currencies. You can later change these prices in a specific pricing model on the Image Prices tab.
This tab allows you to create a Pricing Model by entering prices for the virtual machine elements. You can clone an existing pricing model to create a new one.
Before creating the pricing model:
Create a new pricing model
Remove an existing pricing model
Edit the selected pricing model
Make a clone copy of this pricing model. It will be called PricingModelName (copy)
Click thebutton to add a new pricing model.
Complete this tab first if you can. You must enter all the required fields on this tab before you save the pricing model.
When the checkbox to "Show charges before deployment" is ticked, the pricing estimate popup is shown when the user deploys a virtual appliance. You can customize the pricing estimate message.
The default Pricing Estimate message is:
The charge for this Virtual Appliance will be %CHARGE_FORMATTED% per %CHARGEPERIOD%, subject to a minimum charge of %MINCHARGE_FORMATTED% per %MINPERIOD%.
You can edit the message and use the standard cut and paste keys to change the location of the variables. You can select variables to add to this message from the pull-down list.
This tab displays all of the images as set in the main cost code tab, with their current price. The default for this field is the default price set in the main cost code tab. You can set a new price for a cost code in this tab only, but you cannot modify the other cost code details.
Storage tiers set service levels for storage, so different storage devices can be assigned to different tiers. You can edit the storage tier details in the Datacenter Storage tab in Infrastructure View. This tab displays the current price and you can enter a new price for each tier.
Change the prices for the tiers and click Save. You can change the price for more than one tier at a time.
In the Enterprise Associations tab you can associate a pricing model with each enterprise. This tab displays a list of pricing models and two panes of enterprises. The default display is all pricing models and all enterprises.
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:
To remove a pricing model from an enterprise: