Tracking usage and billing in the Cloud
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As businesses adopt cloud environments to control IT complexity, pool resources, and improve cost efficiencies, the TUAM development team have been engaged in evolving the usage and accounting capability in IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) beyond traditional Enterprise charge-back.
In such a shared cloud environment the ability to accurately assess which IT resources and services are being utilized, how much they are being utilized, and by whom is fundamental if service providers are to justify the cost of the IT resource and expense.
The latest release of IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager, Version 7.3, provides Cloud Cost Management for those businesses needing to understand the new and dynamic usage of shared IT resources in Cloud and Virtualized environments, and seeking to bill or charge business units for their share of resource use including compute, storage, networks, energy, and personnel.
Read more about the new TUAM Cloud Cost Management Extension v1.0 for Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) in our blog update.
IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager allows businesses to:
Additionally the development team are working to supplement these core capabilities with new price tiering and invoice preview features for Cloud administrators and consumers. These features will be provided to TUAM users via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library from October 2011.