A Metering and Billing tool for Server Resources in an OnDemand computing environment.
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21
In an OnDemand computing environment, Server resources are utilized and managed in ways different from current mechanisms. Server resources are used as-needed, and computing infrastructure is not directly owned or managed. Server resources can be physical or virtualized, and resource demand will determine deployment and availability of resources. Users of computing resources will pay for what they use, and this process creates the requirement for Server resources to be metered, charged and billed. An additional requirement is that the metrics used for metering and billing be simple. Existing metering and billing solutions are mostly developed by IT departments of companies for internal-use. Solutions offered by external vendors focus on applications and web services, and not on Server resources. In addition, these solutions are not integrated with existing systems management tools and applications. Server customers require metering and billing solution that targets Server resource utilization, and is integrated with systems management applications. The invention described in this disclosure aims to provide such a metering and billing solution for Server resources.