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Billing for storage in automated tiering environment. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243868D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-23
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Disclosed is a way to provide billing for storage when the storage is automatically being moved across various tiers based on needed performance. The idea is to bill for storage based on performance using IOPS rather than what type of disk it resides on.

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Billing for storage in automated tiering environment.

A billing solution is needed when storage is being moved automatically. Typically customers have multiple tiers of storage where the higher tiers have a higher cost but also provide the highest performance. In many cases a lower tier of storage can meet the requirements for a given application and result in cost savings to the customer.

    Typically billing is based on the amount of storage placed in a given tier of storage, however this is no longer a simple task when the storage LUNs are automatically being moved to various tiers based on performance requirements.

    The idea is to bill for storage based on performance rather than what type of disk the storage resides on. This would involve billing based on IOPS as the key measurement, coupled with the tier that IOPS is against. With the current method, customers are unwilling to use some storage features since they can complicate billing.

    Take IOPS for each LUN for each day along with the tier on which that LUN resides. Use every day that there is valid data and average to a monthly value per LUN.

    Allow automated storage tiering tools to perform their activities without having to track these activities. This would apply to compression and thin provisioning as


which tier it resides on a daily basis throughout the month.

3. Allow tools that automatically move the data to perform their functions

without having to track this movement.

    4. At the end of the month, tak...