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During countless discussions revolving around VMware Aria Operations (formerly vRealize Operations), a recurring question always arises: Where do the costs presented in capacity plans come from?

Aria Operations' capacity planning functionality excels in forecasting capacity needs while providing insightful cost estimations for the future. However, it's important to note that these estimations are just that, estimations. Out of the box, the tool displays public list prices of cloud providers, which may not accurately reflect your specific agreements or entitled discounts.

In what-if scenarios for traditional workload planning, the capacity plan showcases the estimated costs associated with different scenarios including cloud providers. This enables you to make informed decisions regarding resource allocation and budgeting.

Similarly, for migration to public cloud scenarios, Aria Operations provides cost estimations that assist in evaluating the financial implications of such a transition.

Now, here's the exciting part: you can customize the cost estimation to reflect your actual agreements. By accessing each Cloud Provider configuration, you can update the rate card with your own costs. 

The process is simple; download the rate-card template, update it with your values, and upload it back into the system. For detailed instructions, refer to the documentation provided;


But this post is not about how to update rate-cards.
I discovered a temporary hiccup in Aria Operations 8.12: the function to download the rate-card template was not working as intended. Whether attempted from the Cloud Providers page or the Cloud Providers details page, the link failed to respond.

To my pleasant surprise, VMware addressed the issue quickly releasing a Hotfix, which, among others fixes this rate card issue. 

I promptly navigated to Aria Lifecycle Manager, downloaded the binary...

... and applied HF1. Now the download function has been restored to full functionality.

Have You Noticed this behavior?

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