IBM releases a tool for billing virtualization usage

Quoting from the IBM official announcement:

IBM today announced new software that assists customers in virtualizing their entire technology infrastructure by tracking the use of computing assets across different types of systems. The software also supplies companies and IT outsourcing providers with a simple method to bill internal departments or individual clients for the amount of computing they actually consume.

The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager is designed to simplify how IT outsourcing companies track virtualized data centers used in outsourcing engagements, and accurately bill each of their clients. The software allows for virtualization of shared servers, and it eliminates the need for outsourcing companies to provide separate servers to each customer to help meet service level agreements.

The software is also aimed at individual companies who manage their own virtualized IT by providing a simple way to bill internal departments that use shared computing resources. For example, a marketing department may have increased usage during a particular month because of a special promotion, and the IT department can accurately bill them for increased computing needs.

The IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager is currently available through IBM or IBM Business Partners for IBM x86 servers and the mainframe. The IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager will be available for System p server later this year. Pricing for the IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager for System X begins at $599 per server and $75,000 for mainframe customers in the United States…