How usage is calculated
Usage refers to your consumption of SVM and storage Skytap resources. This article discusses how usage is calculated in your account.
Skytap uses several metrics to report usage:
|Concurrent SVMs||The highest number of SVMs (Skytap Virtual Machine) that have been running at one time.
SVMs are calculated based on the amount of RAM or CPUs dedicated to running VMs. 1 SVM equals either 1 GB of RAM or 1 CPU in a VM. For example a single, running VM with 2 CPUs and 2 GB RAM consumes 2 SVMs.
|SVM hours||1 SVM hour equals 1 SVM running for 1 hour.
SVM usage is charged by the minute.
For example if you run a VM from 10:00 AM to 10:02 AM, it would result in two minutes of usage. If you ran the same VM again from 10:05 AM to 10:15 AM, you’d be charged for an additional 10 minutes of usage.
|Storage||Total storage use includes:
Import and export files are not added to your storage totals.
|An aggregate of the amount of storage used on a hourly basis during a billing cycle.|
|Public IP addresses||
|Networks||Usage shown on the Settings page is based on the number of networks currently in use across your environments and templates. A network is “in use” if at least one VM is running on the network.|
|Max Concurrent VMs||The highest number of virtual machines that have been running at one time.|
For more information about how usage is calculated against user and department limits, see Setting usage limits.
Billing and usage reports
Your bill is based on your subscription level for the resources listed above. You may incur overage charges if your usage goes above the levels specified in your subscription.
You are billed for usage based on your monthly usage report. The billing cycle begins and ends with the calendar month, calculated using UTC.
Administrators can view the account usage report from the Usage page. For more information, see Generating usage reports.
Controlling SVM and storage usage
For best practices on controlling usage, see Managing SVM and storage usage.