Unisys has announced a new Enterprise Virtualisation software suite that supports automated billing for computer time in a virtual environment.
The new software package includes a Real-Time Chargeback feature, which calculates the bill for different company departments when various applications are running simultaneously on the same physical server.
Alan Bender, vice president of real-time infrastructure solutions at Unisys, said: "If you have 50, 60, 70 and maybe even greater than 100 (virtual) machines going on one platform, being able to provide the resource consumption data so that you can charge back those departments that are consuming the resources becomes very important.”
Before virtualisation, an application used by the marketing department was installed on one server, another for finance was run on another server and a third for human resources was run on yet another, making billing relatively simple, said Forrester Research analyst Julie Giera.
But virtualisation, although it was intended to make more efficient use of IT resources, had complicated the billing process, she said. "It is a huge problem. I know of companies where there are three or four people whose sole job is working out what departments should be billed for what."
Software that calculates bills for virtual systems was available from other vendors, but this required separate software for mainframes, distributed networks and desktops, she added. "They don't fit together well.”
The Unisys Enterprise Virtualisation is optimised for the Unisys ES7000/one Enterprise Server and certified to run alongside VMware, the largest-selling brand of server virtualisation software.
Unisys has also launched its Enterprise Orchestration Solutions, which automatically allocates additional computer resources for particular applications as needed.