VM Manager

VM Manager is a suite of tools that can be used to manage operating systems for large virtual machine (VM) fleets running Windows and Linux on Compute Engine.

VM Manager helps drive efficiency through automation and reduces the operational burden of maintaining these VM fleets.

VM Manager supports projects in VPC Service Controls service perimeters.

Overview

The following services are available as part of the VM Manager suite:

  • OS patch management: use this service to apply on-demand and scheduled patches. You can also use OS patch management for patch compliance reporting in your environment.
  • OS inventory management: use this service to collect and review operating system information.
  • OS configuration management: use this service to install, remove, and auto-update software packages.

Pricing

The entire VM Manager suite is charged as a single service at one flat rate per VM with an active OS Config agent.

Starting January 1, 2021, you will incur charges per the number of VMs that have an active OS Config agent as follows:

  • To get started with testing in your environment a free tier is available. This free tier provides a monthly usage of 100 VMs per organization.
  • Once the free tier is exhausted, for all VMs that have an active OS Config agent, each active agent is charged at a rate of $0.003 per hour per VM.

The following table summarizes the units and formulas that can be used to determine the total charges (effective January 1, 2021) .

Item Cost/unit (cost in USD)
Hourly cost (per VM with an active agent) $0.003
Monthly usage discount (per organization) Fixed number of free VMs = 100
Monthly usage formula = (number of hours in the month * number of free VMs)
For example, in a 31 days month = 744 * 100 = 74,400 active agent hours

Example calculations

The following examples are calculated in USD.

Example 1

If you are running 10 VMs in a 31 day month (744 hours) that have an active OS Config agent, using the formula from the preceding table, the calculations are as follows:

Free tier = 74,400 agent hours
Monthly usage = 744 * 10= 7,440 agent hours

Monthly usage is less than the free tier, so the adjusted monthly usage is 0 agent hours, and the total monthly cost is $0.

Example 2

If you are running 100 VMs in a 31 day month (744 hours) that have an active OS Config agent, using the formulas from the preceding table, the calculations are as follows:

 Free tier = 74,400 agent hours
 Monthly usage = 744 * 100 = 74,400 agent hours
 

Monthly usage is equal to the free tier so the adjusted monthly usage is 0 agent hours, and the total monthly cost is $0.

Example 3

If you are running 700 VMs in a 31 day month (744 hours) that have an active OS Config agent, using the formulas from the preceding table, the calculations are as follows:

Free tier = 74,400 agent hours
Monthly usage = 744 * 700 = 520,800 agent hours

Monthly usage is greater than the free tier so the adjusted monthly usage is (520,800 - 74,400) = 446,400 agent hours.

After the introductory period, the monthly cost is calculated as follows:

Monthly cost = $0.003 * number of active agents that exceed the free tier
             = $0.003 * 446,400 = $1339.20

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