Specify VMware Engine requirements

This page describes how to specify your requirements for evaluating the cost of running your VMware platform as a fully managed service in Google Cloud.

To learn more about Google Cloud VMware Engine, see VMware Engine.

Before you begin

Complete the steps to start a cost estimate.

Specify your VMware Engine workloads requirements

To estimate the cost of hosting your VMware environment in VMware Engine, follow these steps:

  1. On the Estimate cost page, click Start in the Google Cloud VMware Engine card.
  2. Choose a pricing track. By default, the 3-year committed use discount with monthly payment is selected.
  3. In the Workloads section, click Add a workload.
  4. Enter the name of your workload and select the Workload type.
  5. In the Location section, select the region where you want to host your environment. The available VMware nodes depend on the region that you select.
  6. In the Basic workload requirements section, enter the following details:
    1. Optional: The number of VMs in your environment
    2. The number of vCPUs
    3. The total memory
    4. The total storage
  7. Optional: In the Advanced Google Cloud VMware Engine sizing section, specify the sizing of your environment. For more information, see Specify optional sizing details.
  8. To confirm the configuration of your workload, click Done.
  9. If you have multiple workloads, click Add a workload and repeat the previous steps.
  10. In the Node configuration section, review the recommended configuration. To change the vSAN policy of the node, click Change.
  11. To review the estimate for VMware Engine workloads, click Submit. The VMware Engine cost estimate is displayed on the results page.

Specify optional sizing details

This section describes how to specify the optional details in the Google Cloud VMware Engine sizing section.

  1. In the CPU Overcommit field, enter the overcommit factor for the CPU. Use the following values according to your workload type:

    1. 1-3 for low overcommit
    2. 4-6 for moderate
    3. 7-12 for high

    The default value is 6.

  2. In the RAM Overcommit field, enter the overcommit factor for the RAM. The default value is 1.

  3. In the vSAN settings section, specify the following details:

    1. Optimization: select one of the available optimization types:

      1. None
      2. Compression
      3. Deduplication and compression

      The default value is Compression.

    2. Optimization factor: select the ratio between the allocated storage and the actual amount written to the vSAN. The default value is 1.7.

    3. SAL threshold: specify the reserved vSAN storage capacity, in %, to perform updates, upgrades and other operational tasks. The default value is 20%.

    4. To support VMs with VMDKs larger than 8 TB, select Use large VMDKs.

    5. To enable vSAN Operations Reserve, select Use OR buffer.

  4. In the Advanced Google Cloud VMware Engine settings section, specify the following details:

    1. System CPU: specify the maximum amount of system CPU consumption, in %. The default value is 15%.
    2. System RAM: specify the default system RAM reservation, in %. The default value is 5%.
    3. HT Weight: specify the amount of hyperthreading boost effect, in %. The default value is 25%.
    4. To host management appliances in the cluster, such as vCSA, NSX-T Manager, NSX-T Edge Node, select Management Cluster.
    5. If you want to reserve capacity for HCX Mesh components, select HCX Mesh Deployed.
    6. NSX-T Edge Size: select one of the available sizes for NSX-T Edge:
      1. Large
      2. Extra Large

To reset the default values of the sizing configuration, click Reset to defaults.

Review and export estimation results

The steps to review and export estimate results are common for all calculators.

In addition, the overall estimate for VMware Engine is displayed in a separate result card as well. This cost estimate is based on the default assumption and the inputs you've provided. By default, the calculator recommends the node configuration with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). To edit the node configuration, including the vSAN policy, in the total estimate page, click Edit.

To view the details of this cost estimate and the breakdown of the costs for each workload, click View details.

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