Add an AWS Cloud Account


Before adding an AWS cloud account, do the following:

  • Ensure the account has the minimum permissions. See Cloud Overview > Minimum Permissions for Public Clouds for additional details.

Configuration Process

To add an AWS cloud account, follow this procedure.

  1. Locate your AWS cloud on the Clouds page and click the Add Cloud Account link for this cloud. This displays the Add Cloud Account dialog box as shown below.

  2. Assign a cloud account Name. Provide the AWS cloud credentials:

    1. AWS Email Address: The email address associated with your AWS cloud account.

    2. Enter the AWS Account Number: The account number from your AWS account.

    3. AWS Access Key and Secret Key: The security credentials to access this AWS account.

      The AWS Govcloud account is considered as an IAM Account on AWS master or member account. The cost for AWS Govcloud account is reported against the master or member account and the Govcloud is displayed as a region. Therefore, when a cloud is added for AWS Govcloud with a Govcloud user account, no invoice report data is populated.

  3. Scroll the dialog box down and specify the location of your AWS account's billing reports: S3 bucket region, S3 bucket name, and Report Path Prefix, as shown in the figure below. For information on setting up billing information, see

    In the cloud console, create a bucket, if not already, and navigate to Reports to view billing information.

  4. Click the Connect button. CloudCenter Suite will now attempt to validate your account credentials.

  5. After the credentials are verified, the Connect button changes to an Edit button and two new fields appear Enable Account For and Enable Reporting By Org Structure, as shown in the figure below.

    1. Set the Enable Account For dropdown per the table below.

      ProvisioningWorkload Manager can deploy jobs using this account.
      ReportingCost Optimizer and Workload Manager will track cloud costs for this account. Typical usage: master cloud accounts which are used for billing aggregation.
      Provisioning, ReportingDefault. Account is used for both provisioning and reporting.
    2. For AWS and Google clouds only: Set the Enable Reporting By Org Structure toggle to On to cause Cost Optimizer to import the cost hierarchy created in the cloud provider portal. This saves the time of manually creating a comparable cost hierarchy within Cost Optimizer. See Cost Groups Configuration for more information on cost hierarchies in Cost Optimizer.

  6. Click the Save button when done. 

After you add cloud accounts, they will appear in the Cloud Accounts list in the Accounts tab for the cloud as shown in the figure below.

The cloud account list contains columns for data you entered into the Add Cloud Account dialog box: Account Name, Description, Enabled For; and two additional columns: Billing Units and Actions. The third column, Billing Units, is dual function. If the cloud account contains only one billing unit, the ID for that billing unit is displayed. If the cloud account contains multiple billing units, such as an AWS master account, the number of billing units in that account is displayed followed by the text "Billing Units". 

A billing unit is the most granular level of cloud cost recording in CloudCenter Suite. The definition of billing unit varies by cloud provider as shown in the table below.

Cloud ProviderBilling Unit
AWSAccount ID
AzureRMSubscription ID
GoogleProject ID
vCenterCloud Group Prefix - Datacenter Name
OpenStackProject ID
KubernetesNamespace UID

The last column, Actions, contains links to let you edit or deleted the cloud account, or manage instance types for the cloud account.

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