Cloud Account Overview

Adding a Cloud Account

Before Workload Manager can deploy jobs to a cloud region, and before Cost Optimizer can query billing information from a cloud region, you must add at least one cloud account for the cloud through the Workload Manager or Cost Optimizer web UI.

From the Clouds page, find the cloud you want to add an account to and click the Add Cloud Account link as shown in the figure below.

Conversely, you can click the Configure Cloud link for the cloud, which brings you to the Regions tab or Details tab for the cloud, then select the Accounts tab, and then click the Add Cloud Account link in the upper right or the Add Cloud Account button at the bottom as shown in the figure below.

Clicking the Add Cloud Account link (or button) causes the Add Cloud Account dialog box to display. An AWS Add Cloud Account dialog box is shown below as an example.

For all cloud providers, you must enter a name for the account and some type of account credentials or access token. For all public cloud providers, by scrolling down the dialog box, you can also specify the location where your public cloud provider stores your billing data as shown in the figure below.

After providing the required authentication information and the optional billing data location, click the Connect button at the bottom. CloudCenter Suite will attempt to verify the credentials with the cloud provider.

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.

See the following sections for start to finish instructions on adding a cloud account for the various cloud families:

Accounts Tab

After you add cloud accounts, they will appear in the Accounts tab for that 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 this cloud account.

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