Add an IBM Cloud Cloud Account

Configuration Process

To add an IBM Cloud cloud account, follow this procedure.

  1. Locate your IBM Cloud 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


    The name should not contain any space, dash, or special characters.

  3. Provide the IBM Cloud cloud credentials:

    1. IBM Cloud Account Name

    2. IBM Cloud Account API Key

  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

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



      Workload Manager can deploy jobs using this account.


      Cost Optimizer and Workload Manager will track cloud costs for this account. Typical usage: master cloud accounts that are used for billing aggregation.

      It is recommended that you do not add a Reporting account to the same tenant through different cloud groups.

      Enabling a public cloud account for Reporting may incur expenses to retrieve cost data. These expenses are proportional to the number of configured cloud accounts and regions.

      Provisioning, Reporting

      Default. Account is used for both provisioning and reporting.

    2. Click the Save button when done. 

Cloud Accounts Tab

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

The Accounts tab contains columns for data entered when creating an account: Account Name, Description, Enabled For; and two additional columns: Billing Units and Actions. Billing Units is a 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 a billing unit varies by a cloud provider as shown in the table below.

Cloud ProviderBilling Unit
AWSAccount ID
AzureRMSubscription ID
GoogleProject ID
IBM CloudAccount ID
vCenterCloud Group Prefix - Datacenter Name
vCDOrganization 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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