Cloud accounts

A cloud account is a collection of logical datacenters (LDCs) that come from one or more service accounts.

From cloud accounts, you can:
  • Set capacity limits on various cloud services, including virtual machines, virtual CPUs, virtual networks, storage volume size, and others. Setting these limits help control the unchecked provisioning of cloud resources. Limits are especially important for capacity constrained environments like private clouds.
  • Run discovery on LDCs to populate the CMDB.

Cloud account structure

A cloud account can contain as many service accounts as necessary. You can add the same service account as many times as necessary as long as each entry is associated with a different LDC. As an example, consider the following cloud account:
Service provider Service account LDC
AWS AWS account 1 us-west-1
AWS AWS account 1 us-east-1
AWS AWS account 2 us-west-1
Azure Azure subscription 1 EastUS
VMware vCenter VMware credentials 1 north-america

An advantage of cloud accounts is that you can group specified service accounts with only the regions that you want to allow cloud resources in. For example, your AWS account could have more than a dozen datacenters globally. However, you might use only one or two regions. To conform with your security and compliance rules, you might not want any resources provisioned to additional regions around the world.

Cloud account states

Cloud accounts stay in a Draft state until you are ready to make the datacenters and capacity limits visible to other parts of the application, such as blueprints and the Cloud User Portal. Change the state to Published after you run Discovery.

Logical datacenters

A logical datacenter is a region-specific virtual cloud that is associated with a service account. The datacenter hosts your cloud resources.