A cloud account identifies a cloud account type and an account-specific deployment region or data center where the associated cloud account resources are hosted.

As a Cloud Assembly cloud account administrator, you create cloud accounts for the projects in which team members work.

The cloud accounts in your project are based on vendor type and data center or vCenter residency. As you define profiles and mappings, you specify data in relation to a specific cloud account/region in your project. A blueprint administrator working in your project can then choose a defined cloud account/region as they define blueprint characteristics and further determine where and how to deploy their blueprint.

The following cloud account types are supplied with Cloud Assembly:

  • Amazon Web Services

  • Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Enterprise

  • vCenter

  • NSX-T

  • NSX for vSphere

  • VMware Cloud on AWS

When you create a cloud account and associate it with a data center region or a source vCenter, existing resources such as network, compute, and storage information, including tags, are data-collected from the source endpoint. Data collection occurs when you finish defining the cloud account.

NSX-T and NSX for vSphere cloud accounts must be associated with an existing vCenter cloud account.

vCenter-based cloud accounts require that a data collector be deployed to their source vCenter.

For VMware Cloud on AWS , the data collector is deployed to a vCenter in a target SDDC.

For information about required credentials for creating cloud accounts, see Credentials for Cloud Assembly Cloud Accounts.

As a cloud account administrator, you can create additional integrations such as vRealize Orchestrator and Puppet by using the Manage > Integrations form.