Cloud accounts are the configured permissions that vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly uses to collect data from the regions or data centers, and to deploy blueprints to those regions.

The collected data includes the regions that you later associate with cloud zones.

When you later configure cloud zones, mappings, and profiles, you select the cloud account to which they are associated.

As a cloud administrator, you create cloud accounts for the projects in which team members work. Resource information such as network and security, compute, storage, and tags content is data-collected from your cloud accounts.

Note: If the cloud account has associated machines that have already been deployed in the region, you can bring those machines into vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly management by using an onboarding plan. See What are onboarding plans in vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly.

If you remove a cloud account that is used in a deployment, resources that are part of that deployment become unmanaged.