Cloud accounts are the configured permissions that Cloud Assembly uses to collect data from the regions or data centers, and to deploy cloud templates 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 Cloud Assembly management by using an onboarding plan. See What are onboarding plans in Cloud Assembly.

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

Monitoring the cloud account health

To ensure that your cloud accounts are communicating with the target system, the status of the account appears on the card based on periodic health checks.

Screenshot of a cloud account card showing the warning status.

OK is good. Warning indicates that there might be a problem that needs your attention.

Screenshot of a cloud account page showing the status information at the top of the page.

In some cases, the details will help you resolve the issue. In other cases, you can run the Update option. It might also be the case that the connection is lost, in which case Update does not resolve the project. One possible scenario is that the credentials have expired. Re-establish a connection with updated credentials.