1. Free Credits Overview
In order to create or clone a new workspace in Terra, process data with workflows or analyze data in notebooks, you must have access to at least one Terra Billing Project. The free credits program gives newcomers to the platform an opportunity to try it out at no cost. To receive free credits, complete the initial registration, log in, click "sign up for free credits", and accept the Terms and Conditions.
As soon as you do this, you will be able to see the free credits billing account in your billing section, with your role as "owner". The free credits program begins once you accept the Terms and Conditions, and will expire either after 60 days or after you have used $300 worth of credits, whichever happens first.
2. What can I do with my free credits in Terra?
Your free credits billing project will cover all costs accrued in Terra. Usage of the free credits is not restricted to specific pipelines. This includes egress, compute, and storage. Read this blog post for further detail around what costs money. Select the free credits billing project whenever prompted to clone or create a workspace. You will be notified via email when you have used 50%, 75%, and 90% of your credits to ensure you have time to create your own billing account to further use Terra or egress your data files prior to credit expiration.
3. How long will my free credits be available?
Free credits will begin once you click “Start Trial” in the banner in the Terra UI. You will have $300 of credits to use on any egress, compute, and storage costs accrued. Credits will be available for sixty days, or until you have used up all $300 available in your billing project, whichever comes first.
4. How do I track how much I’ve spent?
Go to the Google console summary page at https://console.cloud.google.com/home/ to view your billing invoice month-to-date for your free credits billing project.
You will also receive a notification via email from Onix once you have used 50%, 75% and 90% of your free credits.
5. What happens once the credits expire?
Once the credits expire, you will not be able to egress your data files from any of the workspace’s Google buckets that you created. You will be unable to create new workspaces or launch any new analyses using the free credits billing project unless you take action and create a new billing account.
Note: The workspaces you created will remain available, but the files you moved or generated through analysis in the Google buckets will be inaccessible. This is because the credits covered the cost of storage, compute, and egress in the Google Cloud Platform and now this coverage is ending.
Hint: If you use free credits to jump-start a project that you want to access later, you will need to upgrade to a billing account before your credits run out. If you don't upgrade the account before the free credits run out, you can reactivate your account by logging into Google Cloud Console (https://console.cloud.google.com), going to Billing, and selecting upgrade.
6. How do I create my own billing account?
There are a few options for creating your own billing account and continuing to use Terra after your free credits have expired:
- Create a billing account directly with Google by following these instructions
- Individuals located in North America can also leverage Onix as the Google Cloud Platform re-seller. Onix is already distributing the free credits to your Terra account, so the set-up to a new billing account is easy. Contact Onix at Broad@onixnet.com or (216) 584-6649.
7. How do I assign my new billing account to my existing workspaces?
After the Google Billing account exists, you can switch payment of your existing Terra workspaces to this account. Note: The Terra billing project name will stay the same.
- Go to the Google Cloud Console and click “Select a project” at the top of the screen. Choose the billing project that starts with “fccredits-xxx-xxx-xxxx.”
- Click the hamburger menu on the top left (three horizontal lines) and scroll down to choose "Billing". Click “Go to linked billing account”
- Click the three dots and choose “Change billing account.” The new Google Billing Account should display in the dropdown menu.
- Click “Set Account.” A Google error may result, saying “You don’t have permission to edit the permissions of the selected resource.” You can ignore this error. This error may show up if your Google Billing Account permissions are limited (i.e. if you are using a reseller such as the one we use for the free credits program).
To make sure the transition was successful, log back into the console following the steps above and make sure the new billing account is listed.