NHLBI BioData CatalystⓇ (BDC): Billing overview for BDC users

Anton Kovalsky
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The NHLBI BioData CatalystⓇ (BDC) platform powered by Terra runs on Google Cloud, and all expenses are billed via Google Cloud Billing accounts. This article links to information in that section to get your account set up so you can start using Terra with Google Cloud.

How to access cloud credits

Two avenues for getting free credits

  1. You can take advantage of $300 Google Cloud credits. Google Cloud credits expire sixty days after you start the trial. To sign up, log into the Google Cloud Console (https://console.cloud.google.com) and set up a Cloud Billing account. See Set up billing with $300 Google credits to explore Terra.
  2. You can also request credits from BDC by filling out the form on this page.

How to set up your own Terra Billing Project

All cloud costs for working in Terra are paid for with a Terra Billing project funded with a linked Cloud  Billing account. BDC users use a Google Cloud Billing account set up for you using NIH’s Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) initiative, managed by the third-party reseller, Carahsoft.

Once you have access to the STRIDES Billing account, you can link it to Terra and create a Terra Billing project by following the instructions in How to set up billing in Terra.

Controlling Cloud Costs

Controlling Cloud Costs documentation provides helpful tips and guidelines for tracking and minimizing your expenditures when working in the cloud. Articles include instructions and examples.

Going from BDCfunded credits to your own billing account

Establish a Google Billing Account (for yourself, or the team) and link it with the Terra Billing Project already used for your credits. 

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