How to view your cloud costs in Terra

Tiffany Miller
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The article provides a quick tour of where you can view actual and estimated costs for computing, storage, and egress in your Terra workspace. This is helpful if you want to perform an action that you know has a cloud cost, but you aren't sure how much it will be. If you don't have permission to view the breakdown of costs in your Google bill, this article will help you understand the rate at which you are accruing expenses. 

Where to find compute (VM) costs

There are separate VM instances for each of Terra's two analysis modes (workflows and interactive analysis - Galaxy, Jupyter notebooks, and RStudio). 

Running workflows 

To see the total run cost (actual cost) in the Job History page, follow these instructions for enabling Terra's built-in cost reporting


To learn more, see How much does my workflow analysis cost? 

Running Cloud Environments (interactive analyses)

There is an hourly cost for running the VM environment, a small cost for keeping the environment paused, and a monthly cost for any persistent disk. When you start up a Cloud Environment VM, you will see an estimated cost right away at the top of the screen. When you adjust the settings, you will see the estimates change. 

Screenshot of Jupyter Cloud Environment cloud costs

To estimate your interactive analysis cost Multiply the cost/hour (in the environment configuration form) by the hours your Cloud Environment is running and add the cost of the persistent disk storage. Note that you pay for the VM when it is running, regardless of whether or not it is performing any calculations.

Estimating cloud storage costs

Your workspace dashboard shows an estimated monthly storage cost for the files in your workspace bucket. Remember that any failed or successful workflows will generate intermediate files and those files are stored in your workspace bucket. 

Screenshot of estimated workspace storage cost in Dashboard

Determining egress costs

Data tables (on the Data page of your workspace) can reference input files stored outside of Terra. To download them (to local storage), can incur egress charges. If you click on a link to a file in a data table, you will surface a modal window with the file's metadata and a button describing the estimated cost for download (egress). 


Additional resources

Click the links below for a more detailed view of costs

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