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Terra is a cloud-native platform for biomedical researchers to access data, run analysis tools, and collaborate.
Terra powers important scientific projects like FireCloud, AnVIL, and BioData Catalyst. Learn more.

Tips and tricks for reducing storage, compute, and egress charges in a Google Cloud-native platform.

  • Understanding costs and billing in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    In order to control costs when working in Terra, it is critical to first understand the Google Cloud Platform costs and how you will be billed for working on the platform. The article outlines what operations have a GCP cost and how Terra bills fo...
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  • Understanding and controlling cloud costs plus-icon minus-icon

    The Terra platform is free to use; you can browse showcase workspaces and the Data Library as soon as you register for an account. However operations in Terra - such as running workflows, running Jupyter Notebooks, and accessing and storing data -...
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  • Controlling Cloud costs - sample use cases plus-icon minus-icon

    Considering key Cloud costs described in this article, we can examine some uses cases and provide the framework for their costs. Specific costs will vary based on software versions, data sizes, storage and access locations.  This document provides...
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  • Using permissions and groups to manage shared resources - billing, data, and workspaces plus-icon minus-icon

    This article explains what permissions and managed groups are in Terra and how to use them to control who and how much you share with collaborators. Permissions or roles control what a collaborator can do and are assigned by the owner (or other pe...
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  • Best Practices for managing shared team costs plus-icon minus-icon

    Understanding how to control costs can be especially important (and challenging) for a team working together using a shared funding source. Read on for two ways to share funding resources (shared workspaces and shared Billing projects).  For infor...
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  • How do I retrieve the time and cost of my workflow? plus-icon minus-icon

    How do I retrieve the time and cost of my workflow? Within every featured workspace description is a subsection providing the estimated time and cost for running a method using the sequence data in the data model. These results are gathered by obt...
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  • How to disable billing on a Terra project plus-icon minus-icon

    Each billing project in Terra is backed by a GCP Billing account. There may be times when you need to prevent that Terra billing project from incurring any costs moving forward. This article gives instructions on how to do that by disabling the T...
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  • How to dissociate Terra from a GCP Billing account plus-icon minus-icon

    To ensure  your GCP Billing account cannot be charged by GCP for any storage, egress, or compute costs associated with Terra, you will need to do two things on the GCP console: Keep Terra from creating new Billing projects/workspaces by removing ...
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