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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

    This article outlines what operations in Terra have a GCP cost and how you will pay for GCP charges with a Terra billing project. It also explains the billing structure (GCP and Terra), how GCP calculates and bills Terra users for charges, and how...
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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

    Use permissions (roles) and managed groups to control how much - and with whom - you share in Terra. Note that in Terra, it is workspace permissions that determine who can incur GCP costs. All workspace costs are billed through the Terra Billing p...
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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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  • Best practices for managing shared team costs plus-icon minus-icon

    Understanding how to control costs can be especially important (though sometimes 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...
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  • How to set up and use GCP budget alerts plus-icon minus-icon

    Want to keep tabs on your GCP spend for storage and compute in Terra? This article outlines what budget alerts can (and cannot) do, what permissions are needed for these actions, and step-by-step instructions for setting up budget alerts for Terra...
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  • How much did a workflow cost? plus-icon minus-icon

    Executing jobs on the cloud can be frightening when you don't know how much you're spending. Here we'll go over ways to view the cost of an executed workflow to give you the peace of mind that you're not going over a projected goal. This article w...
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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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