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Understanding and optimizing your cloud storage, compute, and egress costs on Terra

  • Understanding Terra costs and billing 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 (i.e. GCP and Terra), how GCP calculates and bills Terra users for charges, an...
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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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  • Managing shared resources with groups and permissions plus-icon minus-icon

    Learn how to use permissions (roles) and managed groups to control how much - and with whom - you share in Terra. Note that Terra workspace permissions determine who can incur GCP costs for an analysis. All workspace costs are billed through the T...
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  • Best practices for managing shared team costs plus-icon minus-icon

    Understanding how to manage and control costs is an important consideration for a team working together using a shared funding source. Read on for two ways to share funding resources and how to choose - depending on your collaboration needs.  For ...
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  • How to set up and use GCP budget alerts plus-icon minus-icon

    Want to keep tabs on your Google Cloud Platform (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 includes step-by-step instructions for s...
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  • How much does my workflow cost? plus-icon minus-icon

    Executing jobs on the cloud can be a little scary if you don't know how much you're spending. For peace of mind that you're not going over a project budget, read on for two ways to understand the cost of an executed workflow. Option 1: Terra's bui...
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  • How to remove 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: 1. Keep Terra from creating new Billing projects/workspaces by removin...
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  • Best Practices for controlling workshop costs plus-icon minus-icon

    When running a workshop, you need to be able to show off and teach Terra's capabilities by having people run workflows and notebooks. After the workshop is over, however, you don't want to accidentally continue to accrue GCP charges for storage or...
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