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Virtana Platform Terminology

Some terms used in Virtana Platform are common words but with meanings specific to the module being used.

Following are terms used in the context of Virtana Platform that you should be familiar with.


Generic term that refers to a linked account in AWS, a project in GCP, and a subscription in Azure.

amortized costs

Distributes any up-front fees and monthly installments evenly across the reservation period.


A software application workload that includes: 1) All components required to run and use the application, such as servers, storage nodes, network connections, etc.; 2) Collected monitoring data associated with the application, such as conversations, usage metrics, etc.

archive file

A Zip (.zip) file provided by Virtana Services that contains monitoring data from and application mappings produced with help from the Virtana Services team.


Metadata created and assigned by your cloud service provider (CSP) that defines a property of a resource. You can use attributes in Virtana Platform to filter items to include in or exclude from a report.

blended costs

The averaged rates of the reserved and on-demand instances that are shared by multiple member accounts. The blended view recognizes relative usage of reserved instances, so accounts that make more use of reserved instances are allocated a higher proportion of those overall costs.

change request

The ability to submit ticket requests to modify your CSP environment based on recommendations from Idle Resources or Right Sizing Reports. The requests are configured as part of a policy in Cloud Cost Management and submitted to a change management system, such as Jira or ServiceNow.

Cloud Cost Management module

Cloud Cost Management (CCM) is a module in Virtana Platform that helps you identify potential cost savings with your cloud service providers (CSPs), opportunities for optimizing resource usage, and CSP billing details for your environment.

cloud service provider (CSP)

A company that offers cloud-based services and solutions. Examples are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure. Also called cloud provider.

compute instance

An individual instance of a virtual machine (VM) or a physical server node that can be associated with an application or a move group (in Workload Placement). A compute instance can belong to only one application or move group.

compute instance

An individual instance of a virtual machine (VM) or a physical server node that can be associated with an application or a move group (in Workload Placement). A compute instance can belong to only one application or move group.

consolidated billing

The grouping of multiple accounts into a single billing account, with one main "parent" account and related linked "children" for billing purposes. The child account information rolls up to the parent account. Equivalent to an AWS "organization".

Cost Explorer

A visualization tool that provides a view of your spend across different AWS Services. Use to get a clearer perspective of weekly, monthly, and quarterly spending trends for your business.

custom group

A group of related assets (servers, storage nodes, network connections, etc.) to be migrated together that you identify in Virtana using Custom Properties.

data source

An integration instance (such as AWS, Azure, or GCP), with an associated billing account. The billing account can represent a single account or multiple accounts, if doing consolidated billing.


A piece of physical or virtualized hardware, such as servers, storage devices, network devices, etc., that run in a data center. Devices host applications.


The process of identifying the contents of an archive file and displaying the interdependencies of the identified objects in the Virtana Platform UI.


Equates to an entity in .

external device

A device that does not reside within a customer's data center.

global report filter

Also called global filter. User-customized filters (tags and attributes) applied to data sources. They can be used to segment environments to identify savings within a subset of your environment.


GovCloud is an AWS cloud offering that restricts administrative access to U.S. citizens only. The region meets the requirements for U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and allows users to move Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) into the cloud. See the official AWS Guide for more information.

IAM role

An IAM role is an AWS identity with associated permissions policies. This role is used by Virtana Platform to communicate with AWS. The role provides temporary security credentials that only apply for the role session.

in-line policy

A user-created and user-managed AWS policy that you can embed in a single user, group, or role in AWS.

internal device

A device that resides within a customer's data center.

Management Account Permissions

Grants read-only access to collect billing files from a single AWS S3 bucket that can be located in a management account.


The process of moving selected applications or workloads, and associated compute resources, from one location to another, usually from on-premises to the cloud.

Minimal Cost Permissions

Grants read-only access to collect CloudWatch performance metrics and billing files. It is limited to only the AWS services for which Virtana Platform Cloud Cost Management provides cost reports.

move group

A user-selected group of applications and/or compute devices, usually with interdependencies, that are to be moved together, without compromising application availability and performance.


The entity under which specific workloads are grouped for migration and optimization, and to which a user and projects belong. An organization typically equates to a company, but can relate to a business unit of a company, etc


A reseller or managed service provider (MSP) that is licensed to use any Virtana Platform modules.


Configuration parameters that a user can apply to a data source. In Cloud Cost Management, policies define the optimization constraints for Idle Resources and Right Sizing reports.


The contents of an archive (.zip) file that has been imported into Workload Placement. Projects are assigned to organizations.


Any compute instance, storage object, networking device, or other entity that can be created or configured within the CSP platform.

Scope of Analysis

The policy parameter that allows you to select which instances or entities (scope) the policy applies to. Settings include the CSP data source and applicable filters.

Standard Permissions

Grants blanket read-only access to collect CloudWatch performance metrics and billing files from AWS S3.


A key/value pair or simple string used as an organizational label applied to resources. You create tags in your cloud service provider account.

unblended costs

The sum of the applicable rates times usage (rates x usage) for each shared resource in consolidated accounts. Unblended costs represent the usage costs on the day they are charged to you.

Virtana Platform

A cloud-agnostic SaaS platform offered by Virtana that is composed of multiple modules to help migrate, optimize, and manage workloads in cloud and hybrid environments.


A point-in-time snapshot of the amount of resources being consumed for a specific business need. Workload resources are related assets to be migrated together. In Virtana Platform, a workload could be an application workload or a custom workload.

Workload Placement module

Workload Placement is a module in Virtana Platform that de-risks and accelerates application or workload migrations for public or private clouds.