Why Use Tags?

To establish truly meaningful cost management, you need to see what’s happening from a workload perspective and understand spend from a business perspective. You can better achieve this by using tags. Tags allow you to filter, group, and stack data to identify trends and report on usage by individual cost center.

The tags used in Virtana Platform must be created in your cloud service provider (CSP) account. Tags can be user-defined or they can be generated by your CSP. Virtana Platform identifies all the tags available from your CSP and makes them available in the Virtana Platform modules.

Tip

To use the AWS generated cost allocation tags, a management account owner must activate it in the Billing and Cost Management console.

For detailed information about creating and using tags, see your cloud provider documentation.

In some CSPs, tags are key/value pairs and in others they are simple strings. Either way, you use tags to categorize your resources. For example:

  • You might categorize your storage based on protected health information, or by project, by corporate department, etc.

  • You can use tags to categorize by security classification to control access to batch operations.

  • You can identify specific aspects of a resource using tags, such as associated applications, projects, or infrastructure components, then build reports in Virtana Platform based on those tags.