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Collecting, transforming, and publishing

This section of articles helps you collect usage data from various sources, transform and enrich it with financial and organizational data, and publish it to the Cloud Cruiser database where you can use it in reports and Cloud Cruiser Insights modules.

For end-to-end instructions, see ETL process overview. Additionally, Steps for all collectors covers useful concepts that apply no matter which type of data source you collect from.

CloudSmart-Now solutions

Cloud Cruiser includes the CloudSmart-Now solutions, which work out of the box with minimal configuration, enabling you to collect, process, and publish billing data faster than with standard collection methods. CloudSmart-Now solutions are available for the following data sources:

CloudSmart-Now solutions offer the following benefits over standard, manually-configured collection methods:

  • Workbook templates that include all of the collections and ETL workflow necessary to take advantage of the other listed benefits.
  • A simple, five-level account structure: Business Unit, Department, OwnerEnvironment, and Resource ID.
  • For private cloud data sources, services to handle common chargeback use cases. Usage is automatically matched to one of these services. (Public cloud providers use passthrough services.)
  • For private cloud services, baseline rates. These rates provide a realistic starting point for the rates you assign your services, and will speed your implementation. (Public cloud providers use passthrough rates.)

  • Private cloud VMs are charged according to standardized sizes based on their number of CPUs and amount of allocated RAM. A VM that doesn’t exactly match both defined amounts for a size is charged as a nonstandard version of that size.

  • Easy methods to allocate cost to departments and individual owners for collected resources. Private clouds use a CSV file you maintain to map resources to owners and departments. For AWS, Cloud Cruiser can collect the department and owner from tag values, or through the same methods available for private cloud vendors. For Microsoft Azure, Cloud Cruiser can collect the department and owner from the Department Name and AccountOwnerId fields in the Azure bill, or through the same methods available for private cloud usage.

  • Tailored analytics reports out-of-the-box. 

Standard collection methods

Cloud Cruiser's standard collection methods provide broad collection capabilities that you configure specifically for your data-collection needs. 

Native collectors

Native collectors are specialized collection modules that are typically developed by HPE to deal with a complex, proprietary data source. Native collectors have the advantage of being able to perform more advanced functions, such as interfacing to third-party APIs, exchanging credentials and security tokens, and more. Cloud Cruiser includes native collectors for the following data sources:

Universal collectors

Universal collectors gather data from common data formats such as flat files, Excel spreadsheets, or databases. These generic collectors are flexible enough to handle a very wide array of data and allow you to collect from data sources for which there is no native collector available. Cloud Cruiser includes universal collectors for the following data sources:

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