How you can organize users and storage across tenants

Cloud Manager enables you to provision and manage storage in isolated groups called tenants. You need to decide how to organize Cloud Manager users and their working environments across tenants.

Working environments

Cloud Manager represents storage systems as working environments. A working environment is any of the following:

The following image shows an ONTAP Cloud working environment:

Screen shot: a ONTAP Cloud working environment, which shows ONTAP Cloud storage and the EC2 instances in the VPC.


A tenant isolates working environments in groups. You create one or more working environments within a tenant. The following image shows three tenants defined in Cloud Manager:

Screen shot: the Tenants page, which shows three defined tenants.

User management of tenants and working environments

The tenants and working environments that Cloud Manager users can manage depend on user role and assignments. The three distinct user roles are as follows:

You assign Tenant Admins and Working Environment Admins to a specific tenant when creating the user accounts. You can also assign Working Environment Admins to specific working environments, if the tenant has preexisting working environments. Working Environment Admins can also create their own working environments.

Example of how you might create tenants and users

If your organization has departments that operate independently, it is best to have a tenant for each department. For example, you might create three tenants for three separate departments. You would then create a Tenant Admin for each tenant. Within each tenant would be one or more Working Environment Admins who manage working environments. The following image depicts this scenario:

This illustration shows a Cloud Manager Admin, three Tenant Admins, and three tenants that include several working environments and the working environment admins who manage them.