Last week I encouraged you to consider your naming standards before adding services. This week I’d like to encourage you to use tags as well to help you manage your IBM Cloud environment.
As this piece from the IBM Cloud Docs on Working with tags explains, you can use tags to
organize, track usage costs, and even manage access to your resources. You can tag related resources and view them throughout your account by filtering by tags from your resource list. To see a full list of tags in your account, go to Manage > Account in the IBM Cloud® console, and select Tags. You can apply user tags to organize your resources and easily find them later or help you with identifying specific team usage or cost allocation. By creating access management tags, you can control access to your resources without requiring updates to your IAM policies.
Here’s some examples, partially taken from the same piece:
- Use tags to identify or even manage access to your development environment, not to mention QA, UAT, Production and DR
- Use tags to identify or even manage access to a project: project:lw-wizard, app:poc-app
- Use tags to define compliance requirements: dataresidency:germany, compliance:hipaa, compliance:pii
- Use tags to help you automate optimization: schedule:24×7, maxruntime:12days
So use tags: your IBM cloud environment will be easier to operate if you do.
For more on this, here’s a good blog post on tags, here: Characteristics of User and Access Tags on IBM Cloud | IBM
And this piece in IBM Cloud Docs is a good tutorial that will guide you:
…through the steps to centrally manage access to the resources in your account at scale (using tags). By completing this tutorial, you learn how to create an access management tag, add the tag to selected resources, and define a policy to assign access to resources based on the tags on those resources.
Good stuff. Start using tags more and you will find it much easier to manage your resources in the IBM Cloud. If you are unsure, start with a few for now (e.g. tag your production environment, tag resources belong to specific groups). You’ll start to see the benefits soon.