To use PowerDown you must first grant access to the cloud accounts that you wish to manage. This is done by connecting to those cloud accounts. PowerDown needs limited access to your cloud provider accounts so that it can inventory your cloud resources and power up and down those resources as required.
You can connect to multiple clouds from different cloud providers or cloud accounts. PowerDown will discover cloud resources from all regions in all cloud accounts. It will aggregate the resources into a single pool that can be conveniently managed from one spot.
Currently, only AWS is supported as a cloud provider. Soon support for Azure and GCP will be added.
PowerDown enables you to group users into teams where each team can connect to one or more cloud accounts. When you connect to a cloud, you select the team that needs access to those cloud resources. Team users will then see only those resources that correspond to teams for which they are a member.
Multiple teams can connect the same cloud accounts. PowerDown will intelligently manage the resources shared among those teams.
Connecting to AWS
For Amazon AWS, PowerDown uses a CloudFormation template to configure access to your account. When you click Save from the Connect Cloud page, you will be redirected to AWS in another browser tab to grant access. You may need to first log into the relevant AWS account if you are not already logged in. When the AWS Cloud Formation template completes, return to the PowerDown tab to begin using the service.
Once your AWS cloud account is connected, PowerDown will immediately begin discovering your cloud resources.
By default, PowerDown will scan all regions for cloud resources. Over time, PowerDown learns which regions are being actively used and those regions will be scanned more frequently. Active regions are scanned every two minutes for new resources and for changes in resource state. Inactive regions are scanned once every hour.
You can explicitly list all the regions that you will be using by listing them on the Connect Cloud page.
Filtering by Tags
You can use cloud tag patterns to filter the resources.
Resources will be included if the specified tags match the resource. You can specify tags that either must be present or must not be absent on the resources. See Connect Cloud Help for more details.
Disconnecting from a Cloud
When you disconnect a cloud, all the resources discovered via that cloud will be removed from PowerDown. If any of those resources had schedules and were managed, they will cease to be managed by PowerDown. If another team had its own connection to the resources in that cloud, their access will continue uninterrupted.