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Concepts

  • Account

    A domain is created upon successful registration. The domain has full access permissions for all of its cloud services and resources. It can be used to reset user passwords and grant user permissions. The account is a payment entity, which should not be used directly to perform routine management. To ensure account security, create Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and grant them permissions for routine management.

  • User

    An IAM user is created by an account in IAM to use cloud services. Each IAM user has its own identity credentials (password and access keys).

    An IAM user can view the account ID and user ID on the My Credentials page of the management console. API authentication requires information such as the account name, username, and password.

  • Region

    A region is a geographic area in which cloud resources are deployed. Availability zones (AZs) in the same region can communicate with each other over an intranet, while AZs in different regions are isolated from each other. Deploying cloud resources in different regions can better suit certain user requirements or comply with local laws or regulations.

  • AZ

    An AZ comprises of one or more physical data centers equipped with independent ventilation, fire, water, and electricity facilities. Computing, network, storage, and other resources in an AZ are logically divided into multiple clusters. AZs within a region are interconnected using high-speed optical fibers to allow you to build cross-AZ high-availability systems.

  • Project

    A project corresponds to a region. Default projects are defined to a group and have physically isolated resources (including computing, storage, and network resources) across regions. Users can be granted permissions in a default project to access all resources in the region under their accounts. If you need more refined access control, create subprojects under a default project and create resources in subprojects. Then you can assign users the permissions required to access only the resources in the specific subprojects.

    Figure 1 Project isolating model