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A Target is a resource or workload management service in your virtual environment that you have connected to Turbonomic. For example, a public cloud account on AWS (Amazon Web Services) can be a target, as can an on-prem datacenter managed by VMware vCenter Server.

For each target that you configure, Turbonomic communicates with the service via the management protocol that it exposes — a REST API, SMI-S, XML, or some other management transport. Turbonomic uses this communication to discover the managed entities, monitor resource utilization, and execute actions.


In cloud environments, a Tenant is a single account that accesses shared computing resources. Cloud infrastructure typically supports multitenancy, which means that multiple tenants on the same cloud can use the same computing resources.

For Private Cloud environments, Turbonomic represents a single set of tenant resources as a Provider Virtual Datacenter (vDC).

In AWS environments, you can create VMs with dedicated tenancy or shared tenancy. Dedicated tenancy means the given VM will always run on hardware that is dedicated to a specific tenant (a specific customer account). Shared tenancy means the VM can run on shared resources in the region. When calculating costs and VM resizes, Turbonomic assumes shared tenancy is valid for the given VM. You can create policies to constrain these assumptions.