IBM App Connect Instances, IBM Cloud Accounts and IBM Ids

To use IBM App Connect on the IBM Cloud, you need an Instance of IBM App Connect.

To access your IBM App Connect instance you will need an IBM cloud account.

To get an IBM Cloud account, you will need an IBM Id.

When you sign up for IBM App Connect, these will be provisioned for you – but what is the difference and what do you need to know?



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IBM ID

Your IBM ID is used to log you in to IBM Sites, Products and Services

When you sign up for IBM App Connect, if you do not have an IBM ID, you can create one at the same time

Your IBM ID is your user ID for IBM resources. It usually an email address. This is your email address, which may be business or personal. It is NOT an IBM email i.e. one that ends in ibm.com. Your IBM ID also has a password to keep it secure. IBM will ask you to ‘sign in with your IBM ID’ when you want to use IBM App Connect.



IBM Cloud Account

An IBM Cloud Account lets you access Applications and Services on the IBM Cloud

To use IBM App Connnect on the IBM Cloud, you will need an IBM Cloud Account.

When you sign up for IBM App Connect, if you do not have an IBM Cloud Account, one will be created for you.

Your IBM Cloud account will be associated with your IBM ID.

IBM App Connect on the IBM Cloud requires you to have an IBM Cloud account. You can then choose one or more plans for IBM App Connect, from the free Lite plan to the Custom Enterprise plan, depending on the features that you want.

In addition, depending on your plans, you can have multiple instances of IBM App Connect.



IBM App Connect Instances

To run IBM App Connect on the IBM Cloud, you need an Instance

An Instance is associated with your IBM Cloud Account

An Instance keeps a set of flows, connector accounts and other artefacts together.

When you use the IBM App Connect Dashboard, there is one Dashboard per instance

When you sign up for IBM App Connect, an Instance will be created for you to use



Instances and The IBM Cloud

IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud is an offering in the IBM Cloud catalog, found within the Integration category.

When you sign up for IBM App Connect on Cloud, you are creating an instance of IBM App Connect hosted on the IBM Cloud.

You can have more than one instance of IBM App Connect for a single IBM Cloud account.

You can have different instances with different plans. For details of the plans available see the App Connect catalog page.

You may choose to have multiple instances if you want to run App Connect integration flows within multiple geographies, or to use separate instances as different environments or for different teams.


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Using Multiple Instances

You can have multiple instances of IBM App Connect in one Cloud Account

An Instance is associated with your IBM Cloud AccountYou may choose to have multiple instances if you want to run App Connect integration flows within multiple geographies, or to use separate instances as different environments or for different teams.An Instance keeps a set of flows, connector accounts and other artefacts together.

You can find your instances on your IBM Cloud Dashboard under the Resource list and Cloud Foundry Services at https://cloud.ibm.com/resources, which also shows your other services such as API Connect, Cloudant NoSQL, and Watson Assistant./h4>

How do these concepts work together and what do they mean?

You use an IBM Cloud account to sign into the IBM Cloud.

You can have many cloud services, resources, and offerings within one IBM Cloud account.

A list of the currently available offerings can be found here https://cloud.ibm.com/catalog

You can sign up for an IBM Cloud account for free at https://ibm.cloud.com or you can create your IBM Cloud account when you sign up IBM App Connect at https://www.ibm.com/cloud/app-connect


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Each IBM App Connect instance has its own separate App Connect UI and integration flows.

You can copy or move integration flows between instances by using App Connect import and export functions.


You can connect integration flows between instances by setting up some flows as callable flows or as flows for REST APIs to be called by other flows.



Instances with multiple people and teams

When you first create an IBM App Connect instance on IBM Cloud, your instance only has one IBMid associated with it.

You can add multiple people (IBMids) to collaborate within your IBM Cloud account and to share you IBM App Connect instances, if you want. To do this, click the ‘Manage’ menu from your IBM Cloud Dashboard, then click ‘Account’ or go to https://cloud.ibm.com/account.

You can manage your resource groups from here; for ‘Manage access and users’, click Explore.



Managing Access

You can also go directly to https://cloud.ibm.com/iam/overview or use the ‘Manage->Access (IAM)’ from the menu.

From here you can invite new users to join your account and can manage access for existing users of your account. (Start on the Users page to assign and manage access.)

IBM Cloud supports granular access for users, groups, and resources, so you can organise your team access to suite your requirements.


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