Get Started with Confluent Cloud on the GCP Marketplace with Commitments

This topic shows you how to get up and running using Confluent Cloud on the GCP Marketplace with usage-based billing commitment. With a commitment, you sign up for a minimum spend amount and get a discount on your committed usage of Confluent Cloud.

Tip

To pay for Confluent Cloud, Confluent Consumption Units (CCUs) are enabled in the cloud Marketplace. Pricing in Marketplace is the same as direct purchase pricing. For more information, see Confluent Cloud Consumption Metrics for Marketplace Deployments.

Prerequisite
  • A GCP Marketplace account. You can use Confluent Cloud and get billed directly through GCP.
  • If you have ever registered for Confluent Cloud, you must use a different email address for registering on Confluent Cloud through the GCP Marketplace.
  • To purchase, you must be logged in to the GCP Marketplace with the billing administrator role.

Procedure

  1. Contact the Confluent sales team and request a quote for a GCP Confluent Cloud commitment. You will receive a GCP Marketplace private quote from Confluent sales.

  2. View the quote on the GCP Marketplace using the private quote link from Confluent sales. Review the policy and required terms, and click ACCEPT.

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  3. After you subscribe, you are then prompted to navigate to Confluent Cloud. Click GO TO PRODUCT PAGE to get started.

    Important

    The dialog indicates a Pay as you Go subscription, but applies to a Commitments account.

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  4. Provide the necessary information to sign up for Confluent Cloud and click Start free.

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    After completing the required fields, click Submit.

    You should receive an email from Confluent requesting that you verify your email address. After verification, you are automatically logged in as the administrator of the new Confluent Cloud account.

    Important

    If you have registered for Confluent Cloud previously, you must use a different email address for registering on Confluent Cloud through the Marketplace.

  5. Once you have signed up for Confluent Cloud, click Create cluster to get started with a new Confluent Cloud cluster.

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Troubleshoot

Email already exists

Symptoms
  • When you try to sign up on Confluent Cloud it says your email is already in use.
  • You log in and see old clusters.
  • You are still seeing charges from your previous payment method.
Solution
Re-register using a new email address. If you have ever registered for Confluent Cloud, you must use a new email address for the Marketplace.

No active entitlement

Symptoms
A message is displayed on the Confluent Cloud Console that says you do not have an active subscription.
Solution
To activate the organization, re-enable the project on GCP.

Pending Confluent Cloud set up

Symptom
A message is displayed on the Confluent Cloud Console that says “Your organization is being provisioned on Confluent Cloud.”
Solution
Confluent Cloud is still pending completion of some tasks to create an organization. We will notify you once the setup is complete.

Account cannot be linked

Symptoms
Your attempt to link a Pay As You Go account fails with the message “Account cannot be linked, code 9201”
Solution
Make sure you are linking a Confluent Cloud Pay As You Go account to a Marketplace usage-based commitment account. Linking a Confluent Pay As You Go account to a GCP Marketplace Pay As You Go account is not supported.

Next Steps

Try out the Quick Start for Apache Kafka using Confluent Cloud, which shows you how to use Confluent Cloud to create topics, produce, and consume to a Kafka cluster.

Learn more about the advantages of using Apache Kafka as a service with Confluent Cloud on GCP.