SKUs are the basic building blocks of products within Orbitera. A SKU can be anything that you charge for in a product's plan such as cloud infrastructure, software licenses, or support fees.

SKUs within Orbitera can be metered or unmetered. A metered SKU means that it is charged on a subscription basis - over a period of hours, weeks, days, months, or years. An unmetered SKU is charged on a one-time basis, when the plan is purchased. SKUs are powerful in that they allow you to turn on-demand charges for cloud infrastructure into discrete items that are chargeable over a specific time period. For example, you can create a SKU that contains 100 GB of storage, and charge a customer a monthly or yearly up-front fee for that storage.

To get started, click on the "Products" tab and select "SKUs" from the menu at the top.

You are now in the SKU menu. At the top are 3 fields where you can filter your SKUs by name, price, or the date they were added. For price, entering <5000 would filter the results to all SKUs with a price under $5000.

To add a SKU, select "Add" at the bottom

Enter a unique SKU in the SKU field. This SKU must be unique within Orbitera.

Enter a name in the Name field. The name should clearly identify the SKU.

Enter a description of the SKU in the Description field. 

Visibility allows you to set whether other sellers can see the SKU. The default setting, Private means that nobody else will see your SKU. Reseller means that downstream Orbitera accounts which are linked to your account as a reseller can see your SKU. Public means that anyone with an Orbitera account can see your SKU. Note that customers can never see SKUs. 

On demand is deprecated and can be ignored.

If your  SKU does not include any cloud infrastructure, you can simply set a price and select whether it's metered. If metered, select the time period that it is metered over. This is used to calculate the price of the SKU within the plan over various time periods. For example, you can add a single SKU that is metered over a month (for example, $29 per month), and when it's added to the product, Orbitera will automatically calculate the price of that SKU over all the available time periods. If you do not select metered, the SKU will be included in the one time, up-front purchase price for a plan.

If the SKU does include cloud infrastructure, skip the price field above. Select the cloud Provider, such as Amazon Web Services, and select a Product and Region. Products correspond to AWS products such as EC2, and Regions correspond to the AWS regions. A calculator will appear once you make your selection.

Use the calculator to define pricing for your cloud-based SKU. Note that all pricing for metered items (such as storage or bandwidth) is monthly. All sliders for items that are charged hourly are based on a 750 hour month.

Let's try an example. We will create a SKU that includes one month of a m1.large windows servers, 100 GB of EBS-backed storage and 10 GB of bandwidth. Note that when you move sliders within the calculator, Orbitera automatically adjusts the price in the Price field at the top. Try out different sliders to get a feel for the calculator. It is essential to use the calculator to create cloud SKUs in order for Orbitera to properly calculate overages for customer usage!

Once you are done, be sure to select Metered and month for any AWS-based SKUs. Click on "Create" to complete the process of creating the SKU. 

You can search for your new SKU by name back in the SKU menu.

Congratulations, you are now ready to add products! For more information, please navigate to the article on products.