Cloud Asset Inventory provides inventory services based on a time series database. This database keeps a five-week history of Google Cloud asset metadata. Cloud Asset Inventory allows you to:
- Search asset metadata by using a custom query language
- Export all asset metadata at a certain timestamp or export event change history during a specific timeframe
- Monitor asset changes by subscribing to real-time notifications
- Analyze IAM policy to find out who has access to what
The Cloud Asset Inventory search service allows you to search asset metadata within a project, folder, or organization using a custom query language.
Export asset history and metadata
The Cloud Asset Inventory export service allows you to export all the asset metadata at a given timestamp to a Cloud Storage file or a BigQuery table. You can also export the event change history of multiple assets during a given timeframe. The exported event change history shows you all the create, delete, and update events for the specified assets over time.
Monitoring asset changes
You can use Cloud Asset Inventory to monitor resource and policy changes you're subscribed to through real-time notifications. By creating and subscribing to an asset feed, you'll receive immediate updates about any changes for the desired asset names or asset types.
See Monitoring asset changes for more information.
Analyze IAM policies
The Cloud Asset Inventory analysis service allows you to analyze IAM policies within a folder or organization.
An asset refers to a Google Cloud resource or policy. Cloud Asset Inventory supports two main asset content types:
- Resource: Metadata of a Google Cloud resource.
- Compute Engine virtual machines (VMs)
- Cloud Storage buckets
- App Engine instances
- Policies: Metadata of one of the following policies set on a
Google Cloud resource. Examples include:
- IAM policy
- Organization Policy policy
- Access Context Manager policy
- Runtime Information: Metadata of one of the following runtime information
set on a Google Cloud resource. Examples include:
- OSConfig os inventory (Provides information on the operating system, installed packages, and available package updates for a Compute Engine VM instance. Learn more about OS inventory management.)
See Supported asset types for more information.
An asset snapshot is the set of available assets under a Resource Manager project, folder, or organization at a specific timestamp.
For a given asset, asset history includes all metadata create, delete, and update events between timestamp T1 and T2. See Viewing asset history for more information.
- Try out the Cloud Asset Inventory Quickstart to start exporting assets.