Chapter 1. What is subscription watch?

Subscription watch provides unified reporting of Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription usage information across the constituent parts of your hybrid infrastructure, including physical, virtual, on-premise, and cloud. This unified reporting model enhances your ability to consume, track, report, and reconcile your Red Hat subscriptions with your purchasing agreements and deployment types.

Subscription watch also provides reporting of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform subscription usage information. Subscription watch uses data available from Red Hat internal subscription services, in addition to data from Red Hat OpenShift reporting tools, to show aggregated cluster usage data in the context of the capacity of the Red Hat OpenShift subscription profile.

The simplified, consistent subscription reporting experience shows your account-wide Red Hat subscriptions compared to your total inventory across all deployments and programs. It is an at-a-glance impression of both your account’s remaining subscription capacity measured against a subscription threshold and the historical record of your software usage.

Subscription watch provides increased and ongoing visibility of your subscription usage. By implementing it, you might be eligible to shift away from the challenges of the current content enforcement model, which can be error-prone and inconvenient for your operational workload requirements, to a newer model of content access and consumption with fewer barriers to content deployment. The simple content access tool enables this shift. Currently, simple content access is available to customers who manage subscriptions through Red Hat Satellite. To learn more about the simple content access tool and how you can use it with subscription watch, see the Getting Started with Subscription Watch with Simple Content Access guide.