Subscription tracking


We need to track the yearly subscriptions bought for OpenShift clusters. The exact SKU count is required for a monthly report to Red Hat. Red Hat OpenShift SKU subscriptions are based on cores or vCPU count (called CORE BAND), in our case we use vCPU count. We need to track how many long-term SKU subscriptions (Yearly or 3 Years) we bought, in which timeframe they’re valid (there can be multiple ranges, depending on when they where bought) and how many are assigned. And with that information, we also need to report on the difference so buy additional monthly SKUs, should there be a difference.

A monthly usage report has to be sent to Red Hat, detailing the use of SKUs, assigned to consumers of them (our customers).


  • Long-term SKU subscriptions (Yearly or 3 Years) are tracked in a central place, including validity information

  • Detailed SKU subscription count is available for an automated monthly report to Red Hat

  • A suggestion for how many yearly subscriptions to buy is available to the account or partner manager


  • Full automation of subscription buying


Option 1: Database and Web UI (custom/ Grafana)

We store subscriptions in a database and build a custom UI or Grafana dashboard to visualize the data.

This allows instant feedback and would allow account managers to track subscriptions themselves without having to ask our team.

Building the UI would take time and we would need to maintain it.

Grafana most likely doesn’t support editing data.

Option 2: Store in ConfigMap managed by Commodore

We store the bought subscriptions in a ConfigMap managed by Commodore. This gives us free versioning and a history of changes. Coupled with a Jira ticket we can track who requested changes for which customer.

We don’t need to build a custom UI or any other tooling.

The only visualization will be the monthly report to Red Hat.

The ConfigMap can contain JSON or YAML which natively is supported by most editors.

Our team would update and maintain the ConfigMap. Account managers would open a Jira ticket to request a change, if they decide to buy more subscriptions. Current state can be read from GitLab, be shown in monthly report, and will be linked in the documentation.

Option 3: Store in Odoo

We store the bought subscriptions in Odoo. This would allow us to track the subscriptions in the same place as the customer data and contracts.

We would not need to build a custom UI but might have to create a custom Odoo module.

Currently we’re migrating Odoo versions but the timeline isn’t clear yet. There’s a lot of other work to do in Odoo and we don’t want to add more work to the migration.


We decided to go with option 2 and track the bought subscriptions in a ConfigMap managed by Commodore.


We like to start simple and first see if the effort of a custom UI is worth it.

An account manager needs to act on the suggestion of how many subscriptions to buy. The manager will decide on external factors, like how likely it’s the customer stays with us, that aren’t known to the system.

This happens once a month and most likely doesn’t lead to any changes.

A monthly report should be enough visualization for the account manager to make a decision.