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About cloud application metering

To monitor the usage of cloud applications in the organization, browser extensions installed on the computers gather information about visited web pages. The information is made available in the Applications and Cloud sections of SAM Core.

Description

Extensions collecting cloud application metering data are available for the browsers and platforms listed in Table 5, “Cloud application metering browser extensions. With the exception of Apple Safari, the extensions can be installed on the computers by the Snow Inventory Agent for Windows or macOS according to the agent's configuration. The default configuration is to install the extensions. All agents receive cloud application definition updates by default.

The architecture and processes of the cloud application metering solution are described in Technical description.

See Manage cloud application metering for instructions on how to install and uninstall the browser extensions.

Security considerations for the solution are discussed in Security considerations.

Cloud application metering browser extensions

The cloud application metering extension runs in the context of the browser. It records the web pages the user visits. The data is stored locally on the computer, from where it is collected by the Snow Inventory Agent.

The available extensions and the applicable browsers and platforms are listed in the table below. Snow supports the deployment of extensions for browser versions that are supported by the respective vendor.

Table 5. Cloud application metering browser extensions

Browser

Platform

Extension name

Comment

Google Chrome

Windows

macOS

Snow Web Application Metering

The extension is available in the Chrome Web Store.

Snow Software is the official publisher of the extension.

Microsoft Edge

Windows

macOS

Snow Web Application Metering

The extension is available in the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store.

Snow Software is the official publisher of the extension.

Mozilla Firefox

Windows

macOS

FFCloudmetering.xpi

The extension is an add-on file that is distributed as an embedded resource in the Snow Inventory Agent itself.

The extension is signed by Mozilla Add-ons but not published there.

Apple Safari

macOS

snow-web-application-metering

The extension is installed independently of the Snow Inventory Agent for macOS.