Abiquo 2.6

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To manage network configuration, click the Infrastructure button  at the top of the main screen. Select a datacenter in the list, then click the  button to see the datacenter detail. In the datacenter pane on the right, click the Network tab.

Abiquo offers four types of networks in virtual datacenters:

  • public networks have Internet addressable public IP addresses.
  • external networks are assigned to an enterprise and used in one or more virtual datacenters. Public or private IP addresses allocated by Abiquo.
  • unmanaged networks are like external networks but with addresses allocated from outside Abiquo.
  • private networks have private IP addresses restricted to one virtual datacenter.

Abiquo Public, External and Unmanaged Networks

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource PublicNetworkResource.

Public Networks 

Public networks allow the users of virtual datacenters to use Internet addressable public IP addresses in their virtual infrastructure. These networks are not assigned to any specific enterprise in Abiquo and they cannot be the default network for a virtual datacenter.

External Networks 

External networks are assigned to a single enterprise and they may have public or private IP addresses. IP addresses on these networks can be used in more than one virtual datacenter. External networks can be assigned to an enterprise's datacenters or virtual datacenters as a default network, thus streamlining the configuration of access to networks outside the virtual datacenter.

Unmanaged Networks 

Unmanaged Networks are a special type of external network. Their IP addresses are allocated outside of Abiquo. In Abiquo you must enter the network and the gateway. The IP address for virtual machines on these networks can be assigned using the corporate DHCP server or by manually entering configuration with ifconfig in a shell, for example.

The cloud administrator is responsible for the proper administration of IP address ranges and VLAN tags.

Public Datacenter Networks

Private Networks in Public Datacenters

When you create a virtual datacenter in a public datacenter, Abiquo creates a private network. This private network can have the default Abiquo private configuration or a custom private network configuration. The network has an internet gateway. If the default network configuration for your enterprise is not a private network (e.g. an external network), then this configuration will be ignored.

Unmanaged Networks with Elastic IPs in Public Datacenters

In addition, you can add Elastic IPs to your virtual machines. These are public IPs that Abiquo includes in an unmanaged network. Remember that Amazon will charge for Elastic IPs when they are not in use, so you should not keep these IPs on virtual machines that are not deployed.

Hybrid Cloud Networking