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Introduction to SDN with OSN

Abiquo 3.8 introduces the OpenStack Neutron integration, which leverages the following features:

  • Tenant management for network isolation

  • VLAN management

  • Subnet management and routing

  • DHCP

  • Security group management for load balancers

  • Load balancer as a service

The functionality will be extended in future releases.

The Abiquo OpenStack Neutron integration requires the use of the Cloud provider proxy remote service for the private datacenter. This is optional for other private datacenters.

When you create a VDC, Abiquo will create an Abiquo tenant in Neutron, a network (subnet) and a router.

Abiquo firewalls are implemented as security groups in Neutron. In Abiquo 3.8.x, firewalls ONLY apply to load balancers. Firewalls DO NOT apply to virtual machines, even though you can assign them.

Abiquo also uses the Neutron DHCP server to configure the virtual machines.

Configure Abiquo OpenStack Neutron integration

See Configure OpenStack Neutron integration

Create devices to manage SDN elements

See Manage Devices

Users create virtual datacenters

When users create a VDC, the platform will automatically create an Abiquo tenant in Neutron, a network (subnet) and a router.

If the external network is configured in Neutron, virtual machines with the default network configuration can have Internet access through the external network.

Abiquo also uses Neutron to configure DHCP options of static routes in virtual machines.

Abiquo supports Chef with Neutron.

When you delete the virtual datacenter, Abiquo deletes all the Neutron resources of the virtual datacenter’s tenant.