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Use Case 1a.1 - Create public cloud regions

Use Case 1a.1

Create public cloud regions

Use Case Description

Customers wish to offer convenient public cloud services with the same easy user interface. In addition to local datacenters, Abiquo can manage public cloud resources

Pre-requisites

Abiquo installed and running.

Requires

Must be logged into Abiquo as the Cloud Operator and have network access to the resources.

Steps

1. Create a new public cloud region from the + button in Infrastructure view.
2. Enter the name for the region, select the public cloud provider and mark the checkboxes for the region(s) you wish to use. Click next.

3. Enter the first digits of the IP address of the monolithic Abiquo server, select it from the dropdown list and click Duplicate IP addresses to copy remote service location, ports, and components
4. Click the "Accept" button to use this remote services configuration for the datacenter.

Expected results

Abiquo creates new public cloud region(s) with all available resources managed by Abiquo.

Comments

New public cloud regions are named first with the name that the user enters, and then with this name and a suffix of _1, _2, for example, AWS, AWS_1, AWS_2, and so on.

 

 

Use Case 1a.2 - Add public cloud credentials

Use Case 1a.2

Add public cloud credentials

Use Case Description

Abiquo enables the Tenant Administrator to enter their public cloud credentials.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo management server
  • Abiquo public cloud region created
  • Log in as the cloud operator or the tenant administrator

Requires

Public cloud credentials.

See:

 

Steps

  1. In the top right-hand corner of the screen, click on the user icon.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Edit credentials
  3. Select the cloud provider
  4. Enter the Access key ID and the Secret access key
  5. Click Add account
  6. Click Close

Expected results

The credentials will be added to the tenant's account

Comments

 

 

 

Use Case 1a.3 - Onboard the existing virtual infrastructure

Use Case 1a.3

Onboard the existing virtual infrastructure

Use Case Description

Customers will use Abiquo to manage virtual infrastructure in the public cloud. The cloud operator or tenant administrator can acquire the existing virtual infrastructure so that it can be managed by Abiquo

Pre-requisites

Abiquo installed and running. Public cloud regions are created and valid public cloud credentials have been entered.

Requires

Must be logged into Abiquo as the Cloud Operator or Tenant Administrator.

Steps

Go to Virtual datacenters view. Click the plus button and select synchronize from public cloud from the dropdown menu.

Select the public cloud region.

Select the virtual datacenter to synchronize from the list.

Abiquo will import this virtual infrastructure from the provider.

Expected results

Imported virtual infrastructure is now managed by Abiquo and is available to virtual datacenter users.

Comments

 

 

Changes made directly in the provider can be updated in Abiquo by clicking the synchronize button beside the virtual datacenter name in the VDC list.

Abiquo will import the following (as supported by the provider):

  • virtual datacenters
  • virtual datacenter networks
  • public IPs
  • firewalls
  • load balancers
  • virtual machines
  • templates used to create virtual machines

 

Use Case 1a.4 - Define allocation limits for the virtual datacenter

Use Case 1a.4

Define allocation limits for the virtual datacenter

Use Case Description

Tenant administrators can define allocation limits to restrict resources available to cloud users in the virtual datacenter. These allocation limits complement the limits set by cloud operators for the tenant.

Pre-requisites

Abiquo installed and running.

Requires

Must be logged into Abiquo as the Cloud Operator or the Tenant Administrator

Steps

When creating the VDC, enter Allocation limits

Expected results

An allocation limit will be defined for the virtual datacenter

Comments

Users should see a popup as they exceed the soft limit and will be prevented from surpassing the hard limit.

 

Use Case 1a.5 - Obtain Public IPs for consumption by cloud users

Use Case 1a.5

Create Public IPs for consumption by cloud tenants

Use Case Description

Tenant administrators can obtain public IPs from the cloud provider and make them available to users in their enterprises.

Pre-requisites

  • Virtual Datacenter created and synchronized in public cloud
  • Public cloud provider with public IP support, for example, AWS with Elastic IPs or Azure

Requires

  • Public IPs available in user account
  • Logged in as cloud admin using this enterprise, or tenant admin

Steps

1.In the virtual datacenter, go to the network tab and open the Public page. Synchronize public IPs.


2. Click the + button and add a public IP. Then click Add to VDC.

Expected results

The public IP is now ready for adding to a virtual machine

Comments

Check how your cloud provider charges for public IPs. For example, they may charge for public IPs when they are not attached to deployed virtual machines.

See Manage Public Cloud Networks

Use Case 1a.6 - Create security groups

Use Case 1a.6

Create security groups

Use Case Description

Abiquo tenant administrators can create firewalls (security groups) in public cloud providers that support them

Pre-requisites

  • Virtual Datacenter created and synchronized in public cloud
  • Public cloud provider with firewall support, for example, AWS

Requires

  • Logged in as cloud admin using this enterprise, or tenant admin

Steps

  1. Select the location or the virtual datacenter and click the synchronize button in the top right-hand corner of the page
  2. Click the + button and enter firewall general information
  3. Click the synchronize button to synchronize firewall rules. You will probably see a default rule to allow all outbound traffic.
  4. Click the pencil edit button to edit firewall rules. Enter firewall rules, for example, to allow SSH


Expected results

A firewall is created

Comments

See Manage Firewalls

 

Use Case 1a.7 - Create basic load balancer

Use Case 1a.7

Create load balancer

Use Case Description

Abiquo tenant administrators can create load balancers in public cloud providers that support them

Pre-requisites

  • Virtual Datacenter created and synchronized in public cloud
  • Public cloud provider with load balancer support, for example, AWS, RackSpace, OpenStack with Neutron integration

Requires

  • Logged in as cloud admin using this enterprise, or tenant admin

Steps

  1. Select the location or the virtual datacenter and synchronize (or synchronize the individual elements: firewalls (where applicable) and load balancers).
  2. Click the + button and enter load balancer general information
  3. Create routing rules
  4. Enter a health check if required - AWS will automatically create one if you do not enter one
  5. Assign a firewall if required - Rackspace will automatically allow traffic to the appropriate load balancer ports
  6. Assign nodes
  7. Click Save

Expected results

A load balancer is created 

Comments

See Manage Load Balancers

 

Use Case 1a.8 - Export a virtual machine template from private datacenter to public cloud

Use Case 1a.8

Export a virtual machine template from a private datacenter to public cloud (or another private cloud datacenter)

Use Case Description

The cloud platform can support multiple datacenters and public cloud regions, with different technologies and service levels.
The template mobility feature enables virtual machine templates to be moved between datacenters and public cloud regions.

Pre-requisites

A cloud environment with a datacenter plus a public cloud region (or another

Requires

  • Abiquo Server
  • V2V Services in datacenter (for conversion)
  • Two private cloud datacenters or one private cloud datacenter and a public cloud region
    • Check tenant is allowed to use the physical datacenter and the public cloud region
    • For public cloud region, you will need a compatible template (see VM Template Mobility)

Steps

  1. Go to the Apps library on the private datacenter templates tab.
    Select a compatible template and from the options menu, select Export
  2. Select the provider type (Public or Private) and for public cloud, select the Provider and Region. Click Next
  3. Select the disk(s). For public cloud, you can only select one system disk
  4. Click Export to continue. The export may take some time.
  5. Open the Apps library in the new datacenter or public cloud region to check that the template is successfully copied and converted

Expected results

A compatible VM template can be exported (copied) to another private cloud datacenter or a public cloud region

Comments

See VM Template Mobility

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