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Use Case 3.1 - Create an enterprise for a cloud tenant to consume cloud resources

Use Case 3.1

Create an enterprise for a cloud tenant to consume cloud resources

Use Case Description

In the Abiquo platform an enterprise can be created to make logical deployment resources available to cloud tenants. The following example depicts a sample enterprise hierarchy.

  • ACME Hosting {root level – corporate or Service Provider level}
    1. Local Bank {Enterprise}
    2. Wernham Hogg {Enterprise}
    3. Dundler Mifflin {Enterprise}
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Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Physical Infrastructure Deployed

Requires

Enterprise Name

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin
2. From the "Users" pane click + to add the new enterprise
3. Enter Enterprise Name in Name box (the Enterprise logo and theme are optional)

4. Click on "Datacenters" tab and select a datacenter for the enterprise to use. Move the datacenter to the Allowed Datacenters list

5. Click "Save"  

Expected results

The enterprise will be available for logins, resource allocation, and for the customer to login to via the customer portal.

Comments

The administrator can switch to use an enterprise by clicking the switch enterprise button on the list in the Home view 

 

Use Case 3.2 - Define resource allocation limits for the enterprise

Use Case 3.2

Define Resource Allocation limits for the Enterprise.

Use Case Description

The Hard and Soft Limits offer the Cloud Operator a way to limit the amount of physical resources that and Enterprise will be able to consume. This is very useful to avoid common problems in cloud platforms, such as resource over allocation or an enterprise using resources belonging to others, or even preventing DoS attacks. These limits will also help System Administrators to anticipate user needs and anticipate resource demands.
The exact meaning of these limits is:
Hard Limit: The maximum amount of virtual resources (CPU, RAM, Local Hard Disk, External Storage, Repository, VLANs, Public IPs) that an enterprise will be allowed to consume.
Soft Limit: A limit that is always less than the Hard Limit that is used to alert users. When an enterprise reaches the soft limit, an alert will be shown to users to inform that they are reaching the resource allocation limits for their enterprise.
Hard and Soft Limits are used by the Resource Scheduler in order to decide if a user can or cannot deploy a virtual appliance.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Enterprise created

Requires

Limits set based on business agreement with enterprise holder

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin
2. On the users screen select a specific Enterprise
3. Select configuration button and select the "allocation limits" tab
4. Set "Soft limits" for warning and "Hard Limits" to set maximum allowable limits for use by enterprise to deploy virtual appliances/virtual machines

Expected results

The platform will create an event for administrators if the users approach the "Soft Limit" and Enterprise users will not be able to deploy virtual machines past the "Hard Limits".

Comments

 

 

Use Case 3.3 - Delegate administration of the enterprise

Use Case 3.3

Delegate Administration of the Enterprise

Use Case Description

The Enterprise Administrator can manage configurations at the enterprise level and provide access to standard users within the enterprise. Typically, this role is assigned to people who are responsible for administration of Cloud services for a specific group.

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • An Enterprise

Requires

User details including email for person who will use this account

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin
2. Select a specific Enterprise
3. In the "Users" pane click + to add the new user
4. Select the default role "ENTERPRISE_ADMIN"

Advanced tab
5. Enter the user details

Expected results

An Enterprise Admin will be available. This user can manage template libraries and users for the enterprise.

Comments

 

 

Use Case 3.4 - Define enterprise business policy

Use Case 3.4

Define Enterprise Business Policy

Use Case Description

Business policies are used to help manage where Virtual Enterprises can deploy virtual appliances. The Policies include

  • Limits – Resource limits manage overall allocation that can be consumed by the enterprise
  • Permissions – Define what data centers the Enterprise is permitted to deploy into
  • Reservations
  • Restrictions

Pre-requisites

  • Abiquo Management Server
  • Enterprise created

Requires

Limits set based on business agreement with Enterprise holder

Steps

1. Login as SysAdmin
2. Select a specific Enterprise
3. Select edit and select "reservations"
4. Select a datacenter and RACK where a server will be reserved for this enterprise
5. Move one of the available servers to add the server to the 'reserved servers' list.


6. Log in as ANY user NOT in this enterprise (note RACK reserved servers not available).
7. Log in as ANY user in the enterprise with the reserved server.

Expected results

The reserved hardware is only available to the users in the enterprise that has been allocated the reservation of the hardware.

Comments

Note that you can also set a 'Load Level' Datacenter allocation rule to oversubscribe the resource (i.e. 200% CPU = double the amount of physical CPUs)

Reserve hardware BEFORE the enterprise deploys in the cloud

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