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Privilege: Access Infrastructure view

Cloud administrators manage datacenters' physical infrastructure and public cloud regions in Infrastructure view. This cloud infrastructure will be offered to the end user as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. Abiquo offers a multi-datacenter approach, so you can provide virtual infrastructure supported by public clouds and physical infrastructure in different locations.

To access the Infrastructure view, click the Infrastructure button at the top of the screen.

To display the Google Maps you will require an API key. See How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key

Datacenters and public cloud regions

Abiquo defines a datacenter  as a set of IT resources (servers, networking and external storage) in the same physical location. From the Infrastructure view you can manage basic infrastructure elements such as networks, racks and physical machines.  

Abiquo defines a public cloud region as a set of IT resources exposed by a supported cloud provider.



Abiquo uses remote services to manage infrastructure

Remotes Services are applications that perform operations for the Abiquo orchestrator. For example, when you create a volume of external storage in the platform, the orchestrator uses the Storage Manager remote service to communicate with the storage device and request that it create the volume.

The remote services used by Abiquo are described in the following table.

Remote Service


Virtualization Manager

Manages virtual appliance startup and shutdown. Connects to cloud nodes to perform VM operations. Also known as the virtual factory.

Monitor Manager

Performs virtual appliance monitoring. Listens for events occurring in cloud nodes and updates VM state. Also known as the virtual system monitor.

Appliance Manager

Manages the VM templates, appliance library and template repositories.

Discovery Manager

Used to auto-discover physical machines. Retrieves hardware information, hypervisor type, and existing VM information.

Storage Manager

Manages external storage in a standardized way.

Business Process Manager

Performs asynchronous Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) operations, converting VM templates to all hypervisor formats.

DHCP Service

This is the DHCP service used to assign IP addresses and static routes to the Abiquo managed VMs.

DHCPv6 ServiceThis is the DHCP service used to assign IPv6 addresses to the Abiquo managed VMs.
Cloud Provider ProxyManages public cloud regions and is also used in the Neutron integration.

Manage remote services with the API

API Documentation

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

Apps library for datacenters

In datacenters, Abiquo creates self-service for users through the Apps library, which contains VM templates that are ready to deploy. In private cloud, the Apps library is based on an NFS repository and so Abiquo requires one NFS repository for each Abiquo datacenter. 

In public cloud regions, the Abiquo Apps library is a cache of public cloud template details, so no NFS repository is required.


Infrastructure view features

The tabs on the left enable you to Manage Datacenters and Public Cloud Regions.

In the right pane, you can switch views using the tabs in the top-right corner for 1. map, 2. statistics, and 3. details.

Datacenter location map

In Infrastructure view, under the default configuration Abiquo Server has an Internet connection, a datacenters map can be displayed using Google Maps.

Privilege: View datacenter details, Manage infrastructure elements

To move around the map:

  • Zoom in and out using the zoom slider or + and - controls on the top left-hand side of the screen or the mouse. 
  • Move or pan across the map using the arrow controls or the mouse, for example, clicking and dragging to the area of the map that interests you. 
  • Select from Map with optional terrain or Satellite images with optional labels. 
  • It is possible to use Google street view.

When you create datacenters, Abiquo can plot them on the map. If you move the mouse over a datacenter point on the map, Abiquo will display a bubble with its name and location. If you click on a datacenter name in the datacenters list, Abiquo will center the map on that datacenter. If your datacenters are not plotted on the map, see How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key for information about using Google Maps in Abiquo.

View and modify datacenter details

To open a datacenter and view and manage its resources, click on the name in the Datacenters list. You will need the privileges to view datacenters and also to manage infrastructure elements. 

Privilege: View datacenter details, Manage infrastructure elements

  • For tenants to use a datacenter's virtual resources, you must allow them access to the datacenter. To do this, go to Users View and edit the Enterprise, and on the Datacenters tab, configure Allowed datacenters. See Manage Enterprises
  • Allow users to administer a datacenter or public cloud region: by default a cloud admin user can manage all enterprises and datacenters. To restrict administration to a set of datacenters, use administration Scopes. Note that scopes will affect the administration of datacenter resources but not use of datacenter resources. If the user's enterprise is allowed to use a datacenter, the user will be able to deploy in that datacenter, even if they do not have administration privileges for it.


View datacenter statistics

If you have the Display resource usage panel privilege, you can see the statistics view for the datacenters you administer. For a description of the statistics displayed on the resource usage panel, see Infrastructure Statistics

Privilege: Display resource usage panel

To view the resource usage of a datacenter in the right pane, click on a datacenter name in the Datacenters list in the left pane.

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