This page describes the platform networks that the system administrator configures in the infrastructure and the cloud networks created within the Abiquo platform.
Management Network: used by the Abiquo platform components to manage the virtual resources. It connects the Abiquo Server and Abiquo Remote Services to the hypervisors that they manage. The platform also monitors infrastructure and VMs on this network. And it also deploys VM templates over this network.
These networks are shown in the following network topology diagram
In datacenters, cloud networks are the virtual networks that administrators configure to deliver self-service IP addresses to the VMs.
The cloud network types supported by Abiquo are as follows:
For more detailed descriptions of each network, please see Cloud networks
The external, unmanaged, and public networks may be collectively referred to as 'datacenter networks' because they are managed at the Abiquo datacenter level.
In private cloud, you can use standard networking or software defined networking (SDN). In public cloud and cloud providers, Abiquo supports provider networking options.
In private cloud with standard networking, cloud networks are VLANs in the 'service network' that runs on the Abiquo platform networks.
For each datacenter, the network administrator should design the configuration (e.g. VLAN tags, switches, SDN) that will be required.
For standard networks, the administrator must configure the cloud platform switches to support the VLANs that make up the service network.
When using standard networking you can configure VM IP addresses using DHCP or guest setup. The default configuration is the DHCP server installed by Abiquo but you can also provide your own DHCP server. If a DHCP server is not found, Abiquo uses guest setup with cloud-init and hypervisor tools, requiring compatible templates, or a custom guest setup method.
Abiquo supports many different public cloud providers with different types of networking. In AWS, Abiquo onboards VPCs, and creates VPCs with NAT support, and Abiquo manages Elastic IPs. In OpenStack private cloud regions, you can use Neutron.