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Privilege: Manage network elements

This section describes how to manage datacenter networks in Abiquo. It explains the basic datacenter network concepts and links to datacenter network topics. Before you configure your datacenter networks in Abiquo, you should configure the network infrastructure outside of the platform. You will need ranges of VLAN tags and IP addresses for use in the platform. See Network in the Abiquo Infrastructure Guide.

Datacenter Networks

In private cloud, to manage the datacenter networks within Abiquo, click the Infrastructure button  at the top of the main screen and the Private cloud tab. Click on a datacenter in the list, and select the datacenter detail view. In the datacenter pane on the right, click the Network tab.

From the Network tab in Abiquo, you can perform the following configurations:

Virtual networks in Abiquo

  • On the Private tab, the administrator can only view private cloud networks because these networks belong to virtual datacenters (VDCs). See Manage Networks
  • On the External and Public tabs, the administrator can manage datacenter networks
    • External networks are assigned to a single enterprise and they may have public or private IP address ranges that can be used in more than one VDC. See Manage External Networks
    • Unmanaged Networks are a special type of external network with IP addresses that are allocated outside of Abiquo. See Create Unmanaged Networks
    • Public networks enable the users of VDCs to obtain Internet addressable public IP addresses for their virtual infrastructure. See Manage Public Networks 

Networking scenarios

Here are some examples of networking scenarios for private cloud platforms.

Hybrid Cloud Networking

This section describes hybrid cloud networking in key public cloud providers. 

AWS hybrid cloud networking

When you create a VDC, Abiquo creates a virtual private cloud (VPC) with NAT support. This will enable your private networks to access an Internet gateway that will provide NAT services to the VMs in the public cloud region. In addition, you can establish a VPN connection between your private and public datacenters.

Abiquo supports AWS Elastic IPs, which are floating public IP addresses in the platform. Therefore you can also access VMs in a public cloud region through a floating public IP assigned to one of the VMs. From there, you can access the other machines on the VPC private subnet (Private Connect Network).

When you onboard a VPC, the platform will detect NAT support and mark the internet gateway. 

When you create a private network, you can select the AWS Availability Zone. This means that you can configure VMs with NICs in different zones to ensure VM high availability. 

Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud networking

Abiquo virtual datacenters use Azure virtual networks and virtual network subnets. This makes it easy to create hybrid cloud environments, for example, the test environment described in the Microsoft Azure documentation. See https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-networks-setup-hybrid-cloud-environment-testing/ 

To create this test environment in Abiquo, first configure your local subnet following the Azure instructions. Also create the virtual network to extend your local network in Azure. Then using Abiquo, you can easily specify and create the Abiquo virtual datacenter with a subnet of the Azure virtual network. Then you can configure the site-to-site VPN connection following the Azure instructions. And you can use Abiquo to deploy the VM that will be the second domain controller. 

Abiquo creates virtual datacenters and virtual networks in Azure ARM.

In Azure ARM, the Abiquo VM always has a public IP.