Abiquo manages VMware vCloud Director as part of the hybrid cloud platform, and this page describes the features and management model
You can create a public cloud region for use by many organizations with one vDC or one organization with multiple vDCs.
To enable many organizations to use the same public cloud region, with one organization virtual datacenter per tenant, enter administrator (system) credentials to register the provider virtual datacenter as the public cloud region.
To allow only one organization to use the public cloud region, enter the organization credentials.
Before you begin, see features and configuration at VMware vCloud Director
To create a public cloud region for VMware vCloud Director:
To enable enterprises to work in the region:
By default VMware vCloud Director works with CPU and RAM values and administrators can activate Abiquo hardware profiles as in private cloud. See Hardware profiles.
When the platform onboards a virtual datacenter, it can onboard the VMs into a single Abiquo VApp or multiple VApps, depending on the enterprise properties of each tenant.
For instructions on how to set an enterprise property, see Manage Enterprises#Entertenantdetailsandmetadata
When searching for templates, to retrieve templates from the enterprise's vCD organization, select the private checkbox. To retrieve templates from other organizations, select the public checkbox.
The platform can manage templates that have multiple disks, but it will display one disk only with the total size of all disks. The user can deploy multi-disk templates, add and remove additional hard disks, and create instances.
Administrators can select hot-reconfigure options for their templates if the vCD operating system and template supports these options. They can also select the network driver, which by default is now VMXNET3.
Abiquo onboards and synchronizes the virtual datacenters and networks of a vCD organization.
Users in Abiquo can work with VMware vCloud Director networks as follows:
External networks outside the Org VDC but connected to the Edge, for use by load balancers but not VM vNICs
External networks outside the Org VDC with a direct connection to OrgVDC as OrgVDCNetwork
Isolated Org VDC networks, for use by VM vNICs but not load balancers
Administrators can create NAT networks for public cloud regions and users can manage NAT rules for their VMs.
The platform does not onboard or manage static routes for VMware vCloud Director networks.
Screenshot: Selecting a vCD virtual appliance to onboard as an Abiquo virtual datacenter.
Screenshot: The user has created a private network in the VDC
The user can onboard Edge firewalls as Abiquo classic firewalls. In VMware vCloud Director, classic firewalls can span vApps, so to access these firewalls in the platform, select All VDCs, then select the VMware vCloud Director region.
The classic firewalls support TCP and UDP protocols, and with a source or destination that can be an IP, a range of IPs, or “any”. See Manage classic firewalls.
The integration manages firewalls on private and external networks.
The administrator can create a NAT network using an external network that is connected to the orgVdc Edge gateway or a subnet of this network. Note that the platform does not detect NAT configurations in VMware vCloud Director so the administrator must provide appropriate values to prevent errors in the virtual datacenters.
You can then obtain NAT IPs for your virtual datacenters and create NAT rules for your VMs. The platform will automatically create a firewall rule for each NAT rule. To display this rule, the user will need to synchronize the classic firewall. The platform does not create a default SNAT rule for the virtual datacenter as in the NSX NAT integration so users should create SNAT rules in their VMs.
When the virtual datacenter (VMware vCloud Director vApp) has an external (fenced) connection through an Edge gateway, users can create firewall policies in their virtual datacenter and assign them to their VMs.
The user can onboard and create load balancer policies. In VMware vCloud Director, load balancers can span vApps, so to access all load balancers in the platform, select All VDCs and then select the VMware vCloud Director region.
The integration creates load balancers on external networks.
For OrgVDC networks created using Abiquo, an initial limitation is that you can only use the gateway address for load balancers.
When you onboard VMs, the platform creates a placeholder template for each VM, but this template is unavailable, which means that the user cannot undeploy and deploy the VM again from it.
To create a standard VM template for the VM, before you undeploy, power off and create an instance template to clone the VM disks. The platform will automatically assign the VM to the new template, and the user can then undeploy and redeploy the VM.
Users can create VMs using VM templates registered in the platform from the VMware vCloud Director registry.
Users can add IPs and select firewalls and load balancers for their VMs.
Users can create additional disks and attach and detach additional disks from their VMs, and for SCSI disks they can do this with hot reconfigure. Users can resize disks if their organization virtual datacenter is not using the fast provisioning. Users cannot change the boot sequence or the bus/unit number, but the platform will recognize changes made directly in vCD. Hard disks belong to one VM only and you cannot reuse them in another VM.
Notes about creating a VM from a template with multiple disks
Abiquo creates VMs within an Abiquo virtual datacenter and Abiquo virtual appliance.
Abiquo can provide internet access or external access from private networks through an external network.
Users can create Abiquo instance templates from VM disks.
The user can request a remote console, by clicking the console button, and the platform will open it using WebMKS. See Branding WMKS.