Abiquo supports vCloud Director using the public cloud interface. vCD is a self-contained cloud with an endpoint for access and an API to manage it, so although vCD can be a private or public cloud, it best fits the public cloud model in Abiquo. Abiquo works with vCloud organizations as Abiquo public cloud regions.
Configure vCloud Director with properties. See Abiquo Configuration Properties#vcd
By default the platform configures a private network connection to allow outgoing VDC traffic in vCloud Director via edge-uplink with the abiquo.vcd.parentnetwork property. You can remove this connection.
You can change the number of IPs to use for load balancers, which by default is 20.
You can configure the type of metrics to use
You can tune timeouts for your environment
To display vCloud Director regions in groups by endpoint, configure the UI to group public cloud regions by provider
To add vCloud Director to Abiquo, the basic steps are as follows:
For complete instructions, see VMware vCloud Director
When the system administrator adds a new organization in vCloud, this will create a new organization vDC.
To add the org vDC in Abiquo:
The platform offers these vCloud Director and Abiquo features in the private cloud integration using vCloud API.
vCloud Director Feature
Configure and remove VMs
Using CPU and RAM values or Abiquo hardware profiles.
For VMs deployed in vCloud, you can always change the configuration when the VM is powered off.
Hot reconfigure VMs
If your OS supports hot-reconfigure and if it is enabled for your VM template on vCloud. Edit the template and select the hot-reconfigure option. You can use this feature without redeploying your VMs. The platform supports hot-reconfigure of CPU, RAM, SCSI disks, and NICs.
Power on VM
Power off VM
Pause and resume VM
Take a VM snapshot
Click on the Abiquo eye icon to open a remote console
Users of the platform can work with vCloud networks as follows:
Configure external connections for private networks
Onboarding external networks
Administrators can create NAT networks for public cloud regions and users can manage NAT rules for their VMs. The platform does not discover or onboard NAT networks.
The platform does not onboard or manage static routes for vCloud networks.
Synchronize vCD regions and and manage VDCs. When you remove a virtual datacenter from vCloud and it still exists in platform, when synchronizing, an error is displayed that the resource no longer exists. The user can then manually delete the VDC from the platform.
Classic firewalls and firewall policies
Use Chef attributes
|VM bootstrap scripts||Using cloud-init, see Guest setup|
|VM variables||Using cloud-init, see Guest setup|
Create load balancers in the platform. Use public addresses that are on an available external network in vCD
|Import and synchronize VMs|
When you onboard a VM, the platform creates a placeholder template. In the Apps library, this template will be marked as Unavailable because it cannot be used to create a VM. Before you undeploy the VM you MUST create an Instance template, which will clone the VM disks. Otherwise, you will not be able to recreate the VM. When you undeploy an onboarded VM, the platform will destroy the VM and the placeholder template. After you create an instance template, the platform will update the VM template in the Apps library to point to this template and put it in the Available state. The platform will correctly save VMs with multiple disks as templates in the vCloud registry, but they will appear to have a single disk. If you undeploy a VM with a saved instance template, when you deploy the VM again, the platform will use the saved instance template. Remember to check your VM configuration
|VM monitoring and metrics||Abiquo retrieves the built-in metrics. You can also use Abiquo collectd plugin, which can be installed using the Abiquo Chef cookbook. See Collectd plugin documentation|
|Manage VM templates||-|
|Abiquo autoscaling||Driven by action plans, triggered by schedules or alarms|
|Abiquo alarms and alerts|
|Abiquo action plans||Create vertical and horizontal auto-scaling|
|Abiquo hardware profiles||You can use Abiquo hardware profiles or CPU and RAM values|
|Abiquo VApp spec blueprints||Save configurations and share them with users in appropriate locations|