Introduction to public cloud integrations
This section introduces the key concepts of the integrations with vCloud Director, AWS, and Azure.
The platform offers user access to virtual datacenters (VDCs) that are separate groups of virtual resources. A VDC has equivalents in each cloud provider, so it gives you a common interface and API to all the providers - see the table below. For example, the platform’s concept of the VDC is equivalent to the VPC in AWS (Amazon). In vCloud Director (vCloud), the VDC is equivalent to a vApp. In ARM Compute (Azure), the VDC is equivalent to a Virtual Network and its associated resources.
Within its VDCs, the platform groups VMs into virtual appliances (VApps). The purpose of the VApp is to enable you to manage a group of VMs together, which means that you can deploy them in one click, or view their metrics together, or create custom metrics for the VApp, for example. You can move VMs from one VApp to another within the same VDC. A VApp is not equivalent to any specific concept in vCloud or public cloud.
In vCloud, the platform supports the onboarding of the following networks:
Configure your user account
All users should configure their user accounts before starting work with the cloud platform.
Edit user details
Create public cloud regions
Control tenant resources
You can control the resources that an enterprise may consume. This will help prevent resource over allocation, enterprises using resources from other enterprises, and even DoS attacks. Allocation limits will also help system administrators to anticipate user needs and forecast resource demand. Hard and soft limits are used by the resource scheduler to decide if a user can deploy a virtual appliance or not.
Enterprise allocation limits are checked during configuration or deploy, or before operations as described in the above table.
When creating allocation limits, you cannot have a hard limit only. And soft limits must always be less than or equal to hard limits. In addition, if the limits are equal to 0, then this means there is no limit to resource usage at this level. See Allocation limit rules.
Allow the tenant to access regions
To set the public cloud regions and datacenters that an enterprise is allowed to access, edit the Enterprise and click the Datacenters tab.
Drag and drop one or more public cloud regions or providers, or datacenters from the left pane into the "Allowed Datacenters" pane on the right.
An enterprise needs access to at least one public cloud region or datacenter so that its users can deploy VMs.
Note: when you create a public cloud region or a datacenter, the platform allows it for your own enterprise automatically. For all other enterprise, the platform adds it to the list in the left pane, which contains "Prohibited datacenters".
Allowed datacenters are working datacenters where users can deploy. This is different to an admin user having administration Scope to administer the infrastructure of datacenter.
Limit tenant resources in the region
You can set resource allocation limits for this enterprise in each allowed datacenter or public cloud region. To set allocation limits, select one of the Allowed Datacenters in the right pane and click the edit button. Set these limit values in the pop-up that opens.
Manage cloud provider credentials
Each tenant should have its own set of API credentials for each provider.
Obtain cloud provider credentials
If the tenant does not have cloud provider credentials, they should follow their cloud provider's instructions on how to obtain access to the provider's API.
Abiquo provides basic guides to obtaining credentials, but the tenant should always consult the cloud provider for the most up-to-date information.
Add tenant credentials for each provider
Before you enter public cloud credentials, there must be an existing public cloud region for the provider.
To add credentials for a public cloud provider
Prepare foundation template library
In the Abiquo Apps Library you can compile a selection of certified public cloud templates for your users to deploy by self-service.
Abiquo will store the details of these templates but not their disks.
Onboard from public cloud
Create virtual datacenters
This section describes how to manage networks in private datacenters and public cloud providers.
Manage virtual machines
This section describes the tasks that may be performed by the cloud user.
Edit your user account details
After you log in, you may need to edit your user account to update your details:
Create a VM
Filter templates for creating VMs
Configure a VM before you deploy
Deploy to launch a VM
Introduction to action plans
Automate VM first boot with a configuration or script
To automate the configuration of your VM, edit the VM and on the Bootstrap tab, add a configuration or script that will run with cloud-init. Remember that your VM template must be compatible with cloud-init version 0.7.9 or above, and for Windows systems this will be a Cloudbase-Init template.
Add variables for the configuration of your VM
To add variables for use by cloud-init configurations or scripts, edit the VM and on the Variables tab, add the key and value for each variable that will be sent to the VM at deploy time. Remember that your VM template must be compatible with cloud-init version 0.7.9 or above, and for Windows system this will be a Cloudbase-Init template.
Configure Chef Recipes and Roles to automate VM configuration
Chef is an infrastructure automation product that uses configuration recipes. You can use Abiquo Chef Integration to deploy a VM that will then configure itself using Chef recipes and roles on Linux VMs.
The Chef tab will display if your tenant has a Chef configuration and your VM template is compatible with cloud-init.
To add Chef roles and recipes for your VM:
To change the order of the runlist, click on the pencil button beside a role or recipe, then edit the order number, then click OK.
If you change the runlist after deploy, Abiquo will update the Chef server, and your Chef-client recipe can obtain these changes from the Chef server.