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Abiquo 4.6

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Privilege: Access Infrastructure view

Cloud administrators manage datacenters' physical infrastructure and public cloud regions in Infrastructure view. This cloud infrastructure will be offered to the end user as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. Abiquo offers a multi-datacenter approach, so you can provide virtual infrastructure supported by public clouds and physical infrastructure in different locations.

To access the Infrastructure view, click the Infrastructure button at the top of the screen.

To display the Google Maps you will require an API key. See How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key

Datacenters and public cloud regions

Abiquo defines a datacenter  as a set of IT resources (servers, networking and external storage) in the same physical location. From the Infrastructure view you can manage basic infrastructure elements such as networks, racks, and physical machines.  

Abiquo defines a public cloud region as a set of IT resources exposed by a supported cloud provider.

The following diagram shows a datacenter with compute resources and a public cloud region in AWS with VPCs.

 

The platform uses remote services to manage infrastructure

Remote Services are applications that perform operations for the Abiquo orchestrator. For example, when you create a volume of external storage in the platform, the orchestrator uses the Storage Manager remote service to communicate with the storage device and request that it create the volume.

The remote services used by Abiquo are described in the following table.

Remote Service

Description

Virtualization Manager

Manages virtual appliance startup and shutdown. Connects to cloud nodes to perform VM operations. Also known as the virtual factory.

Monitor Manager

Performs virtual appliance monitoring. Listens for events occurring in cloud nodes and updates VM state. Also known as the virtual system monitor.

Appliance Manager

Manages the VM templates, appliance library and template repositories.

Discovery Manager

Used to auto-discover physical machines. Retrieves hardware information, hypervisor type, and existing VM information. Also known as node collector

Storage Manager

Manages external storage in a standardized way.

Business Process Manager

Performs asynchronous Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) operations, converting VM templates to all hypervisor formats, and managing template exports.

DHCP Service

Assigns IP addresses and static routes to the VMs managed by the platform.

DHCPv6 ServiceAssigns IPv6 addresses to the VMs managed by the platform.
Remote Access ManagerManages connections to virtual machines for remote access


Manage remote services with the API

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource RemoteServiceDCResource.

Apps library for datacenters

In datacenters, Abiquo creates self-service for users through the Apps library, which contains VM templates that are ready to deploy. In private cloud, the Apps library is based on an NFS repository and so Abiquo requires one NFS repository for each Abiquo datacenter. 

In public cloud regions, the Abiquo Apps library is a cache of public cloud template details, so no NFS repository is required.

Display infrastructure map

In Infrastructure view, under the default configuration, if the Abiquo Server has an Internet connection, the platform can display an infrastructure map using Google Maps. To set the default coordinates, see Configure map defaults. To configure Google Maps in the platform, see How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key

Privilege: Access Infrastructure view, View datacenter details, Manage infrastructure elements


To display the infrastructure map:

  1. Go to Infrastructure → Private or Public
  2. For private cloud, select All or a datacenter
  3. If necessary, click on the map pin symbol in the top right hand corner of the Infrastructure panel

To move around the map:

  • Zoom in and out using the zoom slider or + and - controls on the top left-hand side of the screen or the mouse. 
  • Move or pan across the map using the arrow controls or the mouse, for example, clicking and dragging to the area of the map that interests you. 
  • Select from Map with optional terrain or Satellite images with optional labels. 
  • It is possible to use Google street view.

When you create datacenters, enter map locations and Abiquo will plot them on the map. 

  • To display a bubble with the name and location, move the mouse over a datacenter pin on the map.
  • To center the map on a location, click on a name in the locations list.

If your datacenters do not display as pins on the map, see How to Obtain and Install a Google Maps API Key for information about using Google Maps in Abiquo.

Display infrastructure details

In Infrastructure view, you can manage private cloud infrastructure and display details of tenants in public cloud regions

Privilege: Access Infrastructure view, View datacenter details, Manage infrastructure elements

To display the infrastructure resources:

  1. Go to Infrastructure → Private or Public 
  2. Select a datacenter or public cloud region
  3. If necessary, click on the server symbol in the top right hand corner of the Infrastructure panel
  4. In public cloud, click on a tenant account to display its details

To allow tenants to use virtual resources, grant them access to the datacenter or public cloud region.  See Manage Enterprises and Configure an Enterprise in a Cloud Location

To allow users to administer a restricted set of datacenters or public cloud regions, use administration scopes

  • Note that scopes will affect the administration of datacenter resources but not the use of datacenter resources. If the user's enterprise is allowed to use a datacenter, the user will be able to deploy in that datacenter, even if they do not have administration privileges for it.

Display infrastructure statistics


The platform displays infrastructure statistics and resource usage for private and public cloud. The statistics vary depending on whether the data is for all datacenters or all public cloud regions, or filtered for a specific datacenter or region.

Privilege: Access Infrastructure view, Display resource usage panel

To view the resource usage of a cloud location:

  1. Go to Infrastructure → Private or Public
  2. Select All, or select a datacenter or public cloud region
  3. If necessary, click on the graph symbol in the top right hand corner to display the statistics view

Obtain infrastructure statistics with the API 

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource StatisticsResource.

For a full description of these statistics, see Infrastructure Statistics


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