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For an overview and for a guide to the general features of virtual datacenter networking, see Manage Networks

Abiquo enables you to manage networking and create hybrid cloud networking with public cloud providers that support networking, such as AWS and Azure. 

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Synchronize networks

 This feature onboards network elements that were previously created outside Abiquo in public cloud providers. Synchronize private networks is available in AWS and Azure ARM.

You can synchronize the following elements:

  • Virtual datacenters with automatic synchronization of all network elements
  • Private networks and IPs
  • Public IPs

To import all networks created previously in the cloud provider, click the synchronize element button above the Networks list. From v4.0.2, the platform onboards IP addresses that do not belong to virtual machines and IP addresses in use by other entities. When you onboard virtual datacenters, the synchronize virtual datacenters feature will automatically onboard their networks. The network name will be the cloud provider network ID. 

When working in Abiquo, DO NOT DELETE networks directly in the provider because this may cause inconsistency. The synchronization process is designed to onboard public cloud elements, especially when you begin to work with a public cloud provider

 

AWS private networks

In AWS, a private network will always be a VPC Subnet (Virtual Private Connect network), with a name in the format vpc-XXXXXXXX:subnet-XXXXXXXXXX. AWS private networks are assigned to Availability Zones, are a high availability feature that enable users to control whether virtual machines will deploy together or separately. You can choose the availability zone when creating an Abiquo custom private network in AWS. Then you can choose to deploy in a specific Availability Zone by assigning a private IP address in the private network belonging to that Availability Zone.

Amazon may charge for Elastic IP addresses as soon as you reserve them for your virtual datacenter. Therefore you should reserve your IP addresses just before you deploy and check they are deleted when you undeploy your virtual machines.

To find out which Availability Zone a network belongs to, select the network and look in the network details box at the bottom of the Networks page. When you assign a load balancer to a private subnet, AWS will assign it one of the available private IP addresses and Abiquo will register that this address is in use by the load balancer and not available.

 

Add public IP addresses in public cloud

Floating public IP addresses are available in many cloud providers, including AWS and Azure. Abiquo public IPs are Elastic IPs in AWS. Abiquo will manage them in the same way as other public IPs.

To add a public IP address to your virtual datacenter do these steps:

  1. Select a virtual datacenter in your public cloud region
  2. Click the add button  in the top right corner of the PUBLIC IPs page
  3. Click an IP address to allocate it to your public cloud region
    • Abiquo will check your location (enterprise-public cloud region) limits for public IPs
  4. To add the public IP to a VDC, click the Add to VDC link near the IP addres
    • Abiquo will check your virtual datacenter limits for public IPs
Synchronize public IP addresses with the cloud provider

To onboard any public IP addresses that were already created in your cloud provider, click the Synchronize public IPs button.

Release a floating public IP address

To remove the public IP address, first remove it from the virtual machine. Then to remove the public IP address from the VDC, click the Remove from VDC link near the IP address. The IP address will move to the panel on the right. Select the IP address in the list and click the delete button.

 

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