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Manual Chapter: BIG-IQ Cloud Overview
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Overview: BIG-IQ Cloud

As a cloud administrator, you use BIG-IQ Cloud to customize F5 iApps to supply tenants with self-service access to resources, including servers, storage, applications, and services. You can also easily create one configuration and distribute it to multiple tenants, reducing setup time for your users. Tenants can access these optimized resources without having to perform complicated network tasks, ensuring the accuracy of complex traffic management configurations.

BIG-IQ Cloud also easily integrates with cloud service providers, like Amazon EC2 and VMware products. Depending on the application requirements and traffic volume, you can use your local cloud resources, public cloud resources, or a hybrid of both. In this way, you can easily expand and reallocate resource as needed, without requiring you purchase more equipment.

Additional resources and documentation for BIG-IQ Cloud

You can access all of the following BIG-IQ system documentation from the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at http://support.f5.com/.

Document Description
BIG-IQ Virtual Edition Setup BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) runs as a guest in a virtual environment using supported hypervisors. Each of these guides is specific to one of the hypervisor environments supported for the BIG-IQ system.
BIG-IQ Systems: Licensing and Initial Configuration This guide provides the network administrator with basic BIG-IQ system concepts and describes the tasks required to license and set up the BIG-IQ system in their network.
BIG-IQ Cloud: Cloud Administration This guide contains information to help a cloud administrator manage cloud resources, devices, applications, and tenants (users).
BIG-IQ Cloud: Tenant User Guide This guide contains information to help tenants manage applications.
BIG-IQ Device: Device Management This guide provides details about how to deploy software images, licenses, and configurations to managed BIG-IP devices.
Release notes Release notes contain information about the current software release, including a list of associated documentation, a summary of new features, enhancements, fixes, known issues, and available workarounds.
Solutions and Tech Notes Solutions are responses and resolutions to known issues. Tech Notes provide additional configuration instructions and how-to information.

About the BIG-IQ system user interface

The BIG-IQ system interface is composed of panels. Each panel contains objects that correspond with a BIG-IQ system feature. Depending on the number of panels and the resolution of your screen, some panels are collapsed on either side of the screen. You can cursor over the collapsed panels to locate the one you want, and click the panel to open. To associate items from different panels, click on an object, and drag and drop it onto the object to which you want to associate it.

Filtering for associated objects

The BIG-IQ system helps you easily see an object's relationship to another object, even if the objects are in different panels.
  1. In a panel, click the object on which you want to filter. The selected object name displays in the Filter field, and the screen refreshes to display unassociated objects as unavailable.
  2. To further filter the objects displayed, you can type one additional object in the Filter field, and click the Apply button.
  3. To display only those objects associated with the object you selected, click the Apply button. The screen refreshes and the objects previously displayed in a gray font do not appear. Only objects associated with the object you click display, and the object you selected displays below the Filter field.
  4. To remove a filter, click the x icon next to the object that you want to remove, below the Filter field.

Customizing panel order

You can customize the BIG-IQ system interface by reordering the panels.
  1. Click the header of a panel and drag it to a new location, then release the mouse button. The panel displays in the new location.
  2. Repeat step 1 until you are satisfied with the order of the panels.
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