BIG-IQ Cloud includes a feature that provides you with the tools you need to manage OpenStack private cloud resources. These management tasks include discovering, creating, starting, and stopping BIG-IP VE virtual machines and application servers running in the private cloud.
You can use this feature to accommodate seasonal traffic fluctuations for which you might need to periodically add devices or application servers (referred to as, cloud bursting) or retract devices or application servers.
Before you can manage devices residing in an OpenStack private cloud, you must establish proper communication between the BIG-IQ Cloud and the OpenStack controller node. Generally, this means defining a network route between the BIG-IQ Cloud internal VLAN and the public Internet, or the OpenStack private cloud endpoint.
The BIG-IQ Cloud connector for OpenStack requires that you use the OpenStack Grizzly (2013.1) version of the software. Additionally, the OpenStack installation must use Neuron for networking.
The BIG-IQ Cloud connector for OpenStack parses the OpenStack cloud's network naming convention as follows:
This is important to know, because when you create a new application server in OpenStack through BIG-IQ Cloud, you are allowed to select the internal or external network, but not the management network.
Before you create BIG-IP VE systems in an OpenStack environment, you must edit a file on each OpenStack Compute node. If you do not edit this file, any BIG-IP VE system you configure fails to start.