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Manual Chapter: Amazon EC2 Cloud Integration
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About Amazon EC2 integration

The built-in EC2 Cloud Connector supports connection between the BIG-IQ™ Cloud and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. The connector gives you the management capability for your EC2 AWS cloud based applications. The EC2 Cloud Connector provides two key features:

  • The EC2 cloud connector can discover BIG-IP® Amazon machine images running in the account.
  • The EC2 cloud connector can discover application servers running in the account.

You can combine these two features to coordinate management-plane changes to a private, public, or hybrid cloud environment. For example, to accommodate traffic fluctuations, you might need to periodically add or subtract BIG-IP devices or application servers to an application. Discovering the necessary resources on the fly makes this bursting support possible.

Network configuration for Amazon EC2 cloud services

BIG-IQ Cloud must have network access to the resources on which Amazon EC2 software is installed for communication purposes. Before you can manage cloud resources, you must define a network route between the BIG-IQ Cloud’s internal VLAN and the public internet, or the Amazon EC2 endpoint. For specific instructions, refer to your Amazon EC2 documentation.

Associating an Amazon EC2 cloud connector with a device and discovering application servers

The self-service resources that your tenants use can be stored remotely in a third party cloud, or locally on F5 devices in your network. Before you can give tenants access to these resources, you must configure a cloud connector. A cloud connector provide two services. First, you can use it to identify a specific set of resources, much like a virtual container, and second it provides integration with third-party cloud services. Associating a cloud connector to a device allows you to segregate cloud resources across data centers. As the cloud service provider, you can create groups of network resources based on certain criteria, such as location or levels of service. You then link a tenant with that cloud connector to deploy tenant-specific cloud and application services.
  1. Log into the BIG-IQ™ system using your administrator user name and password.
  2. Click BIG-IQ Cloud.
  3. Hover on the Connectors header and click the + icon when it appears.
  4. In the Name and Description fields, type a name and description for this connector. You can use the name and description to help you organize network resources into logical groups based on certain criteria, such as the location or application.
  5. From the Cloud Provider list, select Amazon EC2.
  6. From the Devices list, select the device you want to associate with this connector.
  7. To select additional devices to associate with this connector, click the + icon at the right of the list.
  8. In the Region End Point field, type the entry point URL. For example, ec2.us-east-1.amazonaws.com is the region end point for the Amazon EC2 US East (Northern Virginia) Region. 
  9. In the Key ID and Secret Key fields, type the credentials of an EC2 user that can access your account. For security purposes, it is important to specify a user that has Amazon EC2 Read Only Access. BIG-IQ Cloud discovers application servers associated with Amazon EC2 and populates them in the Server panel. If it discovers F5 devices, BIG-IQ Cloud populates them in the Device panel.
  10. Click the Save button at the top of the New Connector header.
You can now add a cloud tenant using this connector and its associated devices.
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