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Manual Chapter: Local Cloud Resources
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Using a local cloud source

In addition to using public cloud resources, you can also use resources within your own network to extend services to tenants.

Discovering devices

After you have licensed and performed the initial configuration for the BIG-IQ™ Cloud system, you can discover devices in your network. For successful device discovery, each BIG-IP device that you want to manage must be configured with a route to the BIG-IQ Cloud system. To discover BIG-IP systems associated with a Local Cloud connector, use the BIG-IP device's internal self-IP address. For BIG-IP systems located in the Amazon EC2 cloud, discover the BIG-IP device using its external self-IP address. To use an Amazon EC2 connector, you must configure DNS for the BIG-IQ Cloud system so it can resolve the AWS endpoint by name.

The self-service resources that you provide for your tenants can be stored locally on F5 devices in your network. To provide access to a device's resources, you must make the BIG-IQ system aware of the device's existence.

  1. Log into the BIG-IQ™ system using your administrator user name and password.
  2. Click BIG-IQ Cloud.
  3. Hover on the Devices header, and click the + icon when it appears. The New Device panel opens.
  4. In the IP Address field, type the IP address of the managed device that you want to discover.
  5. In the User Name and Password fields, type the administrator user name and password for the managed device.
  6. Click the Add button.
BIG-IQ system populates the properties of the device that you added, and displays the device information in the Devices panel.

Associating a local cloud connector with a device

Before you associate a Local cloud connector with a device, you must discover one or more devices in your network.
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. Hover on the Connectors header and click the + icon when it appears.
  2. From the Cloud Provider list, select Local Cloud.
  3. 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.
  4. From the Devices list, select the device you want to associate with this connector.
  5. To select additional devices to associate with this connector, click the + icon at the right of the list.
  6. Click the Save button at the top of the New Connector header.
You can now discover devices to associate with this connector.
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