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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 public cloud service providers, like Amazon EC2 or VMware vShield. 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.

BIG-IQ Cloud terminology

Before you manage cloud resources, it is important that you understand some common terms as they are defined within the context of the BIG-IQ Cloud.

Term Definition
application templates An application template is a collection of parameters (in the form of F5 iApps templates) that a cloud administrator defines to create a customized configuration for tenants. Cloud administrators add the configured application to a catalog from which a tenant can self-deploy it.
BIG-IQ Cloud The BIG-IQ Cloud system is a tool that streamlines management and access for tenants to services and applications hosted by local and/or cloud-based servers.
cloud administrator Cloud administrators create application templates for tenants to centrally manage access to specific web-based applications and resources.
cloud bursting Cloud bursting is a seamless way for cloud administrators to manage an anticipated increase in application traffic by directing some traffic to another cloud resource. When demand falls back into normal parameters, traffic can be directed back to the original cloud resource. This elasticity allows efficient management of resources during periods of increased or decreased traffic to applications.
cloud connector A cloud connector is a resource that identifies the local or virtual environment in which a tenant deploys applications and, when necessary, adds parameters required by third-party cloud providers.
resources A resource is any object that a cloud administrator manages, including devices, web applications, virtual servers, servers, cloud connectors, and so forth.
roles A role defines specific privileges to which you can associate one or more users. There are two roles for BIG-IQ Cloud: cloud administrator and cloud tenant.
tenant A tenant is an entity that can consist of one or more users accessing resources provided by a cloud administrator.
user A user is an individual who has been granted access to specific tenant resources.

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

Document Description
BIG-IQ Systems: Setup and Getting Started guides 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. The guides provide you with the basic concepts and tasks required to set up your virtual environment and perform initial configuration tasks required to start using the BIG-IQ system.
BIG-IQ Systems: Cloud Management This guide contains information to help you manage cloud resources, applications, and tenants.
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.
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