You use the BIG-IQ Cloud to centrally manage cloud resources for tenants. Resources can be located on F5 devices in a private cloud on devices in your local network, in a public cloud like Amazon EC2, or in a combination of both.
To provide access to cloud resources, you must make the BIG-IQ system aware of the devices on which the resources reside. You do this by discovering devices. To discover a device, you specify the IP address for the devices. Alternately, for those devices located in the Amazon EC2 public cloud space, BIG-IQ Cloud automatically detects them when BIG-IQ Cloud system connects to the Amazon EC2 cloud.
After you license and perform the initial configuration for BIG-IQ Cloud, you can discover devices on which cloud resources exist. For successful device discovery, you must configure each F5 device you want to manage with a route to the BIG-IQ Cloud system. For devices located in a public Amazon EC2 cloud, you must configure BIG-IQ Cloud with DNS so it can resolve the endpoint by name.
You can discover only BIG-IP devices running version 11.3 or later. BIG-IQ™ Cloud includes both an application delivery controller (ADC) component and an enterprise management component. The ADC component includes support for cloud management and is installed by running a script from BIG-IQ Cloud.
The self-service resources that you provide for your tenants can be located on F5 devices in your local network, or in a public cloud. To provide access to a device's resources, you must make BIG-IQ Cloud aware of the device's existence through the discovery process. To discover F5 devices in your local network, you provide BIG-IQ Cloud with the device's internal self IP address. For devices located in a public cloud, you provide the device's external self IP address.
You must install specific components required by the BIG-IQ system on each BIG-IP device you want to manage. To install these components, you run a series commands from the command line.