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Manual Chapter: Expanding to Additional Cloud Resources
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About cloud bursting

BIG-IQ Cloud provides you, as a cloud provider, a seamless way to manage an anticipated increase in application traffic by directing some of your local traffic to another cloud resource. This is referred to as cloud bursting. These new cloud resources can be located on your private local network, or in a VMware vShield network, or an Amazon EC2 network. When demand falls back into normal parameters, you can redirect all traffic back to your original cloud resource. The elasticity of this process allows you to efficiently manage your resources during periods of increased or decreased traffic to your applications.

Cloud bursting

Before you can direct traffic to an additional cloud resource, you must have provided cloud resources to at least one tenant.
Directing application traffic to an additional cloud resource, or cloud bursting, is an effective way to obtain additional resources that are required only for a set period of time. For example, if you are hosting an application that has a significant increase of traffic only during certain seasons, you can rent public cloud space, and send some of your extra traffic there. When the season is over, you can discontinue use of the public cloud space and move all of your traffic back to your local network. This decreases the seasonal load on your local resources, without requiring you to invest in additional equipment.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ system with the administrator user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Cloud.
  3. Hover on the Catalog header, and click the + icon when it appears.
  4. In the Name field, type a name for this new application.
  5. Unless you want to restrict this application template to a specific cloud connector, leave the Cloud Connector setting as Tenant Selectable so tenants are allowed to select the appropriate cloud connector when they deploy this application.
  6. From the Application Type list, select an application.
  7. If the Application Tiers settings are displayed (expanded), select the options that match the properties for this application; otherwise, keep the default settings. Important: If you must specify the options for these settings, select the Tenant Editable check box for the virtual server and pool members.
  8. Finish making modifications by customizing template variables. To allow a tenant to modify a particular setting, select the Tenant Editable check box for that setting. For further details about template variables and settings, refer to the BIG-IP iApps Developer's Guide.
  9. Click the Save button. You can now send the cloud IP addresses to the tenant and use this IP address range in configuring server tiers and pool members, within certain application services. The tenant can self-deploy the application from the catalog.
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