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Manual Chapter: Tenant Self-Service Application Deployment and Monitoring
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About cloud tenant self-service application deployment

Cloud service providers customize iApps application templates based on your needs as a cloud tenant. For example, they specify such things as an IP address for a virtual server, identify hosts and server pools, set connection limits, and so forth. This customization eliminates the need for you to perform complicated networking tasks, and ensures that your settings are optimized. BIG-IQ Cloud provides these customized applications as catalog items to you. When these applications are associated with you as a tenant, you have the option to further modify the application as required, and deploy it as needed.

Deploying applications as a cloud tenant

Before you can deploy and use an application, your cloud service provider must add you as a user and a tenant, and associate you with at least one application.
When a cloud administrator adds you as a cloud tenant user, they contact you with the details about the resources to which you have access. These resources are provided as an application template. As a cloud tenant user, you can further customize these applications and deploy them.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ Cloud with your tenant user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Cloud.
  3. Hover on the Applications header, and click the + icon when it appears.
  4. In the Name field, type a name for this new application.
  5. From the Application Type list, select an application.
  6. From the Cloud Connector list, select the cloud connector associated with where you want to deploy your application.
  7. You can further customize this application by specifying values for displayed settings.
  8. When you are finished, click the Deploy button located on the New Application header.
You can now use this new application, and the server associated with this new application displays in the Server panel.

About creating Amazon EC2 servers

Amazon EC2 cloud servers host the resources that your applications require.

Creating an Amazon EC2 server

Before you can create a new server, the cloud administrator must associate you as a user to an Amazon EC2 cloud connector.

You can create an Amazon EC2 server to host applications on resources managed by Amazon Web Services.

  1. Log in to the BIG-IQ system with your tenant user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Cloud.
  3. Hover on the Servers header, and click the + icon when it appears. The panel expands to display fields for the new server details.
  4. In the AMI ID field, type the identification for the Amazon Machine Image.
  5. In the Key Pair Name field, type the name of an existing EC2 key pair. This step is optional. If you do not provide the name of an existing key pair, BIG-IQ will create one for you.
  6. Click the Save button.
You can now deploy applications to the server you created.

About application monitoring

A tenant can use BIG-IQ Cloud to monitor application health and performance. Health for each application is influenced by multiple factors, including the health of these elements:

  • Connectors
  • Devices that host the application
  • BIG-IQ Cloud placement service (which handles load distribution and elasticity)
  • The application itself
  • The traffic management elements used by the application (virtual servers, pools, pool members, and so forth)

You can monitor application health at these times:

  • When a tenant deploys a new application, its health is based on whether it deploys successfully. If placement fails, the health state is Unhealthy and BIG-IQ Cloud displays error messages to indicate the cause.
  • After a new application is deployed successfully, the health state that BIG-IQ Cloud provides is from the services used in the application.
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