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BIG-IQ Cloud includes a feature that provides you with the tools you need to manage OpenStack private cloud resources. These management tasks include discovering, creating, starting, and stopping BIG-IP VE virtual machines and application servers running in the private cloud.
You can use this feature to accommodate seasonal traffic fluctuations for which you might need to periodically add devices or application servers (referred to as, cloud bursting) or retract devices or application servers.
Before you can create a new application server, your cloud administrator must associate you as a user to an OpenStack connector. You must know what the OpenStack virtual machine and flavor are assigned to you by OpenStack.
BIG-IQ Cloud must be able to collect statistics to provide server diagnostics to tenants. By default, most OpenStack deployments are configured to disallow data collection. For successful deployment, you must change this option by editing the Nova policy.json file (typically located in the /etc/nova/ directory) and changing the following line: compute_extension:server_diagnostics": "rule:admin_api to compute_extension:server_diagnostics": "rule:admin_or _owner.
You can leverage OpenStack servers to host the resources that your applications require. This eliminates the need for you to purchase and manage hardware and allows you to expand and retract virtual resources as needed.