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Manual Chapter: OpenStack Cloud Integration
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About OpenStack servers

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.

Creating an OpenStack application server

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.

  1. Log in to BIG-IQ Cloud with your tenant user name and password.
  2. Hover on the Servers header, and click the + icon when it appears. The panel expands to display fields for the new server details.
  3. From the Cloud Connector list, select OpenStack.
  4. From the Network Interface list, select the interface from which you are accessing the server. The Address field populates with the IP address of the virtual machine in the OpenStack network.
  5. In the Name field, type a name for this application server.
  6. From Image ID list, select the OpenStack virtual machine image.
  7. In the OpenStack Flavor field, type the name of the OpenStack flavor that you received from OpenStack. A flavor is an available hardware configuration for this server. Each flavor has a unique combination of disk space and memory capacity.
  8. Click the Save button.
You can now deploy applications to the server you created.
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