BIG-IQ Cloud provides you with the tools to manage VMware resources required to deliver highly available applications. Management tasks include discovering and creating BIG-IP devices running in the private cloud. You can use this feature to accommodate seasonal traffic fluctuations by periodically adding and subtracting devices and application servers as needed. Additionally, you can provide NSX users access to self-deployable iApps through VMware integration.
The tasks you perform to set up and configure BIG-IQ devices to manage BIG-IP system traffic in a VMware NSX version 6.1 network, use both the BIG-IQ software user interface and the VMware NSX user interface. There is also a task for which you can have greater control and flexibility using a REST API call to the NSX API. This optional task is included at the end of the task sequence.
In most production environments, data plane and control plane traffic are segregated for security reasons. To accomplish this topology, the network management for all devices is on the control plane subnet.
There are several setup tasks that you must perform before you can begin to configure the BIG-IQ VMware-NSX integration to a BIG-IP VE device.
BIG-IQ software's NSX integration supports provisioning of a BIG-IP VE instance to provide load-balancing services in the context of an NSX Edge.
VMware NSX uses a Runtime Deployment to specify parameters for BIG-IP virtual devices provisioned using a BIG-IQ software connection. Node templates simplify the task of specifying the parameters for the Runtime Deployment. This task uses the Create node template API to create a node template. The BIG-IQ system and NSX integration uses this template when it provisions new BIG-IP virtual devices.