BIG-IQ Cloud provides you with the tools to manage OpenStack versions 2013.1 (Grizzly) and 2013.2 (Havana) resources required to run applications. Management tasks include discovering BIG-IP VE virtual machines and discovering, creating, starting, and stopping OpenStack application servers running in the private cloud. You can use this feature to accommodate seasonal traffic fluctuations by periodically adding and retracting devices and application servers as needed. Additionally, you can provide tenants access to self-deployable iApps through OpenStack integration.
To provide access to these services for OpenStack tenants, you configure communication between OpenStack products, and BIG-IQ Cloud. Then, you associate an OpenStack cloud connector with a device, and create a catalog entry for a corresponding OpenStack service profile. The tenants to whom you give access to the catalog entry see it in their applications panel. From there, they can use it to self-deploy their own iApps.
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.