Manual Chapter : How do I deploy a BIG-IQ VE in OpenStack ?
Applies To:Show Versions
BIG-IQ Centralized Management
- 8.3.0, 8.2.0, 8.1.0, 8.0.0
How do I deploy a BIG-IQ VE in OpenStack ?
Before you can deploy a BIG-IQ VE in the OpenStack environment, you must have the following environmental elements in place:
- A tenant (or admin) user account with virtual machine deployment privileges.
- Privileges to create images (that is you must be able to upload QCOW2 files). Contact your system administrator for assistance if your account lacks the requisite permissions.
- Sufficient free remaining computational (CPU, RAM) and disk storage quota for each BIG-IQ VE instance you plan to deploy.
- At least one network, to be used for management access.
- Security groups (firewall rule-sets), for control of inbound and outbound network traffic.
- Pre-defined Flavors (virtual hardware profile definitions).
In addition, you might wish to define the following optional environmental elements:
- Key-pairs, for SSH access (recommended).
- Floating IP addresses, for each tenant network interface that will be externally accessible.
- Additional networks for internal, external, and high-availability traffic as necessary.
Host machine requirements and recommendations
To successfully deploy and run the
BIG-IQVE system, the host system must satisfy minimum requirements.
The host system must include these elements:
- OpenStack on Linux distribution with the native KVM package as its compute (hypervisor) node.The BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix, published onsupport.f5.comidentifies the Linux versions currently supported.
- The OpenStack Horizon DashboardPower users might prefer to use the OpenStack command line or APIs to deploy and configure the BIG-IQ VE. Consult the OpenStack API documentation for your distribution for details on how to use these APIs.
- Connection to a common NTP source (this is especially important for each host in a redundant system configuration).
The hypervisor CPU must meet the following requirements:
- Use a 64-bit architecture.
- Have support for virtualization (AMD-V or Intel VT-x) enabled.
- Support a one-to-one thread-to-defined virtual CPU ratio, or (on single-threading architectures) support at least one core per defined virtual CPU.
- Intel processors must be from the Core (or newer) workstation or server family of CPUs.