Add a Cloud

To add a new cloud, from the Workload Manager or Cost Optimizer UI, navigate to the admin menu and select the Clouds tab. This brings you to the Clouds page as shown in the figure below. If you or another admin in your tenant have already added clouds to your tenant, they will be listed here. Click the Add Cloud link in the upper right.

After clicking Add Cloud, the Add Cloud dialog box is displayed as shown in the figure below.

You must enter a cloud name and select a cloud provider. If the cloud provider you selected supports multiple regions, the Next button is enabled. Click Next.

If you select a single region cloud provider, such as VMware vCenter or Kubernetes, a new data entry field appears at the bottom of the dialog box called Region Endpoint, as shown in the figure below. You must enter the url of the cloud API endpoint in this field before the Next button is enabled. When done click Next.

Note: For a Kubernetes cloud, the API endpoint URL can be obtained by running the kubectl cluster-info command against that cluster.


After clicking Next in either of the above two scenarios, you are brought to the second page of the Add Cloud dialog box: the Connectivity Settings page. There are three variations of this page: 


VM-based Private Cloud Connectivity Settings

If you are adding a VM-based private cloud (such as VMware vCenter or OpenStack), the Connectivity Settings page appears as shown in the figure below.

Two toggle switches are displayed: 

  • Cloud Endpoint Directly Accessible
  • Worker VMs Directly Connect with CloudCenter

Both toggles are set to Yes by default.  You would change the Cloud Endpoint Directly Accessible toggle to No if firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from accessing the single cloud API endpoint for vCenter, or any of the cloud region API endpoints for OpenStack. If firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from receiving connections from worker VMs in any of the target cloud regions, change the Worker VMs Directly Connect with CloudCenter toggle to No. If either toggle is set to No, you will need to install the Cloud Remote component in the same network as the target cloud region. See Cloud Remote (Conditional) for more details.

Changing the first toggle to No causes the Worker VMs Directly Connect with CloudCenter toggle to be set to No and greyed out, as shown in the figure below. This is because when Cloud Remote is installed in a VM-based cloud region all worker VMs must communicate to the CloudCenter Suite cluster through Cloud Remote.  


Whenever the Worker VMs Directly Connect with CloudCenter toggle is set to No, a third toggle appears: CloudCenter Directly Accessible from Cloud Remote. Change this toggle to No if firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from receiving connections from Cloud Remote in any of the target cloud regions. This means that the CloudCenter Suite cluster will initiate connections to the Cloud Remote in each region.

Click Done to save the configuration and close the dialog box.  This brings you back to the Clouds page and the cloud you just created will be added to the bottom of the list on the left side of the page.

If you created a vCenter cloud, the Clouds page will appear as shown in the figure below.

Next step for a vCenter cloud: Click the Configure Cloud link and follow the instructions in Shared 5.1 Configure a Region.

If you created an OpenStack cloud, the Clouds page will appear as shown in the figure below.

Next step for OpenStack Cloud: Click the Add Region button on the right side of the screen and follow the instructions in Shared 5.1 Add a Region.

VM-based Public Cloud Connectivity Settings

If you are adding a VM-based public cloud (such as AWS, GCP or Azure), the Connectivity Settings page appears as shown in the figure below.

Note that the Cloud Endpoint Directly Accessible toggle is missing. This is because all public clouds must make their region API endpoints publicly accessible.

Set the Worker VMs Directly Connect with CloudCenter toggle to No if firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from receiving connections from worker VMs in any of the target cloud regions. This means you will be deploying the Cloud Remote component for regions in this cloud. See Cloud Remote (Conditional) for more info on installing Cloud Remote. If you set this toggle to No, the page updates and the CloudCenter Directly Accessible from Cloud Remote toggle is displayed as shown in the figure below. 

Set the second toggle to No if firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from receiving connections from Cloud Remote in any of the target cloud regions. This means that the CloudCenter Suite cluster will initiate connections to the Cloud Remote in each region.

Click Done to save the configuration and close the dialog box.  This brings you back to the Clouds page. The cloud you just created is added to the bottom of the list on the left side of the page as shown in the figure below.

Next step for public clouds: Click the Add Region button on the right side of the page and follow the instructions in Shared 5.1 Add a Region.

Kubernetes Cloud Connectivity Settings

If you are adding a Kubernetes cloud, the Connectivity Settings page appears as shown in the figure below.

Set the Cloud Endpoint Directly Accessible toggle to No If firewall rules prevent the Kubernetes API endpoint from receiving connections from the CloudCenter Suite cluster. This means you will be deploying the Cloud Remote component for this cloud in an environment that has access to the Kubernetes API endpoint. See Cloud Remote (Conditional) for more info on installing Cloud Remote. If you set this toggle to No, the page updates and the CloudCenter Directly Accessible from Cloud Remote toggle is displayed as shown in the figure below. 


Set the second toggle to No if firewall rules prevent the CloudCenter Suite cluster from receiving connections from Cloud Remote. This means that the CloudCenter Suite cluster will initiate connections to the Cloud Remote in this region.

Click Done to save the configuration and close the dialog box.  The Clouds page will appear as shown in the figure below.

Next step: Click the Configure Cloud link and follow the instructions in Shared 5.1 Configure a Region.


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