Make Federated Zone Private


This document applies to sellers. Otherwise refer to the Buyers or Users sections of this guide.




With OnApp it is also possible to provide your cloud infrastructure only to selected buyers. For this, you can use the functionality of making a federated zone private. If a zone is private, only the specified buyers will be able to access this zone. The other buyers will not see the private zones in the list of federated resources. When adding a private zone, you also set your own pricing for the zone's resources. If a zone is made public, it will be supplied to the market for general consumption and all buyers will be able to see the zone and subscribe to it.

Should you require, you can make a zone private either immediately when adding a zone to Federation, or at any time later after you publish the zone. Note that a private zone cannot be switched to public.


Making Zone Private Workflow



This diagram displays the steps you need to perform to make a federated zone private.



Make Zone Private




To restrict the federated zone usage to a limited number of buyers after the zone was added to Federation, switch a published zone to private:

  1. Go to your Control Panel >AdminSettings > Compute Zones menu.
  2. Click the Actions button next to a required zone and select Make private. You will be asked for confirmation before the zone is switched to private.


When you switch a public zone to private:

  • The buyers who have previously subscribed to the zone will remain subscribed. All virtual servers created previously on this zone will continue to exist.
  • Only those buyers who have a trust token will be able to subscribe to the zone.

After you make a zone private you need to generate trust token(s) for the appropriate buyer(s) so that they could subscribe to your zone.


Generate Trust Token




To enable your customers view and subscribe to your private federated zone, you need to generate a trust token and provide it to your buyers. If you wish to supply a private zone to more than one buyer, you have to generate a new trust token. To generate a token:

  1. Go to Control Panel > AdminSettings > Compute Zones and click the label of the private federated zone.
  2. In the Tools menu, choose the Manage tokens option.
  3. The page that loads shows the list of your generated tokens for this zone. Click the "+" icon to generate a new token.
  4. Fill in the receiver of the token and click Generate.
  5. On the following page, you will see the list of trust tokens you have requested with the indication whether they were used or not. To see the new token you need to supply to the buyer, reload the page. The token can be used only once.

 

If the token is no longer required, you can delete it:

  1.  Go to Control Panel > AdminSettings > Compute Zones and click the label of the private federated zone.
  2. In the Tools menu, choose the Manage tokens option.
  3. The page that loads shows the list of your generated tokens for this zone. Click the Delete icon next to the token you want to remove. You will be asked for confirmation before the token is deleted.

If you delete a trust token before it is used, the buyer you forwarded this token to, will not be able to use it.


Configure Prices


After you switch the zone from public to private you can set your own prices for the zone's resources. To set your prices you need to edit the zone's billing plan:

  1. Go to Control Panel > AdminSettings > Compute Zones.
  2. Click the label of the required zone. The page that loads shows the details of your federated zone.
  3. Click the zone's billing plan label displayed in the Being sold field.
  4. On the page that loads, click the name of the billing plan in the Being sold field.
  5. Edit limits and pricing for compute zone(s), data store zone(s) and network zone(s). For more information, refer to the corresponding sections of the Set Billing Plan Prices And Resource Limits page.

After you change the pricing for the zone, the price will apply for all your buyers, including those who have subscribed to the zone when it was public. Subscribed buyers will receive a notification that the prices for federated resources have changed.