vCloud Director Edge Servers

Starting with OnApp 5.4 version, the edge servers functionality is applicable for users with vCloud Director integration.


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Prerequisites


vCloud edge server cannot be created if OnApp has not been configured properly. Please make sure you have completed the following steps:

  • Add vCloud resources such as Compute, Datastore and Network zones to a CDN-enabled location group
  • Have at least one backup server running in the cloud
  • Download OnApp CDN Appliance template with "vCloud" virtualization type under OnApp system administrator
  • The CP's "data" folder should be mounted via NFS as "/data" at the Backup server
  • An Edge Server should be provisioned under a user from vCloud organization 
  • In order to do that, following permissions must be assigned to the correspondent user role:
    • Show Compute Zones on VirtualServer creation
    • Build/rebuild user's own edge servers
    • Create a new edge server
  • A public IPv4 address should be assigned to the CDN Edge Server


Create vCloud Director Edge Server


To create a new vCloud edge server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > CDN > Edge Servers menu.
  2. On the screen that appears, click the Create Edge Server button or press the "+" button.

  3. Fill in the edge server creation form step by step:

Step 1 of 4. Locations

The Cloud Locations step applies to those users who have compute zones assigned to location groups in their bucket.

If the user's bucket has several compute zones, some of which are assigned to location groups, whereas others are not - the cloud locations screen will not be available in the wizard.  Also if there is only one location this step will be skipped. In this case the wizard will start with the Properties step.

Indicate your edge server's cloud location:

  • Country -  choose the country, where the cloud is located, from the drop-down menu.
  • City - specify the city, where the cloud is located, from the drop-down menu.

Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard to specify the edge server properties.


Step 2 of 4. Properties

  • Give your edge server a label. The label can consist of:

    Lower- & upper-case letters [A-Za-z]
    Digits [0-9]
    Dash [ - ]
    Underscore [ _ ]
    Space character [ ]
    At sign [@]
    Brackets [ (){} ]
    Slashes [/]
    Caret [^]
    Dollar sign [$]
    Asterisk [*]
    Comma [,]
    Dot [.]

  • Select an edge server type: HTTP or streaming

    A third party application - Wowza will be installed automatically when installing a streaming edge server and additional charges will apply. Please, contact your account manager for details.

  • Move the Add to Marketplace slider to the right to submit this server to the OnApp CDN marketplace. If so, the minimum required disk size is 1 TB.
  • Click Next.

 
Any servers you submit will be assessed before they are accepted into the marketplace. Criteria include geographic location, bandwidth and server specs.

If your cloud has sufficient resources, but the Next button is dimmed during server creation, the reason might be a browser issue. For more information, refer to our Knowledge base article.



Step 3 of 4. Resources

Compute Resources

  • Compute Zone - the compute zone to build the edge server on.

  • User group - select the organization from the drop-down menu
  • Vdc - select vCloud resource pool from the drop-down menu

Resources

  • RAM - set the amount of edge server's RAM. The recommended RAM amount is at least 512 MB. 
  • CPU Cores - set the amount of edge server's CPU cores. For KVM compute resources, this parameter sets CPU sockets by default, unless CPU topology is enabled.

Primary Disk

  • Data Store - choose a data store for edge server's primary disk.

Network Configuration

  • Network - choose a network from the drop-down box.

Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard that completes the edge server creation process.


Step 4. Confirmation

    • Move the Build Edge Server Automatically slider to the right if you want the system to automatically build the edge server. Otherwise, you will have to build your server manually after it is created.

    4. Click Create Edge Server.