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Resource Manager Overview

Introduction

The Stratoss™ Lifecycle Manager (LM) provides open integration of external virtual and physical resources to be assembled with others into complete services. While orchestrating Assemblies, LM leverages a set of one or more external Resource Managers (RM) through their northbound APIs to orchestrate the lifecycles of the managed resource instances deployed to Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIMs). The Resource Managers are responsible for communicating with VIMs to request actions on cloud infrastructure compute, storage and network resources in support of deployed resource instances lifecycles.

The role of the Resource Manager

As stated, the Lifecycle Manager uses a Resource Manger to communicate and perform lifecycle transitions for resources through a VIM. This allows the LM to abstract both the specifics of communicating with a given VIM and the execution of given commands. Thus an RM may exist to cater for a specific VIM type or for a scripting type for example. It is also possible to deploy RMs to cater for specific VIM instances rather than types. This may be done to either manage capacity or indeed for security reasons.

It is possible to register any number of RMs with LM though a given RM should only be registered once. An RM is uniquely identified in LM with its name though from a registration perspective it is defined by its URL. Thus an RM cannot be added if its URL is already associated with an existing RM.

Resource Descriptors

A Resource Descriptor is ultimately present in both LM and the RM. However the RM is considered the master and LM retrieves the descriptors from the RM.

On onboarding of an RM, via an action on the UI and as a result of a push of a resource to the RM via LMCTL, LM will refresh its inventory of resources (descriptors) for a given RM keeping its descriptors in sync. This is important to ensure that both the set of properties and the set of Lifecycle Transitions/Operations are matched between the RM and LM.

RM Installation Considerations

An RM must be installed in the same namespace as the LM to which it is being connected. This is to ensure security is maintained with the internal hostname based certificates generated during the install.

Onboarding/Registration of a Resource Manager

LM needs to be made aware of the existence of an RM, to do so it must be Onboarded/Registered.