Dynamic Data Center
The following chapters decribe the usage of the Dynamic Data Center product.
Create a DDC
1) Create a new Dynamic Data Center, a virtual data center which allows you to create multiple virtual machines (VMs) and to connect them with extended network capabilities.
2) Type in the name for your new Dynamic Data Center (this is the name that will be stated in the monthly bills).
4) Select the Resource Allocation Model which should apply for this Dynamic Data Center.
Allocation pool model
5) Indicate the quantity of resources (RAM, CU, Storage) that you want to reserve (and which will then be available in vCloud Director for the creation of the virtual machines). Please consider the clarifications in the description to each resource. Choose at least one out of the given Storage Pools.
"Pay as you go" - model
7) Choose at least one out of the given Storage Pools. Please consider the clarifications in the description to each resource.
8) In order to build redundant architectures, you can place your Dynamic Data Center at an alternative site than an existing Dynamic Data Center. Therefore, check the box next to Yes. Then choose the Dynamic Data Center from the drop down, to which the new Dynamic Data Center should relate to, for placement.
Afterwards you will find that information if you click on the info button in the DCS Portal...
... as additional information.
9) If you want to connect your VMs through a managed Firewall/ WAF select this option and provide your contact details. A specialist from Swisscom will contact you to discuss the details of the solution.
10) If you want to limit the amount of RAM and vCPU that are available per Dynamic Data Center, check the box next to Yes.
10.1) Depending on your vCPU performance class (6) the maximum amount of vCPU is already set. But you can set limitations for your Dynamic Data Center if you want to.
11) Choose the type of external private network that you want to connect to your new Dynamic Data Center.
12) If you select LAN-I, you will then need to enter a name for the network and choose which network you want to connect to your Dynamic Data Center. Only the LAN-I networks that have been onboarded will be available when clicking the dropdown menu. If there is a LAN-I network missing in the list, please place a support request (please be aware that there may be costs associated to this service).
13) Choose the type of external public network that you want to connect to your new Dynamic Data Center.
14) If you chose to connect your new Dynamic Data Center to the internet, you need to define a name for the network.
15) Select bandwidth for your Internet connection from the dropdown menu. The following bandwidths are available: 10-1000Mbit/s. If you happen to have higher bandwidth requirements please open a service request.
16) Here, indicate the number of public IP addresses that you want to have available for this data center.
17) If you need more firewall performance, you can upgrade the Edge Gateway to “Full”. You can also choose the Gateway to be set to “High Availability”.
Keep in mind:
- Downgrading to compact version is not possible.
- These options have a price impact.
18) Choose the type of external storage network that you want to connect to your new Dynamic Data Center. If you are not sure which connectivity you need, you can add it later, once the Dynamic Data Center has been created.
19) Review all parameters you have previously filled in during the creation order.
20) Review the overall pricing summary of your order.
21) Check this box if you would like to review the price details of your order before you submit it.
22) Detailed pricing information of your order as well as price information of other additional items.
23) Click on Previous if you want to modify any parameter before submitting your order.
24) Click on Submit Order to submit your order.
After submitting your order, you will see a summary of the main information of your order (also called requisition).
25) The requisition number is the identifier of the order you just submitted. This number will help any Swisscom support agent to identify the actions you were performing in case there are any problems with your order and you need to request for support.
Your order will now appear in the Order History list, in the Order History and Service Status page. You can consult the details of your order any time clicking the Action button on the right.
26) You will receive a confirmation by email the moment your Dynamic Data Center has been successfully created. Please be aware that this action could take up to several minutes.
Modify a DDC
Once you have created a Dynamic Data Center you can modify its parameters (resources reservation, connectivity, snapshot activation, etc.) at any given time. The action of modifying a Dynamic Data Center takes up to several minutes. You will receive a confirmation email once the Dynamic Data Center has been successfully modified.
1) In the main Site Homepage, choose the line that lists the Dynamic Data Center that you want to modify and then click on the second icon (the pencil).
Note: A short pre-check will be performed to gather information about the currently allocated resources. This is to prevent you from reduce resources less than the allocated resources.
Allocation pool model
Pay as you go model 2) This will open a form similar to the one for the creation of a Dynamic Data Center. You can modify any value (quantity of resources, snapshot capability, connectivity). At the end of the ordering process, you will see a summary of the old and new values before you submit the order, as well as the pricing information of the modified Dynamic Data Center.
3) Click on Next to continue the modification.
4) Review the summary of the modifications and the pricing summary of the resulting Dynamic Data Center (this section indicates the pricing after the modifications have been applied).
5) Tick this box if you want to see detailed information of the pricing.
6) Click on Previous if you want to change anything on your order.
7) Click on Submit Order to submit your modification order.
You will receive a confirmation email the moment your Dynamic Data Center has been successfully modified. Please be aware that this action could take up to several minutes.
Erase a DDC
Before erasing a Dynamic Data Center, please be aware that this action will delete all virtual machines (RAM and CPU) and all storage you have provisioned through vCloudDirector.
1) In the main Site Homepage, choose the line that contains the Dynamic Data Center that you want to erase and then click on the last icon.
2) Click "OK" to continue.
Before you can continue deleting your Dynamic Data Center, please follow the instructions given here.
4) Confirm the deletion by ticking the checkbox next to Confirm Delete.
5) Submit your deletion order by clicking on Submit Order.
Please take into account that deleting a Dynamic Data Center will delete all virtual machines (RAM and CPU) and all storage you have provisioned through vCloudDirector. You will be able to recover this data only if you have enabled the snapshot capability in the correspondent Dynamic Data Center, and only for a limited period of time (i.e. the retention time).