Amazon Web Services provider

BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management supports the external cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

You can integrate BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management with AWS so that BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management can fulfill end user requests for automated provisioning of virtual machines to an Amazon Availability Zone (AZ) or Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). 

This topic provides an overview of implementing the AWS provider, including a high-level implementation walk-through. 

Before you begin

  • To enable software deployment, BMC Server Automation must be registered as a provider.
  • You must have an AWS account and should be familiar with the AWS environment. You must have AmazonVPCFullAccess policy enabled in your AWS environment for the specific user.
  • Obtain security credentials for the AWS account. This step is necessary because the AWS account must be able to make Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) API requests. To generate and extract the certificate and private key files for the AWS account, see Amazon Web Services documentation.

  • Review overview of AWS support in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management.

High-level tasks for setting up Amazon Web Services as an external provider

You can set up an AWS external provider in two ways: you can perform the tasks manually or you can use Quick Start to perform the configuration.

Manually setting up the AWS environment

The following table lists the main stages that are required to initiate an Amazon Web Services instance and the tasks associated with the stages. The topics listed in the table provide information and instructions for manually setting up, preparing, and initiating an Amazon Web Services service offering instance.

Process stage

Procedures

Configuring the infrastructure for Amazon Web Services support

Typically you perform the activities of the setup phase of your Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration only once. These activities include configuring the AWS provider and setting up credentials.

Configuring the Amazon Web Services provider type

Configuring user credentials for Amazon Web Services workloads

Creating or onboarding AWS resources

You have the option to onboard existing AWS resources or create them:

  • You can bring existing AWS resources, such as Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and Availability Zones into BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management by onboarding them as logical data centers.
  • You can also create new AWS resources by creating a network blueprint and then building a logical data center for the blueprint. The logical data center that you create can represent a VPC or an availability zone. The following topics describe the process for creating a network blueprint and a logical data center, in the context of AWS:

Creating and managing network blueprints using the Network Designer

Creating a Logical Data Center for Amazon Web Services

Configuring and managing resources for Amazon Web Services

During resource configuration, you create and configure the components that are needed to provision an AWS instance. 

Mapping tenants to a Logical Data Center

Creating product catalog entries for Amazon Web Services

Building service blueprints for Amazon Web Services

Managing resources for Amazon Web Services

Managing service offerings

In this final phase, you prepare and initiate the service offering request, as described in the following topics: 

Defining Service Catalog entries for Amazon Web Services

Creating the service offering for Amazon Web Services

Submitting the requestable offering for Amazon Web Services

Using Quick Start to perform the configuration

Quick Start asks you to provide a limited number of configuration settings for BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management so it can integrate with AWS. To use Quick Start for the configuration, see Provisioning VMs on Amazon using Quick Start. 

Where to go from here

To start your Amazon Web Services implementation, see Configuring the infrastructure for Amazon Web Services support.

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