Getting Started With Dimension Data Cloud

Dimension Data are a global IT Services company and form part of the NTT Group. Dimension Data provide IT-as-a-Service to customers around the globe on their cloud platform (Compute as a Service). The CaaS service is available either on one of the public cloud instances or as a private instance on premises.

http://cloud.dimensiondata.com/

CaaS has its own non-standard `API`_ , SaltStack provides a wrapper on top of this `API`_ with common methods with other IaaS solutions and Public cloud providers. Therefore, you can use the Dimension Data module to communicate with both the public and private clouds.

Dependencies

This driver requires the Python apache-libcloud and netaddr library to be installed.

Configuration

When you instantiate a driver you need to pass the following arguments to the driver constructor:

  • user_id - Your Dimension Data Cloud username
  • key - Your Dimension Data Cloud password
  • region - The region key, one of the possible region keys

Possible regions:

  • dd-na : Dimension Data North America (USA)
  • dd-eu : Dimension Data Europe
  • dd-af : Dimension Data Africa
  • dd-au : Dimension Data Australia
  • dd-latam : Dimension Data Latin America
  • dd-ap : Dimension Data Asia Pacific
  • dd-canada : Dimension Data Canada region
# Note: This example is for /etc/salt/cloud.providers or any file in the
# /etc/salt/cloud.providers.d/ directory.

my-dimensiondata-config:
  user_id: my_username
  key: myPassword!
  region: dd-na
  driver: dimensiondata

Note

Changed in version 2015.8.0.

The provider parameter in cloud provider definitions was renamed to driver. This change was made to avoid confusion with the provider parameter that is used in cloud profile definitions. Cloud provider definitions now use driver to refer to the Salt cloud module that provides the underlying functionality to connect to a cloud host, while cloud profiles continue to use provider to refer to provider configurations that you define.

Profiles

Cloud Profiles

Dimension Data images have an inbuilt size configuration, there is no list of sizes (although, if the command --list-sizes is run a default will be returned).

Images can be obtained using the --list-images option for the salt-cloud command:

# salt-cloud --list-images my-dimensiondata-config
my-dimensiondata-config:
----------
dimensiondata:
    ----------
    CSfM SharePoint 2013 Trial:
        ----------
        driver:
        extra:
            ----------
            OS_displayName:
                WIN2012R2S/64
            OS_type:
                None
            cpu:
            created:
                2015-03-19T18:36:06.000Z
            description:
                Windows 2012 R2 Standard 64-bit installed with SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 Pro (Trial Version)
            location:
            memoryGb:
                12
            osImageKey:
                T-WIN-2012R2-STD-SP2013-VS2013-64-4-12-100
        get_uuid:
        id:
            0df4677e-d380-4e9b-9469-b529ee0214c5
        name:
            CSfM SharePoint 2013 Trial
        uuid:
            28c077f1be970ee904541407b377e3ff87a9ac69
    CentOS 5 32-bit 2 CPU:
        ----------
        driver:
        extra:
            ----------
            OS_displayName:
                CENTOS5/32
            OS_type:
                None
            cpu:
            created:
                2015-10-21T14:52:29.000Z
            description:
                CentOS Release 5.11 32-bit
            location:
            memoryGb:
                4
            osImageKey:
                T-CENT-5-32-2-4-10
        get_uuid:
        id:
            a8046bd1-04ea-4668-bf32-bf8d5540faed
        name:
            CentOS 5 32-bit 2 CPU
        uuid:
            4d7dd59929fed6f4228db861b609da64997773a7

...SNIP...

Locations can be obtained using the --list-locations option for the salt-cloud command:

my-dimensiondata-config:
    ----------
    dimensiondata:
        ----------
        Australia - Melbourne:
            ----------
            country:
                Australia
            driver:
            id:
                AU2
            name:
                Australia - Melbourne
        Australia - Melbourne MCP2:
            ----------
            country:
                Australia
            driver:
            id:
                AU10
            name:
                Australia - Melbourne MCP2
        Australia - Sydney:
            ----------
            country:
                Australia
            driver:
            id:
                AU1
            name:
                Australia - Sydney
        Australia - Sydney MCP2:
            ----------
            country:
                Australia
            driver:
            id:
                AU9
            name:
                Australia - Sydney MCP2
        New Zealand:
            ----------
            country:
                New Zealand
            driver:
            id:
                AU8
            name:
                New Zealand
        New_Zealand:
            ----------
            country:
                New Zealand
            driver:
            id:
                AU11
            name:
                New_Zealand

Note

Dimension Data Cloud REST API documentation is available from Dimension Data MCP 2.