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Resource profiles

Resource profiles

Resource profiles are cloud provider-agnostic definitions that specify the allowed options for a resource. Resource profiles enable you to control the choices that the user sees when requesting a cloud resource. As a result, you do not need to define a unique blueprint for each variation of the resource.

Note: In addition to the cloud-agnostic profiles, you can add provider public images to the Cloud Management catalog. See Add an AWS public image to Cloud Management and Add an Azure public image to Cloud Management.

Example: Compute profile

You might create a compute profile named Micro and map it to a "micro" hardware type, with specified values for memory and CPU. Later, when a user selects a compute resource while requesting a virtual server, Micro appears as an option in the list of available compute resources. The user does not need to specify values for memory and CPU — the values come from the profile.
Compute profile on the request form

Resource profile mappings

Resource profiles create mapping associations between the following items:
  • A cloud account.
  • A logical datacenter in the cloud account.
  • A specific resource type in the CMDB that provides the attributes.
  • Optional: A pricing value that appears to users when they request a resource that uses the resource profile.

By default for AWS and Azure, Cloud Management maps profiles to templates after Discovery runs. For other providers, such as Google cloud, you must manually associate the profile with the correct template and datacenter.

Resource types

Each resource profile has associated attributes. The attributes are defined by the resource types that are populated after you run Discovery on a cloud account.
Resource profile type Description and attributes Resource type and template
Application profile An application profile specifies application software to install on newly-provisioned resources. Users can select applications when they request a stack. Use application profiles when you integrate with Configuration Management (continuous delivery) providers such as Ansible playbooks.

Attributes: Applications running on virtual machines.

Application Template

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Compute profile A compute profile specifies the hardware to use for newly-provisioned virtual machines.

Attributes: The size of computing resources, including the virtual CPUs, memory, and local storage.

Hardware Type

[cmdb_ci_compute_template]

Compute Security Group profile A compute security group profile applies specified security rules to newly-provisioned resources. You map a compute security group profile to the following items: a cloud account, a datacenter, a Compute Security Group template, and security rules for the template.

Attributes: Firewall rules, such as enabling HTTP and HTTPS.

Compute Security Group Template

[cmdb_ci_security_grp_template]

OS profile An OS profile installs a specified image on a newly-provisioned virtual machine. You map an OS profile to a cloud account, a location (datacenter), an image template, and a cloud script.

Attributes: Operating system images, including the OS type and version, the root device type, and the image source.

Image

[cmdb_ci_os_template]

VMware Virtual Machine Template

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Schedule profile You map a schedule profile to an instance schedule. The schedule profile applies to all newly-provisioned resources that use the profile. For example, a schedule profile can specify the days of the week and times of day when a stack should start and stop.

Attributes: Schedule attributes such as when a stack should be started, stopped, or deprovisioned.

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