Brocade vADC solutions are now supported on Google Cloud Platform, with hourly billing options for applications that need to scale on-demand to match varying workloads. A range of Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (Brocade vTM) editions are available, including options for the Brocade vTM Developer Edition and Brocade Virtual Web Application Firewall (Brocade vWAF), available as both a virtual machine and as a software installation on a Linux virtual machine.
This article describes how to quickly create a new Brocade vTM instance through the Google Cloud Launcher. For additional information about the use and configuration of your Brocade vTM instance, see the product documentation available at https://www.brocade.com/vadc-docs.
To launch a new instance of the Brocade vTM virtual machine, use the GCE Cloud Launcher Web site. Type the following URL into your Web browser:
Browse or use the search tool to locate the Brocade package applicable to your requirements, then click the package icon to see the package detail screen.
To start the process of deploying a new instance, click Launch on Google Cloud Platform.
Before you can launch your new instance, first provide some basic configuration.
1. Choose the project you want to use with this instance, or create a new project.
2. Click Continue to progess to the instance configuration page.
3. Type an identifying name for the instance, then select the desired geographic zone and machine type. Individual zones might have differing computing resources available and specific access restrictions. Contact your support provider for further details.
4. Ensure the boot disk correspond to your computing resource requirements. Brocade recommends not changing the default disk size as this might affect the performance of your Brocade vTM.
5. By default, GCE creates firewall rules to allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic, and to allow access to the Web-based Brocade vTM Admin UI on TCP port 9090. To instead restrict access to these services, untick the corresponding firewall checkboxes.
Note: If you disable access to TCP port 9090, you cannot access the Brocade vTM Admin UI to configure the instance.
6. If you want to use IP Forwarding with this instance, click More and set IP forwarding to "On".
7. Brocade vTM needs access to the Google Cloud Compute API, as indicated in the API Access section. Keep this option enabled to ensure your instance can function correctly.
8. Click Deploy to launch the Brocade vTM instance.
The Google Developer Console confirms that your Brocade vTM instance is being deployed.
After your new instance has been created, you can proceed to configure your Brocade vTM software through its Admin UI.
To access the Admin UI for a successfully deployed instance, click Log into the admin panel.
When you connect to the Admin UI for the first time, Brocade vTM presents the Initial Configuration wizard. This wizard captures the networking, date/time, and basic system settings needed by your Brocade vTM software to operate normally.
For full details of the configuration process, and for instructions on performing various other administrative tasks, see the Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager: Cloud Services Installation and Getting Started Guide.