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Cloud Gateway: Access Control List

by Community Manager on ‎25-05-2017 08:51 PM

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What is an Access Control List (ACL)?

An Access Control List (ACL) is an optional add-on feature in Cloud Gateway, which allows you to create a list of routing rules that you can use to permit or deny traffic between your Telstra IP network and Cloud Gateway connection(s).

It gives you more control of your service, fine-tuning performance, and network accessibility.

What is an ACL profile?

An ACL profile allows you to collate a set of routing rules and assign them to an active Cloud Gateway connection. Once you create a profile, you can assign it to your cloud connection (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, VMware vCloud Air) and have those rules applied to traffic between that connection and your Telstra IP network service.

To avoid access errors to your connection, a profile must be created accurately by someone who understands your ACL requirements and its relationship to your network design.

Creating a profile counts as an ACL action. You have 10 included actions per billing month as part of your ACL subscription.

Once you create a profile, you can change the rules on it; you can have up to 100 rules on a profile.

How to purchase ACL – create an ACL profile and rule table

You can purchase a subscription to ACL once you have at least one active Cloud Gateway connection.

You can purchase ACL at the Cloud Gateway level or at the Cloud Gateway connection level.

To purchase, log in to the Cloud Gateway management console. Then, to:

Purchase at the Cloud Gateway level

  1. Choose your Cloud Gateway subscription (you might only have one).
  2. Select ‘Add-ons’, then ‘Purchase’.
  3. Select ‘Create a new ACL profile’ (you can also select any existing profile you’ve previously created and apply it to a connection).
  4. Complete the details to subscribe to ACL, including the name, description and rule table for your ACL profile.
  5. Select the Cloud Gateway connection which you’d like to apply your ACL rules.
  6. Select ‘Purchase’.

Purchase at the Cloud Gateway connection level

  1. Choose your Cloud Gateway connection (note: in order to apply ACL, the Cloud Gateway connection you’re applying it to needs to be active).
  2. Select ‘Purchase’ on the option to purchase ACL.
  3. Select ‘Create a new ACL profile’ (you can also select any existing profile you’ve previously created and apply it to a connection).
  4. Complete the details to subscribe to ACL, including the name, description and rule table for your ACL profile.
  5. The Cloud Gateway connection to which you’d like to apply your ACL rules will appear automatically. Select ‘Purchase’.

 

What is an ACL action?

In each billing month, 10 ACL actions are included as part of your subscription. ACL actions are modifications to your service and include:

  • Create and cancel an ACL subscription at the Cloud Gateway level
  • Apply an ACL to a Cloud Gateway connection (either after creating a new ACL profile or when applying an existing one)
  • Deactivate an ACL profile from a connection
  • Modify an active ACL profile on a connection

    If you make more than 10 modifications, you will pay a fee for each one. For pricing details, view the pricing guide in the Cloud Gateway management console, or contact us for details.

 
How to create and manage an ACL

You can create an ACL profile when you go to purchase ACL or by selecting ‘Access Control List’ from the ‘Add-ons’ dropdown in the top-right menu of the Cloud Gateway management console.

When you create a new ACL profile, give the profile a name and, if needed, a description. From there, you can add up to 100 rules to the provided table. Please note: to avoid access errors to your connection, this form must be completed accurately by someone who understands your ACL requirements and its relationship to your network design.

In each row, you specify a subnet or single IP address on your Telstra IP network and cloud service in CIDR notation (e.g. 203.0.113.5/32). You can also populate the table by uploading a CSV file using a template that’s laid out in the same way as the table on the screen.

Subnets not included in your rules are denied access. To permit access to unlisted subnets, include a rule with “Any” in both the Telstra IP network and cloud service fields.  

Once an ACL profile has been created, it can be applied to multiple Cloud Gateway connections, however a connection can only have one ACL profile applied to it.

If you’re viewing your list of profiles and want to create a new profile, simply select ‘Create new’.

 

How to deactivate an ACL from a Cloud Gateway connection

In the Cloud Gateway management console:

  1. Select the connection in the Gateway Portal and click on the ACL icon.
  2. Select the ‘Deactivate ACL profile’ link and confirm deactivation from the connection.

 

How to view, copy, remove or modify an existing ACL profile
Access the ‘Manage profiles’ page

To view and manage your ACL profile(s), log in to the Cloud Gateway management console and, under your selected Cloud Gateway (you might only have one), select ‘Add-ons’, then ‘Manage profiles’.

Alternatively select the add-on menu option on the top-right of the console, which will lead you to the profile management page.

To view:

When you follow the instructions above, your list of ACL profiles appears. Select a profile and its rule table plus the Cloud Gateway connections you’ve applied it to. These details will appear at the bottom of the screen.

To copy:

Once you’ve accessed the profile management page (see above), select the ‘Download CSV’ button, which allows you to copy any rule lists you’ve previously created.

To remove:

You can only remove a profile that hasn’t been applied to a Cloud Gateway connection. Once you’ve accessed the profile management page (see above), select the ‘Remove’ button.

To modify:

ACL profiles cannot be modified directly. To modify a profile, you must first copy it and reassign the copy to an existing Cloud Gateway connection.

  1. Once you’ve accessed the profile management page (see above), select the connection whose ACL profile you want to modify.
  2. Select ‘Modify’.
  3. Select the new profile you want to apply to this connection and save.

How does billing for ACL work?

You’re charged a single monthly recurring fee for each Cloud Gateway connection with an active ACL profile active on it plus for any actions that exceed the 10 that are included in each billing month. See ‘What is an ACL action’ above.

For pricing details, view the pricing guide in the Cloud Gateway management console, or contact us for details.

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