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Production Ready OpenStack - Recipes for Successful Environments

By : Arthur Berezin
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Production Ready OpenStack - Recipes for Successful Environments

By: Arthur Berezin

Overview of this book

OpenStack is the most popular open source cloud platform used by organizations building internal private clouds and by public cloud providers. OpenStack is designed in a fully distributed architecture to provide Infrastructure as a Service, allowing us to maintain a massively scalable cloud infrastructure. OpenStack is developed by a vibrant community of open source developers who come from the largest software companies in the world. The book provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the multiple uses cases and configurations that OpenStack supports. This book simplifies the learning process by guiding you through how to install OpenStack in a single controller configuration. The book goes deeper into deploying OpenStack in a highly available configuration. You'll then configure Keystone Identity Services using LDAP, Active Directory, or the MySQL identity provider and configure a caching layer and SSL. After that, you will configure storage back-end providers for Glance and Cinder, which will include Ceph, NFS, Swift, and local storage. Then you will configure the Neutron networking service with provider network VLANs, and tenant network VXLAN and GRE. Also, you will configure Nova's Hypervisor with KVM, and QEMU emulation, and you will configure Nova's scheduler filters and weights. Finally, you will configure Horizon to use Apache HTTPD and SSL, and you will customize the dashboard's appearance.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Production Ready OpenStack - Recipes for Successful Environments
About the Author
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OpenStack is an operating system that allows administrators and developers to consolidate and control pools of computer (memory and so on), networking and storage resources with a centralized dashboard and administration panel to enable the large scale development of cloud services.

The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive guide to set up and configure OpenStack. The book will show the reader how to manage and optimize their deployment so that it provides the solution that fits their situation and requirements the best. This book will focus on topics such as the correct storage configuration, image cache configuration, security, and access permissions. It will also cover essential and important areas for any OpenStack configuration and will therefore cover: compute, networking, image services, identity services, object storage, and block storage.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to OpenStack and its Deployment Using Packages, describes the prerequisites and how to set up the environment for OpenStack deployment. It also shows how to check whether OpenStack was installed successfully or not.

Chapter 2, Deploying OpenStack Using Staypuft OpenStack Installer, describes how to install Staypuft packages, verify them, and also gives an overview on how to troubleshoot during the deployment process.

Chapter 3, Deploying Highly Available OpenStack, expands OpenStack services configuration and discusses how to configure each of the OpenStack services, database, and message broker in a highly available configuration.

Chapter 4, Keystone Identity Service, introduces the Keystone service and its role in OpenStack. It includes how to secure Keystone using SSL.

Chapter 5, Glance Image Service, introduces Glance's role with OpenStack. Here, you will learn how to configure the Swift Object storage as a backend for Glance.

Chapter 6, Cinder Block Storage Service, describes how to set up and configure Ceph as a volume backend for Cinder.

Chapter 7, Neutron Networking Service, describes the various networking models that can be used with Neutron.

Chapter 8, Nova-Compute Service, introduces Nova services, its role, and possible uses. It also explains how to secure Nova with authentication and authorization.

Chapter 9, Horizon Dashboard Service, describes how to configure Horizon to use Apache HTTPD, how to secure horizon with SSL/TLS, and also how to customize Horizon's user interface.

What you need for this book

The recipes and examples covered in this book use Red Hat's community based OpenStack distribution RDO, which can be downloaded freely from, running on latest version of CentOS7, can be downloaded from It is recommended to obtain 4 physical machines with visualization capabilities (Intel VT-d or AMD svm), or use virtual machine with nested virtualization enabled.

Who this book is for

If you have a basic understanding of Linux and Cloud computing and want to learn about configurations that OpenStack supports, this is the book for you. A prior knowledge of virtualization and managing Linux environments is assumed. A prior knowledge or experience of OpenStack is not required, although it is beneficial.


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