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OpenStack for Architects

By : Michael Solberg, Benjamin Silverman
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OpenStack for Architects

By: Michael Solberg, Benjamin Silverman

Overview of this book

Over the last five years, hundreds of organizations have successfully implemented Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack. The huge amount of investment from these organizations, industry giants such as IBM and HP, as well as open source leaders such as Red Hat have led analysts to label OpenStack as the most important open source technology since the Linux operating system. Because of its ambitious scope, OpenStack is a complex and fast-evolving open source project that requires a diverse skill-set to design and implement it. This guide leads you through each of the major decision points that you'll face while architecting an OpenStack private cloud for your organization. At each point, we offer you advice based on the experience we've gained from designing and leading successful OpenStack projects in a wide range of industries. Each chapter also includes lab material that gives you a chance to install and configure the technologies used to build production-quality OpenStack clouds. Most importantly, we focus on ensuring that your OpenStack project meets the needs of your organization, which will guarantee a successful rollout.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
OpenStack for Architects
About the Authors
Customer Feedback


This chapter provided background information on OpenStack and the component services which make up an OpenStack deployment. We looked at some typical use cases for OpenStack and discussed the role of the Cloud Architect in an organization which is embarking on an OpenStack private cloud deployment.

We also began the documentation for our OpenStack deployments. The following documents were created:

  • Deployment plan

  • Installation guide

Finally, we completed an "all-in-one" OpenStack installation on a single server and verified the core set of services. This installation can be used to familiarize yourself with the OpenStack system. In the next chapter, we'll break down the different areas of design for OpenStack clouds and expand our documentation and deployment.