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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


OpenStack deployments are often compared to snowflakes. There are so many different ways to combine the various supported compute, storage, and network configurations that no deployment resembles any other deployment. The analogy is frequently used in frustration at companies which offer commercial support for OpenStack - the diversity of deployments makes supporting customers extremely difficult. Many of the clients we work with have also expressed frustration at the myriad of options. On the other hand, most of the people who have been running OpenStack for a while realize the value in having so many options. It allows them to continually provide new services and capabilities to their customers under a common interface.

In this chapter, we walked through each of the three major areas of technology in OpenStack-compute, network, and storage. In each area, we've broadly described the choices available and provided some guidance on how to approach the decision process. We've also expanded...