A lot of OpenStack administrators are familiar with more established virtualization platforms. They're familiar with preinstalled operations tools that will allow an administrator to simply point, click, and configure a fully robust infrastructure monitoring the solution in minutes. Unfortunately, OpenStack is not quite that simple. This doesn't mean it's inferior; quite the contrary, it's very flexible, and allows administrators to choose their own tools and configure them in a way that best suits the needs of the company or organization.
In this chapter, we will discuss day–2 operations, or in other words, what happens after the OpenStack cloud has been built, tested, and is operationally ready. It is at this point that the cloud is ready for onboard users and workloads.