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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

Chapter 5. Building to Operate

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.