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OpenStack for Architects

By : Michael Solberg, Benjamin Silverman
Book Image

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 6. Integrating the Platform

One of the OpenStack architects we've worked with is fond of saying, "No OpenStack implementation is an island". Each deployment integrates with the legacy IT infrastructure around it, from identity management systems to auditing systems to billing systems. OpenStack's standardized APIs make these integrations relatively simple. This chapter will cover the integration points available within an OpenStack implementation and many of the common integration patterns.

In this chapter, we'll look at the following points in detail:

  • Identity management(IdM) integration

  • Provisioning workflows

  • Metering and billing

These three different platform integrations demonstrate the three prominent integration patterns for OpenStack. Integrating Keystone with an IdM system such as Active Directory is relatively prescriptive - as Cinder is designed to integrate with storage arrays, Keystone is designed to integrate with IdM systems. The contract between Keystone and the IdM system...