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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


In this chapter, we've looked at three integration patterns within the OpenStack platform. The first pattern was to use the built-in integration functionality provided by Keystone to integrate with Active Directory. The second was to use the REST APIs to provision infrastructure into the OpenStack environment. The third was to listen in on the message bus for notifications. Once we had explored the various ways that we can interact with the system, we wrote requirements for our deployed system in the design document with them in mind. Finally, these requirements were translated into automated tests that could be inserted into the deployment pipeline.

Some of the organizations that we've worked with have expressed frustration at the complexity of integrating the OpenStack platform with the other services in their environment. For these organizations, a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) that obfuscates some of the technical details of integration is an option worth considering. CMPs such...