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Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

By : James Denton
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Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

By: James Denton

Overview of this book

OpenStack Neutron is an OpenStack component that provides networking as a service for other OpenStack services to architect networks and create virtual machines through its API. This API lets you define network connectivity in order to leverage network capabilities to cloud deployments. Through this practical book, you will build a strong foundational knowledge of Neutron, and will architect and build an OpenStack cloud using advanced networking features. We start with an introduction to OpenStack Neutron and its various components, including virtual switching, routing, FWaaS, VPNaaS, and LBaaS. You’ll also get hands-on by installing OpenStack and Neutron and its components, and use agents and plugins to orchestrate network connectivity and build a virtual switching infrastructure. Moving on, you’ll get to grips with the HA routing capabilities utilizing VRRP and distributed virtual routers in Neutron. You’ll also discover load balancing fundamentals, including the difference between nodes, pools, pool members, and virtual IPs. You’ll discover the purpose of security groups and learn how to apply the security concept to your cloud/tenant/instance. Finally, you' ll configure virtual private networks that will allow you to avoid the use of SNAT and floating IPs when connecting to remote networks.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Chapter 2. Installing OpenStack

Installing, configuring, and maintaining OpenStack clouds can be an arduous task when performed by hand. Many third-party vendors offer downloadable cloud software based on OpenStack that provide deployment and management strategies using Chef, Puppet, Fuel, Ansible, and other tools.

This chapter will step you through a package-based installation of the following OpenStack components on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating system:

  • OpenStack Identity (Keystone)

  • OpenStack Image Service (Glance)

  • OpenStack Compute (Nova)

  • OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder)

  • OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon)


The installation process documented within this chapter is based on the OpenStack Installation Guide for Ubuntu 14.04 found at If you wish to install OpenStack on a different operating system, the guides available at that site provide instructions to do so.

If you'd rather download a third-party cloud distribution based on OpenStack, try one of the following distributions...