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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)
Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Second Edition
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Extending functionality with plugins

Neutron introduces support for third-party plugins and drivers that extend network functionality and implementation of the Neutron API. Plugins and drivers can be created that use a variety of software- and hardware-based technologies to implement the network built by operators and users.

There are two major plugin types within the Neutron architecture:

  • Core plugin

  • Service plugin

A core plugin implements the core Neutron API and is responsible for adapting the logical network described by networks, ports, and subnets into something that can be implemented by the L2 agent and IP address management system running on the host.

A service plugin provides additional network services such as routing, load balancing, firewalling, and more.

In this book, the Modular Layer 2 core plugin is discussed.

The following service plugins will be covered in later chapters:

  • Router

  • Load balancer

  • Firewall

  • Virtual private network


The Neutron API provides a consistent experience to...