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Extending OpenStack

By : Omar Khedher
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Extending OpenStack

By: Omar Khedher

Overview of this book

OpenStack is a very popular cloud computing platform that has enabled several organizations during the last few years to successfully implement their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms. This book will guide you through new features of the latest OpenStack releases and how to bring them into production straightaway in an agile way. It starts by showing you how to expand your current OpenStack setup and how to approach your next OpenStack Data Center generation deployment. You will discover how to extend your storage and network capacity and also take advantage of containerization technology such as Docker and Kubernetes in OpenStack. Additionally, you'll explore the power of big data as a Service terminology implemented in OpenStack by integrating the Sahara project. This book will teach you how to build Hadoop clusters and launch jobs in a very simple way. Then you'll automate and deploy applications on top of OpenStack. You will discover how to write your own plugin in the Murano project. The final part of the book will go through best practices for security such as identity, access management, and authentication exposed by Keystone in OpenStack. By the end of this book, you will be ready to extend and customize your private cloud based on your requirements.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Inflating the OpenStack Setup

"The past resembles the future more than one drop of water resembles another."
-Ibn Khaldoun

Nowadays, OpenStack has become a very mature cloud computing software solution, more so than it ever was before. It is a unique project because of its tremendous growth in setup and development. Now, thanks to OpenStack, it has become possible to build your own cloud in a cheaper, more elegant, and more flexible way. The official OpenStack website, defines the reason for using such a great solution:

OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, managed through a dashboard or through the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure.

By looking at the roadmaps of OpenStack's development over the past few years, several open source projects have been incubated under the umbrella of OpenStack, such as big data, databases, security, and containerization technology, and the list is still growing. In each new OpenStack release, a new project becomes more mature and better integrated in the cloud platform. This creates more opportunities to expand the cloud universe functionalities and grow your new next generation data center.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Briefly parsing the OpenStack components and the innovation areas
  • Implementing a first architectural design of OpenStack private cloud
  • Checking the latest tools and processes to build a production-ready OpenStack environment
  • Discussing the needs to adopt the Infrastructure as Code (IaC) concept for successful OpenStack management and implementation
  • Exploring new opportunities to enlarge the OpenStack setup by tackling the cloud setup in both a test and a production environment using Ansible