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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)

Varying the compute flavor

One of the key successes of OpenStack is its exposure to other hypervisor vendors—no vendor lock-in. As virtualization platforms have continued to evolve over the last decade, cloud providers have faced a major challenge regarding how to unlock their opportunities to keep growing. OpenStack makes it possible to support and integrate more virtualization technologies at pace—more freedom of choice. Extending your private OpenStack cloud should not only be limited to bringing more power to the compute fleet, but also enabling flexibility across supported virtualization platforms. At the time of writing, OpenStack supports the following hypervisor technologies:

  • Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) (libvirt)
  • QEMU
  • LXC
  • XenServer
  • VMware
  • Docker
  • Hyper-V
An exhaustive list of the supported hypervisors in OpenStack can be found at http://docs.openstack...