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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)

The Murano ecosystem

The Murano project has been incubated in the OpenStack Juno release. Its excessive development has yielded to a seamless and tied integration of the application catalog service in the OpenStack ecosystem. From a high-level architecture perspective, Murano uses existing core OpenStack services that include Keystone, Glance, Heat, Horizon, Ceilometer, Cinder, Docker using Nova plugins, and optionally Mistral.

Mistral is a new innovative OpenStack project providing Workflow-as-a Service. Mistral can be used to manage processes and trace their states in an asynchronous way. To read more about the latest updates of the Mistral project, please refer to the official OpenStack project page found at

The Murano architecture in OpenStack can be broken down as illustrated in the following figure:

The Murano major components...