Getting started with OpenStack

OpenStack is a federation of services that is often referred to as “the cloud”. It extends across multiple nodes that act as an IT infrastructure using basic hardware equipment. This implementation of cloud computing provides a broad base of developers and a large involvement of leading technology companies. To be more precise, access to an application via the network does not necessarily use the cloud. We use the cloud to virtualize the main components of a data centre. By deploying OpenStack gain flexibility, lower costs and a functional department that can keep up with the speed of business.

Obviously, the need to leverage cloud computing change is not free, and carries some challenges. The return on investment is always part of a thoughtful strategy. The more dynamic are the demands of IT, the more you can probably benefit from virtualizing their data centres. Cloud computing, with rapid deployments, rearrangements and modifications allowing becomes a profitable investment for large and small organizations during the entire life cycle of the project.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Providing data centre resources as a service allows flexibility and customization. Traditional configurations of data centres become more complex over time, when dedicated systems are updated, change network settings and sellers modify their support matrix. To keep up with the ongoing changes, the senior staff must devote much time to understand the current configuration and how to change it without causing other problems. This takes time and effort would be better spent on good practices and architectural decisions. Using OpenStack allows them to wire once, but implement many. The configuration storage, networks and other resources are managed and viewed from a single perspective, allowing spend less time understanding the physical structure of the environment.

The deployment of computing engines (Nova), defined by software (Neutron), distributed storage (Ceph) and other services OpenStack infrastructure allows physically connected once and then configured and reconfigured in the software layer networks. No more hours spent pulling tiles trying to figure out how the network is configured in previous years, this possibly having changed without notice or documentation. With the arrival of new equipment, these can be dynamically added to the environment, being available quickly and easily, while existing hardware can be replaced with minimal interaction also because of the layers of virtualization.


Virtualization, separation of layer stacks with an easy to configure, is an integral part of using the cloud. Virtualization allows multiple instances of an operating system in a hardware component. The same concept for network access and storage is applied. Reference to each major component of a computer through a complex network configurations and API is made, providing the flexibility to change individual layers without having to reconfigure the entire environment, physically change the hardware or move cables.

Virtualization is not free. Software and hardware able to understand and work with virtualization should be developed. Stratification affects performance, requiring more resources to provide the same level of service to end users. Instead of specialized equipment, we can implement most basic commercial hardware and take advantage of the horizontal scale for cost-effective implementation.

IT resources at the speed of business

The speed of business is not slowing, and the demands of IT departments are at the same time, varied and individuals. Traditional environments have extensive deployment procedure that includes the acquisition of particular systems, their integration into the physical environment, configuration, maintenance and continuous care. Trying to combine workloads can be difficult, causing systems with low usage rates. Access to dynamic virtualized infrastructure allows easy implementation and customization, and eliminates the need for a particular provider maintaining or grow environment. Removing blockages providers often leads to added value, leading to better service and lower costs.

Scale to meet demand

Technology needs change over time and often require more resources than expected during the recruitment stage; normally, months or years before the project begins. The use of distributed services and multiple independent software developers in the cloud allow the addition of resources dynamically. A small start-up with twenty nodes can literally grow as fast as it acquires its team if you start with cloud deployment. Traditionally, the technological requirements of a project could hinder their achievement. The use of public clouds can make the resources available at a much lower cost to face. If the new company is not, they can be released without further cost resources, necessary maintenance or storage. Companies of all sizes also compete for skilled labour. Cloud deployments eliminate much of the complexity of ongoing operations and require the same set of skills for both a few nodes to thousands. Many vendors who develop for the cloud have drawn a large number of skilled workers, helping companies to choose from the best of many.

Public-private clouds

The capacity planning and disaster recovery can keep managers awake at dawn. You must configure traditional deployments for maximum expected use, which can occur only on certain days or certain weeks of the year. A broken water pipe could result in losses in production systems, paralysing business activities. To account even the unknown, you can set up a private cloud to use the resources of a public cloud when needed. If the customer has peak demand, new resources can be added instantly. The peaks of expected use, such as financial fever end of the quarter or holidays, can be prepared in advance allocating resources only when really necessary. If that falls occur in business, applications can be carried around the world by using public cloud resources.

OpenStack may not answer all the needs of a dynamic IT department, but it can provide the flexibility and scalability needed and minimize staff requirements at the cost of basic hardware.


OpenStack has become an essential option for installation, configuration and management of the data centre. Its large base of developers and users and broad vendor support has become an essential component of centres large and small data.

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