OpenStack is an open source cloud computing project that is implemented predominantly in Python. OpenStack’s goal is to provide the "ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds”. The OpenStack project was launched by Rackspace and NASA in July 2010. Since then the project has gained considerable momentum with over 200 companies joining the project, and the launch of commercial services and products that use OpenStack.
The OpenStack Horizon project provides a web-based User Interface to OpenStack services. It is constructed in two parts: (1) a core set of libraries for implementing a Dashboard; (2) a reference dashboard implementation that uses the core set of libraries. Customization is a core part of the Horizon Framework. The framework enables developers to construct their own dashboards, panel groups and panels, and enables them to assemble them together via a common navigation/presentation framework.
In this presentation, we will provide a brief introduction to OpenStack and Horizon. Then we will dive into the details of Horizon. We will review Horizon’s overall architecture and how it integrates with other OpenStack services. We will look at some of Horizon’s interesting features and describe how to get started developing with Horizon. Finally, we will discuss some of the current challenges facing Horizon and some future directions.