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Using OpenStack to Control VM Chaos


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Slides from a webinar that I and Dell Virtualization Evangelist Hassan Fahimi gave in March 2016. We provide a complete overview of OpenStack and Foglight for OpenStack.

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Using OpenStack to Control VM Chaos

  1. 1. Using OpenStack to control your VM chaos David Strom and Hassan Fahimi Redmond Magazine Webinar 3/16
  2. 2. Who are we? David Strom, author and speaker Hassan Fahimi, Sr Product Manager, Dell
  3. 3. Agenda • Status report on OpenStack • Advantages and disadvantages • Who is using it and why • Deployment strategies and issues
  4. 4. What is OpenStack now? OpenStack is a single, open source platform for management of the three major cloud compute technologies; virtual machines, containers and bare metal instances.
  5. 5. OpenStack advantages
  6. 6. Quick deployment of your VMs
  7. 7. Self-service for your developers
  8. 8. Who is using it?
  9. 9. How much time does it take to deliver a new VM? • Developers need to be able to understand and then write stateless applications for the cloud • Also understand the differences between private clouds and ordinary VMs • Pair Java developers with sys admins
  10. 10. Big boosters
  11. 11. OpenStack core services
  12. 12. What is new in Liberty release? • Extensible Nova compute scheduler • Defined network QoS framework • Enhanced load balancing as a service • Magnum – better container mgmt. service • Heat orchestration enhancements such as role-based access controls
  13. 13. Issues still remain • Documentation is spotty once you get past the easy stuff • It is all about VMs. Don’t make this your first virtual rodeo • Neutron and software-defined networking support is still young and restless • Keeping up with release schedules can be brutal • OpenStack won’t replace your PaaS
  14. 14. Lots of deployment decisions • When to deviate from pure OpenStack code • What enhanced features make sense • Know the costs, your budget, staffing, skill sets • Get right vendor training and support • Understand remote management issues • Where to locate your cloud environment • Which OS projects/release to implement
  15. 15. One typical OS team • 2-3 system architects • 3-5 sys admins with Linux/ FOSS experience • Friendly network infrastructure team • Developers who know the cloud • C-level buy in
  16. 16. Next steps • Attend the next summit conferences • Keep up with the latest code releases • Understand the community and don’t fight city hall • There will be bugs, (don’t worry, be happy!)