Thursday Jul 31, 2014

OpenStack 101 - How to get started on Oracle Solaris 11

As Eric has already mentioned with Oracle Solaris 11.2 we've included a complete, enterprise-ready distribution of OpenStack based on the "Havana" release of the upstream project. We've talked to many customers who have expressed an interest in OpenStack generally, but also being able to have Oracle Solaris participate in a heterogeneous mix of technologies that you'd typically see in a data center environment. We're absolutely thrilled to be providing this functionality to our customers as part of the core Oracle Solaris platform and support offering, so they can set up agile, self-service private clouds with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), or develop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions on top of this infrastructure.

If you haven't really had much experience with OpenStack, you'll almost certainly be confused by the myriad of different project names for some of the core components of an OpenStack cloud. Here's a handy table:

Component Description
Nova OpenStack Nova provides a cloud computing fabric controller that supports a wide variety of virtualization technologies. In addition to its native API, it includes compatibility with the commonly encountered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) APIs.
Neutron OpenStack Neutron provides an API to dynamically request and configure virtual networks. These networks connect "interfaces" from other OpenStack services (for example, VNICs from Nova VMs). The Neutron API supports extensions to provide advanced network capabilities, for example, quality of service (QoS), access control lists (ACLs) and network monitoring.
Cinder OpenStack Cinder provides an infrastructure for managing block storage volumes in OpenStack. It allows block devices to be exposed and connected to compute instances for expanded storage, better performance, and integration with enterprise storage platforms.
Swift OpenStack Swift provides object storage services for projects and users in the cloud.
Glance OpenStack Glance provides services for discovering, registering, and retrieving virtual machine images. Glance has a RESTful API that allows querying of VM image metadata as well as retrieval of the actual image. VM images made available through Glance can be stored in a variety of locations from simple file systems to object-storage systems such as OpenStack Swift.
Keystone OpenStack Keystone is the OpenStack identity service used for authentication between the OpenStack services.
Horizon OpenStack Horizon is the canonical implementation of OpenStack's dashboard, which provides a web-based user interface to OpenStack services including Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Swift, Keystone and Glance.

So how do you get started? Due to the distributed architecture of OpenStack and being able to run different services across multiple nodes, OpenStack isn't the easiest thing in the world to configure and get running. We've made that easier for you to be able to set up a single-node pre-configured instance to evaluate initially with an OpenStack Unified Archive and an excellent getting started guide. Once you've got up to speed on a single-node set up, you can use your experience to deploy OpenStack on a multi-node setup. We've also got a bunch of other resource available:

We're just starting our journey of providing OpenStack on Oracle Solaris with this initial integration and we expect to deliver more value over time. Ready to start your journey with OpenStack in your data center?

-- Glynn Foster

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Oracle OpenStack is cloud management software that provides customers an enterprise-grade solution to deploy and manage their entire IT environment. Customers can rapidly deploy Oracle and third-party applications across shared compute, network, and storage resources with ease, with end-to-end enterprise-class support. For more information, see here.

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