Unlike AWS, Azure and Google, OpenStack is an open source cloud computing platform. This offers an enterprise more flexibility in terms of cloud infrastructure deployment and can help alleviate vendor lock-in concerns.
This flexibility, however, often comes at the cost of complex OpenStack management challenges. In addition to being more of a DIY cloud platform for enterprises, OpenStack constantly evolves. While this means new functionality around containers, security and more, it also introduces more moving parts for cloud admins to manage.
Fortunately, there are a number of native OpenStack management services, third-party tools and best practices that can help simplify the deployment and ongoing operation of the platform. Use this comprehensive guide to navigate the ins and outs of the OpenStack platform and overcome the toughest management hurdles.
1Manage OpenStack resources-
OpenStack management tools and best practices
OpenStack management is no easy task, and with over 30 unique services available on the platform, it can seem overwhelming. Admins should become familiar with native OpenStack tools for monitoring, orchestration and resource provisioning. One must-use component on the platform is Horizon -- a dashboard through which IT teams can manage and monitor OpenStack cloud services. Enterprises can also add third-party tools into the mix to support any unique needs, such as those related to troubleshooting. And regardless of what components an enterprise chooses to deploy, an effective OpenStack management strategy always requires automation.
OpenStack installation can be a complex and time-consuming process. Learn how Red Hat Ansible playbooks use automation to lift deployment and management burdens off IT's shoulders. Continue Reading
Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director assists teams from the OpenStack planning stage through production. Explore how the tool can keep your OpenStack environment running smoothly. Continue Reading
OpenStack management is easier when admins can view information about their cloud resources that's most meaningful to them. Learn how to customize aspects of the OpenStack Horizon dashboard, such as themes, navigation and alerts. Continue Reading
As an open source platform, OpenStack constantly changes, which means static template files are a poor fit. Discover how to gain more flexibility with Heat environment files. Continue Reading
OpenStack Senlin is a clustering service that, when used with Heat templates, optimizes autoscaling tasks. Follow these sample configurations to get started. Continue Reading
Hybrid and multi-cloud continue to rise in popularity, including within the OpenStack community. But before you move toward one of those models, prepare for these possible data management and portability challenges. Continue Reading
OpenStack provides two tools, Ceilometer and Monasca, to help admins debug and monitor deployments, but they are still in their early days. Evaluate these third-party tools to fill in the gaps. Continue Reading
2OpenStack and containers-
Container management on OpenStack
As enterprises seek greater workload portability across hybrid and multi-cloud models, containers are often the answer. With the popularity of Docker and Kubernetes, the OpenStack community has evolved the platform to support these services, alongside some native container tools. Through Magnum, for example, users have access to popular container orchestration engines, including Kubernetes. Additional tools, such as Kolla and Kuryr, enable enterprises to deploy production-ready containers and connect them to other containers and VM instances. However, some of these container services still have some growing up to do.
As enterprise interest in containers grows, the OpenStack community continues to add and expand more services, such as Kolla and Kuryr, to support them. Continue Reading
For many IT teams, the introduction of containers into an existing virtualized environment brings a new set of management challenges. The OpenShift platform, according to Red Hat, is one way to address these issues on OpenStack. Continue Reading
Container orchestration tools help enterprises monitor and manage clusters of containers. OpenStack Magnum supports three of the most popular container orchestration engines, including Kubernetes. Continue Reading
OpenStack Kolla and other subprojects associated with it work to create a more consistent container deployment process for admins, but they still need more work. Continue Reading
Manage OpenStack security and testing
There are potential risks with any cloud platform, but OpenStack security challenges are especially unique, given the technology's open source nature. What's more, some of the platform's security components are still relatively immature -- though admins should expect new functionality in the future. Either way, with proper testing strategies and a large community to turn to, enterprises can protect their OpenStack cloud from threats and downtime.
Regular OpenStack updates are critical to ensure operations stay stable and bug-free. Explore automation tools and these tips to minimize downtime and risks during the update process. Continue Reading
Standard rules within default OpenStack security groups don't always align with how an enterprise wants to manage access to instances. Follow these steps to customize and add your own rules. Continue Reading
4Test your OpenStack knowledge-
How much do you know about OpenStack?
OpenStack has many components, such as Nova, Heat and Glance, that cover a range of services -- but do you know what each of them does? Put your knowledge to the test.Take this quiz
Review these OpenStack definitions
The first step toward successful OpenStack management and deployment is to know these key terms and tools.