OpenStack Diablo, updates and work in progress!

It has been a while since I blogged, and in that time OpenStack has come on leaps and bounds with Diablo being the latest official release. This will change as I work pretty much full-time on testing OpenStack as an end-user (and day job as architect) based on Diablo. This will also help with some book projects that are in the pipe-line for which I’m very humbled and excited about. I’ll blog my experiences as I go along – after all, it’s the reason you’ve stumbled upon this corner of the internet in the first place to learn from my experiences in using OpenStack.
The project I’m working on will be based on Ubuntu running the latest release of OpenStack, Diablo (2011.3). I’ll be investigating Crowbar from Dell to see how remote bare-metal provisioning of OpenStack is coming along – a crucial element for this to be adopted in established enterprises where it is the norm to roll-out enterprise class software in this way. I’ll try to squeeze in JuJu too. Most importantly though is playing catch up on the raft of projects that are flowing through OpenStack from Keystone for authentication, Quantum (although probably more relevant to Essex as this develops) as well as playing catch up on where Swift, Glance and the Dashboard are.

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3 comments on “OpenStack Diablo, updates and work in progress!

  1. Trying to test out some of this cutting edge stuff. Curious how to architect it. Are there any simple guidelines or recommendations for setting OpenStack up on one system with lots of storage, maybe 2 systems where one has lots of storage and another doesn’t, and maybe a system with a NAS available to it?

    • There are reference whitepapets published by Dell on best practice, I’ll reply with the links, but Google should help. Check out StackOps too. Their distribution for installing OpenStack references different architecture.
      Generally, any references to virtualisation platforms should be applicable to OpenStack, with exceptions as OpenStack has components designed for HA and scalability.
      I’ll write about this when I can as this still seems to be a missing piece with OpenStack due to the openness, multiple vendor support and flexibility that OpenStack gives you.

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