Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

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  • Architect and install the latest Havana release of OpenStack on CentOS
  • Review the components of OpenStack networking and see how they work together to coordinate network operations
  • Build a virtual switching infrastructure using Open vSwitch or LinuxBridge to provide Layer 2 connectivity to instances and other network resources
  • Create physical and virtual overlay networks and software routers to provide layer 3 connectivity to instances and other network resources
  • Scale your application using OpenStack's LBaaS solution with the haproxy plugin
  • Secure your cloud using security groups and OpenStack Networking's FWaaS solution based on iptables
  • Navigate various OpenStack Networking features using the Horizon dashboard or the command-line interface

OpenStack provides a rich API that enables users to architect networks, create virtual machines, and scale their application as they see fit. However, it suffered limited network implementations, providing only basic networking through Linux VLANs and iptables. With the arrival of Neutron, you can achieve so much more with OpenStack. Whether you are new to OpenStack Networking (Neutron) or have experience, this book will provide you with the skills needed to successfully design, create, customize, and maintain the core network foundation of an OpenStack cloud using the Neutron networking API.

From start to finish, this tutorial will educate you on the various network features of OpenStack in the Havana release and how they work together. With ample screenshots, examples, and command-line output that provide a consistent experience, this book will give you a foundation from which you can build your very own OpenStack cloud with advanced networking services.

  • Build a virtual switching infrastructure for virtual machines using the Open vSwitch or Linux Bridge plugins
  • Create networks and software routers that connect virtual machines to the Internet using built-in Linux networking features
  • Scale your application using Neutron’s load-balancing-as-a-service feature using the haproxy plugin
Page Count 300
Course Length 9 hours 0 minutes
ISBN 9781783983308
Date Of Publication 9 Oct 2014


James Denton

James Denton is a Principal Architect at Rackspace with over 15 years of experience in systems administration and networking. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a focus on Computer Information Systems from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He is currently focused on OpenStack operations and support within the Rackspace Private Cloud team. James is the author of the Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron), first and second editions, as well as OpenStack Networking Essentials, both by Packt Publishing.