Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron) - Second Edition

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  • Architect and install the latest release of OpenStack on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS
  • Review the components of OpenStack networking, including plugins, agents, and services, and learn how they work together to coordinate network operations
  • Build a virtual switching infrastructure using reference architectures based on ML2 + Open vSwitch or ML2 + LinuxBridge
  • Create networks, subnets, and routers that connect virtual machine instances to the network
  • Deploy highly available routers using DVR or VRRP-based methods
  • Scale your application with haproxy and Load Balancing as-a-Service
  • Implement port and router-level security using Security Groups and Firewall as-a-Service
  • Provide connectivity to tenant networks with Virtual Private Networking as-a-Service (VPNaaS)
  • Find out how to manage OpenStack networking resources using CLI and GUI-driven methods

OpenStack Neutron is an OpenStack component that provides networking as a service for other OpenStack services to architect networks and create virtual machines through its API. This API lets you define network connectivity in order to leverage network capabilities to cloud deployments.

Through this practical book, you will build a strong foundational knowledge of Neutron, and will architect and build an OpenStack cloud using advanced networking features.

We start with an introduction to OpenStack Neutron and its various components, including virtual switching, routing, FWaaS, VPNaaS, and LBaaS. You’ll also get hands-on by installing OpenStack and Neutron and its components, and use agents and plugins to orchestrate network connectivity and build a virtual switching infrastructure.

Moving on, you’ll get to grips with the HA routing capabilities utilizing VRRP and distributed virtual routers in Neutron. You’ll also discover load balancing fundamentals, including the difference between nodes, pools, pool members, and virtual IPs. You’ll discover the purpose of security groups and learn how to apply the security concept to your cloud/tenant/instance.

Finally, you'll configure virtual private networks that will allow you to avoid the use of SNAT and floating IPs when connecting to remote networks.

  • This completely up-to-date edition will show you how to deploy a cloud on OpenStack using community-driven processes. It includes rich examples that will help you understand complex networking topics with ease
  • Understand every aspect of designing, creating, customizing, and maintaining the core network foundation of an OpenStack cloud using OpenStack Neutron all in one book
  • Written by best-selling author James Denton, who has more than 15 years of experience in system administration and networking. James has experience of deploying, operating, and maintaining OpenStack clouds and has worked with top enterprises and organizations
Page Count 462
Course Length 13 hours 51 minutes
ISBN 9781785287725
Date Of Publication 27 Nov 2015


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.