OpenStack for Architects

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  • Familiarize yourself with the components of OpenStack
  • Build an increasingly complex OpenStack lab deployment
  • Write compelling documentation for the architecture teams within your organization
  • Apply Agile configuration management techniques to deploy OpenStack
  • Integrate OpenStack with your organization's identity management, provisioning, and billing systems
  • Configure a robust virtual environment for users to interact with
  • Use enterprise security guidelines for your OpenStack deployment
  • Create a product roadmap that delivers functionality quickly to the users of your platform

Over the last five years, hundreds of organizations have successfully implemented Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack. The huge amount of investment from these organizations, industry giants such as IBM and HP, as well as open source leaders such as Red Hat have led analysts to label OpenStack as the most important open source technology since the Linux operating system. Because of its ambitious scope, OpenStack is a complex and fast-evolving open source project that requires a diverse skill-set to design and implement it.

This guide leads you through each of the major decision points that you'll face while architecting an OpenStack private cloud for your organization. At each point, we offer you advice based on the experience we've gained from designing and leading successful OpenStack projects in a wide range of industries. Each chapter also includes lab material that gives you a chance to install and configure the technologies used to build production-quality OpenStack clouds. Most importantly, we focus on ensuring that your OpenStack project meets the needs of your organization, which will guarantee a successful rollout.

  • Explore the various design choices available for cloud architects within an OpenStack deployment
  • Craft an OpenStack architecture and deployment pipeline to meet the unique needs of your organization
  • Create a product roadmap for Infrastructure as a Service in your organization using this hands-on guide
Page Count 214
Course Length 6 hours 25 minutes
ISBN 9781784395100
Date Of Publication 6 Feb 2017


Michael Solberg

Michael Solberg, as a chief architect, is responsible for helping Red Hat customers achieve their key business transformation initiatives through open source architectures and technologies. His previous experience includes building a web hosting infrastructure, helping enterprises migrate to Linux, and designing new Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms. He is an avid supporter of the OpenStack project and a regular speaker at industry events.

Ben Silverman

Ben Silverman, the Chief Cloud Officer for the service provider/Telco team at OnX. Previously, Ben has worked as a Sr. system architect for Mirantis and as the lead architect for American Express's first OpenStack cloud. He is also responsible for the OpenStack Architecture Guide online and leads the Phoenix OpenStack User's group. He holds a degree in English communications and a master's degree in information management from Arizona State University.

He has also been a technical reviewer of the book, Learning OpenStack, by Packt Publishing.