OpenStack: Building a Cloud Environment

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  • Get an introduction to OpenStack and its components
  • Store and retrieve data and images using storage components, such as Cinder, Swift, and Glance
  • Install and configure Swift, the OpenStack Object Storage service, including configuring Container Replication between datacenters
  • Gain hands on experience and familiarity with Horizon, the OpenStack Dashboard user interface
  • Learn how to automate OpenStack installations using Ansible and Foreman
  • Follow practical advice and examples for running OpenStack in production
  • Fix common issues with images served through Glance and master the art of troubleshooting Neutron networking

OpenStack is a collection of software projects that work together to provide a cloud fabric.

Learning OpenStack Cloud Computing course is an exquisite guide that you will need to build cloud environments proficiently. This course will help you gain a clearer understanding of OpenStack’s components and their interaction with each other to build a cloud environment.

The first module, Learning OpenStack, starts with a brief look into the need for authentication and authorization, the different aspects of dashboards, cloud computing fabric controllers, along with 'Networking as a Service' and 'Software defined Networking'. Then, you will focus on installing, configuring, and troubleshooting different architectures such as Keystone, Horizon, Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Swift, and Glance. After getting familiar with the fundamentals and application of OpenStack, let's move deeper into the realm of OpenStack.

In the second module, OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, preview how to build and operate OpenStack cloud computing, storage, networking, and automation. Dive into Neutron, the OpenStack Networking service, and get your hands dirty with configuring ML2, networks, routers, and distributed virtual routers. Further, you'll learn practical examples of Block Storage, LBaaS, and FBaaS.

The final module, Troubleshooting OpenStack, will help you quickly diagnose, troubleshoot, and correct problems in your OpenStack. We will diagnose and remediate issues in Keystone, Glance, Neutron networking, Nova, Cinder block storage, Swift object storage, and issues caused by Heat orchestration.

This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Harness the abilities of experienced OpenStack administrators and architects, and run your own private cloud successfully
  • Learn how to install, configure, and manage all of the OpenStack core projects including topics on Object Storage, Block Storage, and Neutron Networking services such as LBaaS and FWaaS
  • Get better equipped to troubleshoot and solve common problems in performance, availability, and automation that confront production-ready OpenStack environments
Page Count 807
Course Length 24 hours 12 minutes
ISBN 9781787123182
Date Of Publication 18 Sep 2016


Alok Shrivastwa

Alok Shrivastwa is a technologist from India, currently working as the Director of special projects for Microland in the CMD's office. He currently runs special projects on cloud technologies. Having worked at multiple enterprises of varied sizes, designing and implementing solutions, public and private clouds, and integrations, he has created a myriad number of tools and intellectual properties in the operationalization of emerging technologies. He has authored two books on OpenStack alongside several white papers and blogs on technology, in addition to writing poems in Hindi.

Sunil Sarat

Sunil Sarat is the vice president of Cloud and Mobility Services at Microland Ltd, an India-based global hybrid IT infrastructure services provider.

He played a key role in setting up and running emerging technology practices dealing with areas such as public/private cloud (AWS and Azure, VMware vCloud Suite, Microsoft, and OpenStack), hybrid IT (VMware vRealize Automation/Orchestration, Chef, and Puppet), enterprise mobility (Citrix Xenmobile and VMware Airwatch), VDI /app virtualization (VMware Horizon Suite, Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, Microsoft RDS, and AppV), and associated transformation services.

He is a technologist and a business leader with an expertise in creating new practices/service portfolios and in building and managing high performance teams, strategy definition, technology roadmaps, and 24/7 global remote infrastructure operations. He has varied experiences in handling diverse functions such as innovation/technology, service delivery, transition, presales/solutions, and automation.

He has authored white papers, blogs, and articles on various technology- and service-related areas. Also, he is a speaker at cloud-related events and reviews technical books. He has reviewed the books Learning Airwatch and Mastering VMware Horizon 6, Packt Publishing.

He holds various industry certifications in the areas of compute, storage, and security and also has an MBA degree in marketing.

Besides technology and business, he is passionate about filmmaking and is a part-time filmmaker as well.

For more information, you can visit his Linkedin profile at or follow him at @sunilsarat.

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is married and has three children. He is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience, working with businesses and enterprises of all sizes at Rackspace, as an OpenStack and private cloud specialist. Kevin has been working with OpenStack since the fist release, and he has extensive experience of various flavors of Linux, Unix, and hosting environments. Kevin authored the fist edition of this book, and coauthored the second and third editions. Kevin also coauthored OpenStack Architecture Design Guide, OpenStack Foundation, during a 5-day book sprint in California. He also regularly speaks at OpenStack community events.

Cody Bunch

Cody Bunch is a principal architect in the Rackspace Private Cloud group, based out of San Antonio, Texas. Cody has been working with OpenStack since early 2012, coauthored the second edition of this book, and also coauthored OpenStack Security Guide, OpenStack Foundation. Cody has extensive experience with virtualized and cloud environments in variously sized enterprises and hosting environments.

Egle Sigler

Egle Sigler is an OpenStack Foundation board member and a principal architect in the Rackspace Private Cloud group, based out of San Antonio, Texas. Egle holds an MS degree in computer science. She started her career as a software developer and still has a soft spot for all the people who write, test, and deploy code, since she has had the chance to do all of these tasks throughout her career. Egle dreams about a day when writing, testing, and deploying code will be a seamless and easy process—bug and frustration free for all. Egle believes that knowledge should be shared and has tried to do this by writing this book, giving talks and workshops at conferences, and blogging.

Tony Campbell

Tony Campbell grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley where he had access and exposure to many technology companies that led the Internet boom. He started programming in the early 90s and has been hooked since then. Tony is committed to helping others understand and successfully adopt OpenStack.