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OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls pools of compute, storage, and networking resources on both Public & Private Clouds, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

OpenStack - Cloud Operating System

DNS Europe provides a full range of OpenStack-based services including:

  • Hosted OpenStack infrastructure
  • OpenStack private cloud management services
  • Remote support for on-premises & 3rd-party-hosted OpenStack deployments
  • Cloud Control Panel (CCP) for OpenStack - coming soon!

Flexible Architecture

OpenStack is architected to provide flexibility as you design your cloud, with no proprietary hardware or software requirements and the ability to integrate with legacy systems and third party technologies. It is designed to manage and automate pools of compute resources and can work with widely available virtualization technologies, as well as bare metal and high-performance computing (HPC) configurations.

Administrators often deploy OpenStack Compute using one of multiple supported hypervisors in a virtualized environment. KVM and XenServer are popular choices for hypervisor technology and recommended for most use cases. Linux container technology such as LXC is also supported for scenarios where users wish to minimize virtualization overhead and achieve greater efficiency and performance. In addition to different hypervisors, OpenStack supports ARM and alternative hardware architectures.

Tiered Storage

In addition to traditional enterprise-class storage technology, many organizations now have a variety of storage needs with varying performance and price requirements. OpenStack has support for both Object Storage and Block Storage, with many deployment options for each depending on the use case.

Object Storage is ideal for cost effective, scale-out storage. It provides a fully distributed, API-accessible storage platform that can be integrated directly into applications or used for backup, archiving and data retention. Block Storage allows block devices to be exposed and connected to compute instances for expanded storage, better performance and integration with enterprise storage platforms, such as NetApp, Nexenta and SolidFire.

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OpenStack product info

  • Service providers offering an IaaS compute platform or services higher up the stack
  • IT departments acting as cloud service providers for business units and project teams
  • Processing big data with tools like Hadoop
  • Scaling compute up and down to meet demand for web resources and applications
  • High-performance computing (HPC) environments processing diverse and intensive workloads
  • OpenStack provides redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of standardized servers
  • Objects and files are written to multiple disk drives spread throughout servers in the data center
  • Storage clusters scale horizontally simply by adding new inexpensive commodity servers
  • OpenStack provides persistent block level storage devices for use with OpenStack compute instances
  • The block storage system manages creating, attaching and detaching of the block devices to servers
  • In addition to using simple Linux server storage, support is included for numerous storage platforms
  • Appropriate for performance sensitive scenarios such as database storage and expandable file systems
  • Snapshot management provides functionality for backing up data stored on block storage volumes
  • Standard models include flat networks or VLANs for separation of servers and traffic.
  • OpenStack Networking manages IP addresses, allowing for dedicated static IPs or DHCP. Floating IPs allow traffic to be dynamically rerouted to any of your compute resources
  • Users can create their own networks, control traffic and connect servers and devices to networks
  • Pluggable backend architecture to leverage commodity gear or advanced networking services
  • Leverage software-defined networking (SDN) technology for multi-tenancy and massive scale
  • Extension framework supporting intrusion detection systems (IDS), load balancing, firewalls and VPNs
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