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Modern Linux Administration by Sam R. Alapati

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Chapter 12. Enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service Using Openstack

Openstack is open source software that runs on commodity software, and helps you create both private and public clouds. OpenStack also helps you manage, monitor, and deploy private and public clouds of infrastructure, and the applications that run on the infrastructure).

As its website states, OpenStack is “software to control your cloud”. The OpenStack software lets you control vast amounts of compute, storage, and network resources both through a dashboard, as well as via the OpenStack API. It allows users to control all the resources through a central dashboard, and to provision resources through a web interface.

The OpenStack project is a popular open source cloud management package. It provides a common platform to manage clouds of servers, networks, storage resources, and application resources as well. Today, OpenStack is ubiquitous – major cloud based enterprises such as Rackspace, PayPal, IBM, and EBay use OpenStack to run their private clouds.

OpenStack is unmatched in terms of the range and depth of services it provides. As a system administrator or architect, there’s no other single product that offers the same amount of benefits to you and your organization as OpenStack.

Openstack is simple to implement and highly scalable, with numerous features, and its goal is to meet the needs of both public and private clouds of any size. It provides an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution through a set ...

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