Four ways to manage OpenStack instances
Admins have four options to stop and restart a Nova compute instance in OpenStack: pause, suspend, shelve or stop. An incorrect action, however, could waste resources or even make the instance unrestorable. Read Now
Customize OpenStack Horizon to suit your management needs
OpenStack management is easier when admins can view information about their cloud resources that's most meaningful to them. Learn how to customize aspects of the OpenStack Horizon dashboard, such as themes, navigation and alerts. Read Now
OpenStack simplifies autoscaling with Senlin and Heat
OpenStack Senlin is a clustering service that, when used with Heat templates, optimizes autoscaling tasks. Follow these sample configurations to get started. Read Now
Evolve your OpenStack environment for multi-cloud deployment
Hybrid and multi-cloud continue to rise in popularity, including within the OpenStack community. But before you move toward one of those models, prepare for these possible data management and portability challenges. Read Now
Unlike AWS, Azure and Google, OpenStack is an open source cloud computing platform. This offers an enterprise more flexibility in terms of cloud infrastructure deployment and can help alleviate vendor lock-in concerns.
This flexibility, however, often comes at the cost of complex OpenStack management challenges. In addition to being more of a DIY cloud platform for enterprises, OpenStack constantly evolves. While this means new functionality around containers, security and more, it also introduces more moving parts for cloud admins to manage.
Fortunately, there are a number of native OpenStack management services, third-party tools and best practices that can help simplify the deployment and ongoing operation of the platform. Use this comprehensive guide to navigate the ins and outs of the OpenStack platform and overcome the toughest management hurdles.
1Container management on OpenStack
As enterprises seek greater workload portability across hybrid and multi-cloud models, containers are often the answer. With the popularity of Docker and Kubernetes, the OpenStack community has evolved the platform to support these services, alongside some native container tools. Through Magnum, for example, users have access to popular container orchestration engines, including Kubernetes. Additional tools, such as Kolla and Kuryr, enable enterprises to deploy production-ready containers and connect them to other containers and VM instances. However, some of these container services still have some growing up to do.
OpenShift on OpenStack can combat container management challenges
For many IT teams, the introduction of containers into an existing virtualized environment brings a new set of management challenges. The OpenShift platform, according to Red Hat, is one way to address these issues on OpenStack. Read Now
2How much do you know about OpenStack?
OpenStack has many components, such as Nova, Heat and Glance, that cover a range of services -- but do you know what each of them does? Put your knowledge to the test.