OpenStack tutorial: A guide for cloud providers

Last updated:July 2013

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There's no shortage of hype around OpenStack, and not all of it is unfounded. Large cloud providers such as Rackspace have launched OpenStack-based services, and the open source project has major backing from a slew of big-name vendors and service providers. Yet while the cloud-building platform's stability and feature set have improved with each release, many providers are still reticent to roll it out in a production environment. This OpenStack tutorial will explore the readiness of OpenStack to build a cloud services environment, how viable of an alternative it is to other platforms and what its Quantum networking component can offer cloud providers.

1Two open source cloud initiatives, lots of decisions

OpenStack and CloudStack share some similarities, so it can be hard to know which open source cloud platform to adopt. The two may be perceived rivals, but it is possible for providers to take advantage of both.

2How cloud providers are using OpenStack

Whether providers choose to offer OpenStack-based cloud services or incorporate the technology into newly acquired assets, OpenStack is changing how cloud providers do business. In this section of our OpenStack tutorial, find examples of how major providers such as Rackspace, IBM and HP are using OpenStack today.