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Add Some Fuel to Quickly Deploy OpenStack

Using Fuel from Mirantis to deploy OpenStack

OpenStack is an OpenSource offering of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). For a review, here is a quick overview of IaaS and OpenStack.

OpenStack is admittedly not trivial to manually install. I have started a manual install beginning with the Identity Service (keystone) here, other modules to follow.

To simplify the deployment of OpenStack some organizations and vendors offer scripts or downloads:

  1. OpenStack offers a scripted install
  2. Dell open-sourced crowbar
  3. RackSpace offers Alamo
  4. Mirantis offers Fuel which I will cover in this article.
Fuel from Mirantis, is basically a "DIY" or Do It Yourself kit to accelerate your deployment of OpenStack.
Fuel gives you:

  • Free access to a step-by-step deployment guide
  • Guidance on optimal hardware configuration and logical deployment.
  • Pre-built automation for a range of proven deployment designs.

Fuel allows you to use a configuration management tool such as Puppet to install and setup the OpenStack (Folsom) components.  The Puppet scripts can be re-used, configured and shared.
The basic procedure is as follows:
  1. Use Fuel’s automation tools and instructions to setup a server/node/instance with Puppetmaster and Cobbler.
  2. Use Fuel's snippets, kickstart files, and preseed files for Cobbler to boot the appropriate servers from bare metal and automatically install the appropriate OSs. These virtual or physical servers boot up and contact Puppet Master to receive their respective OpenStack components.
  3. Use Fuel's puppet manifests to install OpenStack on the servers. These manifests are customizable, enabling you to start with one of the included OpenStack architectures and adapt to your own architecture as required. Fuel ships with configurations for single-node, multi-node without HA and multi-node with HA.
Fuel is an ISO which you download and install into a physical or virtual server - 16 GB disk, 1 GB memory and 1 CPU is all that is required to get started and deploy OpenStack.....

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Jonathan Gershater has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1996, primarily doing system and sales engineering specializing in: Web Applications, Identity and Security. At Red Hat, he provides Technical Marketing for Virtualization and Cloud. Prior to joining Red Hat, Jonathan worked at 3Com, Entrust (by acquisition) two startups, Sun Microsystems and Trend Micro.

(The views expressed in this blog are entirely mine and do not represent my employer - Jonathan).