Cloud Computing: StackOps Speeds OpenStack Private Cloud Testing

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2011-06-20
 
 
 

Smart Installer

StackOps sports a free, Web-based smart installer application which stores cloud configurations. For single-node configurations, it isn't necessary to create an account on the service.

Smart Installer

Deploy Time

The Smart Installer Web app collects the configuration form responses to pass back to the relevant node when its time for deployment.

Deploy Time

Instance One

After firing up our first OpenStack instance, we could check on its status with the euca-describe-instances tool.

Instance One

Dual Node Configuration

The StackOps Smart Installer also allows for deploying dual or multi-node OpenStack installations.

Dual Node Configuration

Hypervisor Options

StackOps supports KVM and Qemu as hypervisor options. The slower qemu is required for compute nodes without hardware extensions for virtualization.

Hypervisor Options

Deployment Options

The fastest route to a test OpenStack instance is a single node deployment, but StackOps can work with dual and multinode configurations, as well.

Deployment Options

Controller Configuration

Single node installations require very little configuration fiddling to get working—there's little more to work out than which addresses on your test network to allocate for guest instances.

Controller Configuration

OpenStack Dashboard

The OpenStack project includes a reference implementation of a Web-based admin console, which enabled us to perform some basic functions.

OpenStack Dashboard

Rocket Fuel