Thursday, August 7, 2014

A quick overview of OpenStack technology

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OpenStack is an open source software that allows for the deployment and management of a cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform. OpenStack supports both private and public cloud deployments. It fulfills two main requirements of the cloud: massive scalability and simplicity of implementation.

OpenStack is highly configurable: the user can choose whether or not to implement several services offered by the software. The configuration of each component is also up to the user and is easily made through the application programming interface (API) the tool provides. Therefore, there are many different ways to use OpenStack, which makes it a flexible tool that is able to work along with other software.

Another reason to adopt OpenStack is that it supports different hypervisors (Xen, VMware or kernel-based virtual machine [KVM] for instance) and several virtualization technologies (such as bare metal or high-performance computing).

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