Essentials for OpenStack (OSE)


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As architects and engineers, you’re responsible for evaluating OpenStack from an architectural perspective. We’ll get you on the road with a concise, focused exploration of OpenStack architecture with our Essentials module. You’ll learn what makes OpenStack unique as cloud architecture, how it’s different than traditional virtualization, and where it's best applied in customer environments. We’ll open up the hood and show you how it ticks, talk about some key challenges and decisions, and get you behind the wheel to take OpenStack for a drive.

Target Audience

This course is designed for Cloud Architects, Data Center Architects, Solution Architects, Systems Engineers, and Pre-Sales Engineers who need to evaluate and recommend OpenStack solutions for their IT organization or for their customers. 


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to understand the difference between traditional visualization and evaluating OpenStack from an architectural perspective and what applications it's beneficial for.

Full Course Outline

Module 1: Cutting Through the Hype 

  • What is OpenStack?
  • A Brief History
  • How It's Different than Traditional Virtualization
  • Why Cloud-Based Applications Are Driving Adoption
  • Roll Your Own or Run for Cover? 

Module 2: Putting It to Work: Designing Cloud Services with OpenStack 

  • Private Clouds
  • Public Clouds
  • Hybrid Clouds
  • IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, DRaaS 

Module 3: What's Under the Hood: OpenStack Services Overview 

  • Compute Services
  • Hypervisor and Container Support
  • Storage Services
  • Networking Services
  • Management Services
  • Application Services 

Module 4: Managing OpenStack: Dashboards to DevOps

  • Monitoring
  • Metering
  • Identity Management
  • Orchestration and Automation
  • APIs, Programmability, and DevOps 

Module 5: Wading In – Deployment and Operation

  • Criteria for Choosing
  • Deployment Tools PuppetLabs
  • Chef
  • The Foreman
  • Triple-O
  • Vendor Deployment Tools DevStack 

Hands-On Lab: Provision an All-in-One OpenStack Node with DevStack

  • Installing DevStack
  • Join a Compute Node
  • Create a Tenant
  • Create a Tenant Network
  • Deploy a Micro-Instance
  • Create a Security Group and Rules
  • Monitoring the Deployment
  • Creating an Orchestration Workflow  
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