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10 Ways To Get Started with Nutanix and OpenStack

by Community Manager on ‎04-27-2016 05:40 PM (5,983 Views)

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This week the team was attending the OpenStack Summit in Austin, and I wanted to pull together some Nutanix + OpenStack blogs that were published this month. If you are interested in getting started with Nutanix and OpenStack, this selection of blog posts will help get you on the fast track.

 

One easy way to get started with Nutanix is to download our Community Edition. Community Edition is a 100% software solution in which you can now experience the same Nutanix technology that powers the data centers of thousands of leading enterprises around the world.

 

Hope you enjoy these ten post from our community

 

Why build OpenStack Cloud using Nutanix Acropolis?

We introduced AHV drivers for OpenStack in the recently released AOS 4.6 to build further out on our Enterprise cloud strategy. A key pillar of our vision is to provide choice to customers when deciding how to build a cloud to meet their business SLAs.

 

Where does Nutanix fit with my OpenStack environment?

OpenStack is a powerful tool for many organizations, especially those looking to give their IT users the Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) experience they would get with the public cloud.

 

Getting Started with OpenStack: Nutanix Integration in 5 minutes

Chris Brown, Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, put together this cool video showing how Nutanix quickly integrates with your choice of OpenStack controller and provides complete automation with Nova, Cinder, Glance, and Neutron drivers.

 

Openstack + Nutanix : Nova and Cinder integration

It’s time to look at the steps required to launch virtual machine (VM) instances and setup appropriate storage.  The first steps to take are to provide the necessary network access rules for the VM’s if they don’t already exist.

 

Openstack + Nutanix: Glance Image Service

This post will cover the retrieval of base or cloud OS images via the Openstack Glance image service and how the Acropolis driver interacts with Glance and maintains the image data on the Nutanix Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF).

 

Openstack + Nutanix : Neutron Networking

In this post I intend to talk about setting up a Network Topology using the Openstack dashboard and the Neutron service integration with Nutanix. I will be able to show how this gets reflected in the Acropolis Prism GUI.

 

Openstack + Nutanix Integration : A Configuration Primer

As of Acropolis Base Software (NOS) version 4.6, Nutanix released a set of Acropolis drivers that provide OpenStack + Nutanix integration.

 

Nutanix AHV, OpenStack & vRealize Automation

There has been a lot of discussions lately around vRealize Automation (vRA) and AHV, formerly known as Acropolis Hypervisor, integrations and if it possible to manage AHV based virtual machines (VMs) via vRA.

 

Nutanix OpenStack Part II – Project & User Management

Now when we have the solution up and running it’s time to create the Projects needed and for those of you who have never worked with OpenStack a project can be considered a Tenant in other solutions.

 

Nutanix OpenStack Part I – Deployment

This will be the first blog post in a series that will cover the Nutanix OpenStack solution and what could be better than starting with the deployment. 

Chris Brown, Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, put together this cool video showing how Nutanix quickly integrates with your choice of OpenStack controller and provides complete automation with Nova, Cinder, Glance, and Neutron drivers. Check out the full documentation on portal.nutanix.com for all the commands used in this video.

 

 

Continue the conversation on the community forums and let others know what cool things you are doing with Nutanix and OpenStack. 

 

PS. Tag your material OpenStack to make it easier to find in the forums

 

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Where does Nutanix fit with my OpenStack environment?

by Community Manager ‎04-19-2016 07:07 AM - edited ‎04-19-2016 07:24 AM (10,776 Views)

OpenStack is a powerful tool for many organizations, especially those looking to give their IT users the Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) experience they would get with the public cloud.  It also provides a neutral ground for your infrastructure, allowing you to integrate your entire stack into a single automation plane no matter how many vendors are involved.  Starting in AOS 4.6 Nutanix AHV offers full integration with your choice of OpenStack controller, as long as you run version Kilo. Let’s take a look at how this works!

 

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A Nutanix OpenStack deployment is made up of 3 components:

 

  • OpenStack Controller (OSC)
    • This can be an existing or new deployment that hosts the OpenStack UI, API, and services. This handles all of the OpenStack API calls and is your main point of management for OpenStack
  • Acropolis OpenStack Drivers
    • These translate OpenStack RPCs from the OSC into Acropolis API calls transparently. These allow you to utilize existing OpenStack automation or create new ones using the standard OpenStack API.  The drivers can be deployed in 2 modes
    • Integrated on the OSC. The drivers can be installed directly on the OSC removing the need for additional VMs and following the OSC’s scaling/load balancing
    • Standalone package. The drivers are also available in a standalone VM 
  • Acropolis OpenStack Services VM (OVM)
    • Available from portal.nutanix.com, this is an all-in-one VM that provides the drivers and easy integration to the OSC with a few simple commands. The OVM is stateless, which means it can easily be scaled out by simply deploying more and putting them behind a load balancer
    • The OVM is also available in an all-in-one mode for test/dev and lab environments that provides both the drivers and OSC in a single package. The OSC in this mode is very simple to deploy. However, it’s important to note that in all-in-one mode the drivers are supported by Nutanix but the OpenStack deployment is not.

Where does Nutanix fit in with my OpenStack environment?

 

An OpenStack deployment is made of many layers, depending on the features and services you require.  At its core, however, is the infrastructure.  Cinder, Neutron, and Nova provide the resource management needed for storage, networking, and compute respectively. Glance provides images for your users to deploy VMs from.

 

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As you can see here, Nutanix sits at the core, providing the IaaS base for OpenStack.  This gives your OpenStack deployment many benefits:

 

Related: Why build OpenStack Cloud using Nutanix Acropolis? ]

 

Turnkey -  Nutanix provides simple to use building blocks for private clouds. You can easily scale compute and storage linearly removing bottlenecks common with 3-tier architecture.  One-click operations for cluster expansion and rapid procurement means that you have what you need when you need it, saving on expensive overprovisioning. 

 

Simple – Nutanix Prism offers integrated break-fix procedures for all the hardware and proactive monitoring for things that might cause problems down the road.  Prism now also offers predicative capacity planning, allowing you to easily see based on your growth rates how long your infrastructure will last, including ways to squeeze the most out of it by identifying stale and overprovisioned VMs.

 

Resilient – Nutanix Acropolis offers automated self-healing and a rich set of options to keep your critical data safe, including integrated data protection and VM-centric features such as VM Snapshots, live migrations, and high availability.  In a study by IDC, Nutanix environments had 98% lower unexpected downtime compared to traditional systems.

 

Integrated – With Nutanix Acropolis providing built-in storage and virtualization with AHV, the entire infrastructure is delivered from a single vendor, radically simplifying integration and giving you single-number support for all your infrastructure needs. As an integrated stack, Prism offers one-click non-disruptive software management for everything in the infrastructure (BIOS/BMC/Storage/Hypervisor) meaning there’s no need for expensive professional services to upgrade your system or long planning periods to avoid issues.

  

And that’s just the beginning!  There are many benefits to backing your OpenStack deployment with Nutanix infrastructure.  To learn more (and to download our CE edition to play with AHV for yourself) be sure to visit the Next forums at next.nutanix.com, follow us on Twitter and be sure to come visit us at the OpenStack Summit next week (we’ll be there with Intel).

 

This post is authored by Chris Brown, Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix

 

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