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We no longer need to tell you about the benefits of the Cloud. Scalability, redundancy and flexibility… And these are only a few of the reasons why you should choose to keep your data and have your applications run in the cloud. For this, you can use a private cloud – your own servers in data centres of e.g. Combell. But you can also go for public cloud services provided by commercial providers, such as Microsoft, VMware or Amazon. Anyhow, each solution provides its own isolated cloud environment.
This is why, in July 2010, the OpenStack project was launched, with NASA as one of the main driving forces. The aim was to offer all organisations – small and large – a way to have hardware run in a standardized manner in the cloud by means of a sort of operating system.
The OpenStack Foundation was established in 2012. Today, it has more than 6,700 members from 83 countries. Large companies from around the world, such as IBM, Dell, Redhat and Cisco, use OpenStack, but they also contribute to its development.
Because, just like Linux, Openstack is an open source project, with a very lively community. Any developer can thus contribute to the code, which is mainly written in Python, and use OpenStack for free, under the Apache 2.0 license. Since OpenStack is open source, the developer can perfectly adapt the code to the individual needs of his customer.
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The name “OpenStack” relates to three aspects: the software project, the open source foundation of the same name, and the OpenStack community. In this article, we will focus exclusively on the software project.
OpenStack is actually a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. This Infrastructure as a Service makes it easy to quickly add a new instance, on which other cloud components can run. Via a dashboard and APIs, you can deploy virtual machines and other instances on the fly. A typical application is a “platform” on which a developer can create software applications that are delivered to end users.
Since OpenStack is open source, anyone can add extra components to help meet their needs. However, the OpenStack community has collaboratively identified 9 components that constitute the “core” of OpenStack. Therefore, they are officially supported and maintained by the community. These 9 components are:
Agility: you can deploy and provide services much faster, but also scale down if necessary.
Better control: via the API, you can access all the components of the stack and manage them directly.
Scalability: according to your needs, you can enable or disable servers, virtual machines and instances with just a click of a button. You only pay for what you use!
In the Templates section, you can define the layout of a server, so that your new servers can be installed automatically based on the template.
Combell is aware of the potential and the user-friendliness of OpenStack, and has therefore decided, a few months ago, to include it in its range of services. Read more about this in the article “OpenStack’s three main benefits” written by Wesley Hof, OpenStack evangelist at Combell.
For more information about options and prices, please check Combell’s OpenStack range. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our OpenStack specialist Siegfried Deleyn or his colleagues.
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