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What is "undercloud" exactly?

asked 2014-09-02 22:41:44 -0600

Germy Lure gravatar image

What is "undercloud"? And "overcloud"? What's the difference?

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answered 2014-09-03 03:01:10 -0600

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You need to have seed first.

A Seed VM is a bootable KVM VM image provided as part of HP Helion OpenStack and is deployed in a VM instance. This image contains the minimum services required of OpenStack to function and to be able to provision physical hardware to deploy the Undercloud. The services are Nova, Neutron, Glance, Keystone, Ironic & Heat.

Undercloud: In simple - single node or all in one setup.

The Undercloud server is a basic, single-node, OpenStack installation running on a single physical server used to deploy, test, manage, and update the overcloud servers. There is no HA configuration for the Undercloud.

It contains a strictly limited sub-set of OpenStack, just enough to interact with the Overcloud. The services running on Undercloud are Nova, Neutron, Glance, Keystone, Ironic, Heat, Horizon & Ceilometer. This server also contains HP Helion content distribution catalog service, which provides a mechanism to download and install content and updates for the Overcloud.

The Undercloud also hosts images for various server types which will form the functional cloud environment - the Overcloud. These images are Overcloud Controller, Overcloud Compute, Overcloud Swift & Overcloud Compute Proxy (required for cloud which supports VMWare ESX as a hypervisor).

This is the second phase of the HP Helion OpenStack installation.


The Overcloud is the functional cloud available to run guest virtual machines and workloads. It offers access to Nova, Neutron, Glance, Keystone, Cinder, Swift, Ironic, Heat, Horizon, and Ceilometer services.

Setting up the Overcloud completes the overall Helion Openstack installation process.

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How to get a seed ?

Germy Lure gravatar imageGermy Lure ( 2014-09-03 07:05:15 -0600 )edit

Please check in this site: It comes integrated along with stack.

SGPJ gravatar imageSGPJ ( 2014-09-03 08:17:10 -0600 )edit

I tried several times. I cannot register successfully. I need pay some money or something else?

I also cannot download HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition.

Germy Lure gravatar imageGermy Lure ( 2014-09-03 21:17:28 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-03 00:15:05 -0600

updated 2014-09-03 00:15:23 -0600

Undercloud is basically a baremetal server which contains essentially all the openstack compnents and complete openstack installation that is used to deploy overcloud. Pls refer to this link for more information.

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