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Initial OpenStack Planning/Setup

asked 2014-09-23 11:47:21 -0600

BuckMurdock42 gravatar image

Hello everyone,

I'm sorry if this question has been asked already, but a brief search didnt reveal anything.

I attended a 3 day training class a couple of weeks ago and I didn't really get a straight answer from the instructor and I can't seem to find straight answers on the internet so I thought I would check here.

At my company, we are looking at setting up OpenStack for our Dev team.

I was wondering what are the minimum hardware requirements. When I look around I seem to get 2 paths, but it looks like I'll need at least a minimum of 2 physical servers, one control node and one compute node. My question is, do I need a separate switch? We're a fairly small company (about 150 people) with a small infrastructure as well. I don't think HA is very important since this is primarily for our Dev team to test their software so it would seem that it could exist on our existing network without too much trouble. We have a very flat network, and it's probably in need of some subnetting, and I'd probably start with the OpenStack environment to start building out a seperate subnet for the virtuals.

Does anyone have any good documentation or insight they could provide? I'm the only IT guy here and my networking skills aren't all that great, which is why i'm asking what the best configuration would be.

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answered 2014-09-23 12:52:20 -0600

SGPJ gravatar image

For small team OVS is enough which is in built, however if you are expanding then go with switch/ router. For RHEL/Fedora installation you could also use PackStack and the --install-hosts argument to streamline this type of deployment.

The OpenStack Basic Installation guides provide some guidance on getting a basic 2-3 node deployment installed and running:



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