How to run, test, try Openstack on a Public Cloud like AWS, Azure, etc.?

asked 2013-11-07 10:26:43 -0600

anonymous user


I want to play with Openstack and only have access to public cloud machines like AWS, Azure, etc...(Also have free trial credits on those) Would be open to Rackspace Public, etc. though...

AWS won't let it happen (VMs don't run inside of VMs there)..I think. Tried Juju and just a VM for each service on AWS (Cinder&Nova compute fail). AWS Nanostack fails.

I can fire up an ubuntu instance on Azure and tried devstack (installed but VMs fail to start), cloudhyd (same problem), dodai-deploy fails to start the openstack services, vagrant/virtualbox (ala Openstack Cookbook 2nd ed) - vagrant hangs

So many fails...

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answered 2013-11-07 12:25:26 -0600

lorin gravatar image

If you configure the back-end for QEMU inside of KVM, it should work fine inside of a public cloud, although VMs will probably run slowly. This is the default configuration of DevStack. I've run it inside of both Vagrant (VirtualBox) and Rackspace Public Cloud (Xen), it works great.

For more details, see a couple of my github projects:

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answered 2014-02-25 07:50:09 -0600

walt gravatar image

I successfully ran devstack out of the box against a kvm instance running on Ubuntu 12.04 created with Virt-Manager. The performance was suprisingly spritely. Yes, it is slower than bare metal but your tire-kicking, not running Martian insertion orbits real-time.

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answered 2013-11-07 22:32:40 -0600

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updated 2013-11-07 22:33:04 -0600

lorin is correct, use devstack but don't expect it to be fast as its primary intention is for testing and development.

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answered 2014-09-23 16:55:35 -0600

Azure's VM Depot has a community image for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Devstack preloaded in it. You can just copy it, boot it, start Devstack, and away you go.

Here are the (details) on running the image.

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answered 2014-09-02 04:46:06 -0600

I just installed Openstack using Packstack on a Openlogic CentOS 6.5 VM in Azure, Standard_A2 (2 cores, 3.5 GB memory). Dashboard works, Nagios works, created and launched an instance.

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answered 2015-03-21 03:55:06 -0600

Aqsa gravatar image

A complete guide for an OpenStack set up on Microsoft Azure. (

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answered 2015-05-02 10:24:09 -0600

Aqsa gravatar image

We have deployed the OpenStack multi-node environment on Microsoft Azure. Here is the tutorial to help you guyz (

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answered 2017-05-25 13:53:28 -0600

meg87 gravatar image

Here's a useful guide for setting up OpenStack on AWS: ( Then check our AWS services out

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