Can I run OpenStack partially on ESXi?

asked 2015-07-07 22:02:54 -0500

jam4ar gravatar image

I have a small VMWare ESXi 5.5 cluster, but I don't have the licensing level to have the necessary features to use VIO. To get them, it'd cost a small fortune.

I'm wondering if I could configure OpenStack to use some VMs on the cluster for things like the Controller, Block Storage, Network, etc.. and then run nova and the hypervisors on bare metal linux boxes that I already have.

Has anyone had any experience in doing this? Is it a bad idea? Am I just setting myself up for headache later?

I think my biggest concern is the networking component running on ESXi, but I'm sure there could be other issues.

I'm not married to the idea, but I don't know how else I can build the install otherwise. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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