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what is the difference between heat and Tosca templates?

asked 2016-01-22 03:21:03 -0500

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In these days,I have learned Tacker. Tacker uses TOSCA template for NFVD and NSD. But I know heat use HOT template to creat stack. So I want to know what is the difference between these two templates,and can heat use TOSCA templates?

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answered 2016-02-01 10:56:46 -0500

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They're two similar ways of doing similar things. TOSCA is an OASIS standard. It's extremely general (which, depending on your point of view, can be another way of saying "complex"). Heat was developed to be a native part of OpenStack, and evolved from something very similar to AWS CloudFormation.

If I had to distill it down to one sentence I would probably say that TOSCA is targeted more at Enterprise workloads, whereas Heat is targeted more at Cloud workloads. That's a gross simplification though.

There is an OpenStack project called heat-translator that is designed to allow some TOSCA templates to be translated to HOT to run on Heat. I gather that good progress has been made, but don't expect every TOSCA template to work out of the box. FWIW the Heat and TOSCA teams have worked together to some extent to avoid gratuitous impedance mismatches.

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" gratuitous impedance mismatches" - :)

foobar gravatar imagefoobar ( 2018-09-02 10:58:54 -0500 )edit

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