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Are there any non-commercial "holistic" OpenStack distributions?

asked 2016-01-27 09:31:56 -0500

mathias.s gravatar image

Suppose I want to start a private cloud for a small digital start-up and want to have a "holistic" experience, i.e., not only have the base OpenStack components, but also solutions for management issues, such as scaling, monitoring, backup, etc.. What OpenStack distribution would you recommend me which is 100% Open Source and does not have any vendor lock-in?

The reason why I'm asking: there are many OpenStack services available, which would allow me to rapidly provision such a private cloud, e.g., Platform9, StratoScale, ZeroStack, etc., but they all require me to have a vendor lock-in into their management software - even if the software I have to install on the servers is more or less 100% Open Stack. Even Mirantis who claim to be 100% Open Source needs me to sign a subscription agreement in order to download and use their software. I would suspect that other people would have started an open source OpenStack distribution in order to keep vendor lock-in at bay.

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OpenStack fuel project is trying to ease the pain of installation complexity. Fuel indeed eases the configuration of nodes roles and network aspects, however, Fuel will not cover all of your storage setup needs and can’t cover for the fact that OpenStack is siloed and lacking when it comes to manage

yaron parasol gravatar imageyaron parasol ( 2016-01-28 08:22:13 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-01-28 08:21:11 -0500

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OpenStack fuel project is trying to ease the pain of installation complexity. Fuel indeed eases the configuration of nodes roles and network aspects, however, Fuel will not cover all of your storage setup needs and can’t cover for the fact that OpenStack is siloed and lacking when it comes to management.

OpenStack doesn’t have good monitoring and policy tools for managing your workloads and rebalancing them across the cluster. It certainly doesn’t provide a singluar manager that takes care of cluster controllers and services high availability and self-healing. There isn’t even one good ops tool to manage your cluster. Finally, there is no built in upgrade orchestrator. 

For all of those reasons, there are commercial offerings (such as Stratoscale) that augment OpenStack core services while keeping the API to prevent your workload and automation from getting vendor-locked.

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Thank you for your good summary!

mathias.s gravatar imagemathias.s ( 2016-02-11 07:42:51 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-02-03 14:21:46 -0500

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OpenStack doesn't provide all the APIs you're looking for and some of the capabilities to quickly provision a private cloud are hidden in complex configuration file or do not exist in OpenStack. Stratoscale solution won't lock your workloads and automation since it has 100% OpenStack APIs and it will also it will provide you with the management layer and capabilities that will provide a fast enterprise grade cloud.

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