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OpenStack is E-Commerce software for DataCenter Resources

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Guest Post: Rick Evans, Sr Evangelism Technologist, HP Helion 

 

Yesterday a colleague asked me the following question:

 

> ... One of my students tells me he is using OpenStack for all of his virtualization. 

> I asked him what is OpenStack talking to under the covers, because I was under the

> impression that OpenStack had to use some sort of hypervisor.  He tells me that his

> company uses only OpenStack.  ????  Is that possible?  Or am I correct that OpenStack

> has to use VMware or KVM or something to do the virtualization?

 

This is not a new question. I hear some variation of this all the time.

 

The title of this blog is my pithy  simplified (over-simplified?) answer. But it is a good answer.

 

datacenter.jpgJust like an E-Commerce system, OpenStack enables Self-Service allocation of resources from your inventory. In this case: your inventory of virtual machines, data storage, and networking.

 

Just like an E-Commerce system, OpenStack enables your user to customize their order so they get what they want. Granted,  OpenStack lets customer constantly adjust their order, but that's only because OpenStack is more of a self-service leasing system rather than a Sales system.

 

Just like an E-Commerce system, OpenStack integrates with your inventory and bookkeeping system. A good E-Commerce system does not replace your warehouse manage system nor your accounting software. Likewise, OpenStack does not replace hypervisors, storage arrays, nor networking systems. OpenStack INTEGRATES with hypervisors, storage arrays, and networking systems. And OpenStack has very little in the way of chargeback/showback reports relying instead on 3rd party systems for those business functions. OpenStack is a management system the keeps track of who has allocated what in your datacenter and drives the allocation (and de-allocation) of those resources, but does not directly allocate (nor de-allocate) those resources itself.

 

And just like E-Commerce systems, you can use a system hosted by a Service Provider, or host the software on your own computers. In Cloud-Computing jargon we call this: Public-Cloud vs. Private Cloud.  OpenStack is your best bet for hosting a Private Cloud, i.e., hosting your Cloud “E-Commerce” system in your own private datacenter.

 

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Stephen_Spector

I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and Xen.org at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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