Published On: Mon, Jun 12th, 2017

How To Deploy Openstack

More and more people are opting for the cloud in order to help their businesses save time, money, for the ability to work remotely, and employ a disaster recovery plan. When you have to deploy and maintain a cloud infrastructure for the first time, you may feel at a loss as to where you should start. It requires both coordination and the mobilization of resources and you have to adapt the openstack to meet your specific needs for accessibility, storage capacity, security, and more.  As well as managing the individual services the cloud provides you with, you will also have to orchestrate it so that everything works well together. To make Openstack deployment easier, it’s advisable to use openstack deployment tools.

With no one size fits all installer for everyone to use, there are a lot of different options to choose from. Before settling on the right tools for you, there are few questions you will need to ask yourself. The first should be whether you have the internal expertise you need for Openstack deployment or whether you need to call in outside help or provide additional training. If you already have database administrators, there’s a good chance you can use your existing database rather than needing to start afresh. However, bear in mind that you may also need plugins so that everything works seamlessly.

Selecting tools that you already have the internal expertise for will make the transition a lot easier. Look for tools that have the same CI or CM tools so that your existing services can be integrated and supported by the Openstack deployment. Keep in mind that although there have been numerous advancements, it’s still not an easy task for someone to deploy an Openstack on a private cloud that is scalable without prior knowledge. It’s a process that can take months to prepare.

Once the deployment has taken place, you need to ensure that you already have a plan in place to maintain it. Check that you have the best configurations for your IT staff with the right features you need to make changes to update the initial changes in the settings. Being able to add and remove nodes with ease is also a necessity, which is why you want to ensure you have ascertained who is going to be responsible for any upgrades and alterations.

There are numerous upgrades available regularly so you have to decide whether you want to upgrade each time there is a release and whether the latest release is something you need for the day to day running of your business. Before any upgrades, you need to think about what deployment tools you have used and ensure they are supported. Any time you set aside for any upgrades and initial deployment should be planned out in advance to avoid downtime at your busiest times.

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