HP Publishes OpenStack on Ubuntu Reference Architecture

Just in time for the recent HP Discover event, engineers from HP and Canonical published a technical white paper titled: HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This white paper provides the information HP clients need to start planning cloud deployments using OpenStack on Ubuntu with HP servers. For clients who are beginning to experiment with private cloud deployments, this white paper describes the components and steps to get started.

OpenStack is a highly flexible platform that provides many choices for implementation. For this white paper, HP and Canonical provide recommendations for building a small cloud that can be scaled to medium size, by adding compute and storage (block or object) nodes. The base for the reference architecture is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the OpenStack Icehouse release. HP ProLiant SL series hardware, with its powerful, dense compute and storage capabilities, is used, and recommendations are made for network requirements, database, and other components which can vary in an OpenStack deployment. While SL series hardware was chosen for this reference architecture, other Ubuntu certified ProLiant and Moonshot servers may also be suitable, depending on workload requirements.

To simplify installation, the authors recommended using MAAS (Metal as a Service) and Juju. MAAS is the bare-metal provisioning tool that turns your hardware environment into a cloud in minutes. It takes the pain out of detection and configuration and gets your servers ready for deployment. Juju is a service orchestration tool that’s the fastest way to deploy OpenStack on Ubuntu. Its libraries of ‘charms’ make it simple to deploy, configure and scale out cloud services with only a few simple commands. The reference architecture includes steps to get MAAS and Juju started, followed by the steps, using Juju, to deploy each component of OpenStack to get your cloud up and running.

Ubuntu is the world’s most popular choice for OpenStack clouds with over 50% of OpenStack clouds in production (as per a recent OpenStack Foundation survey). HP and Canonical work closely to test and certify Ubuntu on HP ProLiant and Moonshot platforms. HP is also a member of Canonical’s OIL (OpenStack Interoperability Lab) where HP servers are tested on a daily basis along with an entire ecosystem of cloud related infrastructure and Ubuntu.

Be sure to check out the white paper and get started with building a cloud today! For more information regarding Ubuntu OpenStack, Juju and MAAS, go to www.ubuntu.com/cloud. If you would like to investigate further, or request a demo, please get in touch with Canonical.

Ubuntu cloud

Ubuntu offers all the training, software infrastructure, tools, services and support you need for your public and private clouds.

Newsletter signup

Select topics you’re
interested in

In submitting this form, I confirm that I have read and agree to Canonical’s Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy.

Related posts

Juju 2.7: Enhanced k8s experience, improved networking and more

Canonical is proud to announce the availability of Juju 2.7. This new release introduces a range of exciting features and several improvements which enhance...

Migrating the MAAS UI from AngularJS to React

MAAS (metal as a service), is a Canonical product which allows for very fast server provisioning and data centre management. Around 2014, work began to build...

Web application development with Juju charms: an interview with Marc André Audet from Absolunet

“The best thing about Juju is that it is very flexible. It is easy to look for existing charms in the charm store and you adapt them to your needs.”