Before you get started!
Welcome to OpenStack!
In this series of tutorials, we will walk you through all the necessary steps to install, configure and get started with OpenStack. Using just your workstation, you will learn how to use OpenStack for cloud infrastructure implementation purposes, from a single-node installation to large-scale clusters.
This tutorial is the second in the “Phase I - Single-node OpenStack on your workstation” series.
What is OpenStack?
OpenStack is the most popular open source cloud platform that aggregates distributed compute, network and storage resources in the data centre and enables on-demand provisioning of virtual machines through a self-service portal. OpenStack powers thousands of public and private clouds all over the world, providing rapid access for greater innovation and better economics.
What is MicroStack?
MicroStack is a micro cloud platform based on OpenStack, designed for the edge and small-scale data centre deployments, that can be installed and maintained with minimal effort. MicroStack eliminates the complexity behind OpenStack, providing an opinionated approach to OpenStack architecture design and a straightforward installation method.
What is Charmed OpenStack?
Charmed OpenStack is an enterprise cloud platform based on OpenStack, designed for large-scale data centre deployments, that provides full automation around the initial installation and day-2 operations. Charmed OpenStack abstracts the complexity behind OpenStack, using a composable approach to OpenStack architecture design with model-driven operators (charms).
Learn more about Charmed OpenStack >
In this tutorial, you will learn how to:
Distinguish between the various OpenStack components
Use MicroStack snap CLI
Interact with the SQL database
Interact with the Message Queue
Login to the OpenStack dashboard
Set up the OpenStack client
You will only need:
One physical machine with:
8 GB of RAM
100 GB of storage
MicroStack installed, initialised and sample instance launched
These instructions use MicroStack - OpenStack in a snap. MicroStack is also available on other Linux distros, Windows and macOS. Refer to the MicroStack website for more information on how to install MicroStack on an OS other than Ubuntu.