Deploy Your OpenStack Private Cloud Platform with Ease

Your organization is considering a move to an open-source private cloud environment; however, you have never performed this kind of implementation. You have a virtualization solution, but want to find a more economical way of supporting your cloud environment. You like the cost-effectiveness of open source and the fact that you can avoid vendor lock-in, but how easy is deploying and managing an open-source platform? Are you really ready for this endeavor?

A dose of confidence from Red Hat and Lenovo

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 deployed on Lenovo high-performance rack servers, the answer is, “Yes, you are ready.” OpenStack has evolved to a mature cloud platform that includes compute, advanced software-defined networking, block storage, object storage and other components. Yet OpenStack software can be difficult to install, use and maintain. That’s where Red Had comes in to play—by making OpenStack software enterprise-friendly. Red Hat is a top contributor to the OpenStack foundation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 is the fifth generation of OpenStack distribution and has been integrated into the Lenovo Cloud Reference Architecture for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This Red Hat OpenStack Platform includes innovative features designed to make deployment and management fast and simple, such as the following:

  • Platform director: Platform director is a new feature that offers either a graphical user interface (GUI) or command-line scripts to deploy and then manage an OpenStack private cloud environment.
  • Platform toolset: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 leverages the following OpenStack components in this deployment: Horizon, Keystone, Neutron, Cinder, Nova, Glance, Swift, Ceilometer and Heat. With this toolset, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform enables you to build a cloud platform complete with a virtual machine provisioning engine and image storage, authentication mechanisms and integrated networking.

A tested solution that starts small and scales big

Just how easy is installing the Lenovo Cloud Reference Architecture for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform? To find out, we asked a trusted third party, Principled Technologies, to test the Lenovo Cloud Reference Architecture for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform in three areas: deployment, management and workload validation.

The result of this testing is a new guide that shows you how easy it is to prepare for, deploy, provision, scale and manage an OpenStack private cloud environment. This deployment is built on Lenovo System x3650 M5 and x3550 M5 rack servers and managed by Lenovo XClarity, a hardware resource-management application that helps simplify and automate infrastructure tasks. This deployment also employs Red Had CloudForms, which is a management platform focused on enabling cloud administrators to gain control of virtual environments across private and hybrid cloud infrastructures. The Red Hat OpenStack Director, XClarity Administrator and CloudForms management platform all employ detailed, web-based GUIs for administrators and/or end users. These user-friendly interfaces greatly reduce the complexity of deploying Lenovo Cloud Reference Architecture for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

The Lenovo x3550 M5 1U servers and Lenovo x3650 M5 2U servers deployed in this solution are designed to minimize infrastructure costs while supporting demanding workloads. Scaling is as easy as adding servers to the rack. Each of these high-performance servers is configured with two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 CPUs enabling them to cost-effectively support an entry-level OpenStack deployment for SMBs, and can scale out for larger, enterprise-level deployments. This Lenovo solution offers a variety of storage and networking options that also scale with the deployment requirements.

Businesses everywhere are embracing cloud platforms, and OpenStack offers an economical way of supporting your organization’s cloud-based environment. The partnership between Red Hat and Lenovo offers a comprehensive, tested reference architecture for pairing Lenovo high-performance rack servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 for a customized, scalable private cloud environment. You can download the detailed Principled Technologies guide to understand the ease of deploying and managing your OpenStack private cloud solution.