The 2016 OpenStack Summit in Austin Texas has started and from the schedule it has just about everything for anyone interested in the future of cloud computing. Plus, Austin is famous for its music and food. I lived in Austin for several years and can vouch for both the music and the food. if you are reading this blog in the evening then you are not at the Summit enjoying what Austin has to offer. Recently, I was fortunate to work with the Spectrum Scale Object development team writing the IBM Spectrum Scale in an OpenStack Environment Redpaper which is making its debut today. It is a little more than a coincidence to have the Redpaper ready for the start of the Summit. So if you can't make the Summit the Redpaper will give you a taste of what the Spectrum Scale Object team will be talking about. I can also vouch for their enthusiasm and drive to help customers manage storage in an OpenStack cloud environment.
This IBM Redpaper™ describes the benefits and best practice recommendations of using IBM Spectrum Scale in OpenStack environments, and the steps to configure the storage infrastructure using IBM Spectrum Scale with various OpenStack components. This paper focuses on the OpenStack cloud storage projects Cinder, Glance, Swift, and Manila, as well as the Keystone service for identity management. The paper starts with the planning and the recommended deployment models when using OpenStack software with Spectrum Scale storage. Follows up with the installation and configuration steps for an OpenStack cloud environment. All of the backend storage will be configured with Spectrum Scale. It also explains a high level use case which demonstrates the use of Spectrum Scale storage in OpenStack cloud environment. Here is one figure from the Redpaper showing an OpenStack environment in a virtual setup using Spectrum Scale storage.
Here are a few more highlights to keep your mind off the Austin food and music:
- Explaining recommended approaches to sharing storage across a virtualized cluster (VM)
- Shared file storage using GPFS client
- Use of NFS/SMB/Object exported by Spectrum Scale Protocol Nodes
- Multi-Tier Storage Architecture for OpenStack Deployment
These technologies provide a unique cloud platform that accelerates time to value by alleviating many of the storage headaches IT administrators, architects, and managers have every day.