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Run containers on bare metal or virtual machines with full enterprise storage and networking support

OpenStack is programmable infrastructure that provides API-driven access to bare metal, virtual machines and container resources—all on a single network.

OpenStack provides full enterprise storage and networking support for containers today, because the OpenStack community has already done the work to support the largest number of enterprise systems. While OpenStack is widely known as a private cloud platform, you can access the same open infrastructure immediately from dozens of public cloud providers around the world. Whether you want to run containerized applications on bare metal or virtual machines, OpenStack let’s you run containers the way you want to.

The important thing for us as a community is to think about OpenStack as an integration engine that’s agnostic. That puts users in the best position for success. Just like we didn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to compute, storage and networking, we’ll do the same with containers.
Koby Holzer
Cloud Engineering Director, LivePerson

Why are OpenStack users adopting containers 3x faster than the overall market?

Supports multiple orchestration tools including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos

Enables you to run containers in virtual machines or directly on bare metal

No silos in your data center: Integrates containers with important enterprise systems


What containers & Platform-as-a-Service tools are OpenStack users deploying?

Learn more about containers directly from users

How We Architected and Run Kubernetes on OpenStack at Scale at Yahoo! JAPAN

How We Architected and Run Kubernetes on OpenStack at Scale at Yahoo! JAPAN

Innovation at BBVA: Next Generation Overlay for Kubernetes and OpenStack

Innovation at BBVA: Next Generation Overlay for Kubernetes and OpenStack

Containers and Cloud: Exploring the OpenStack Opportunity with LivePerson

Containers and Cloud: Exploring the OpenStack Opportunity with LivePerson

Scaling OpenStack Magnum and Kubernetes: 2 million requests per second

Scaling OpenStack Magnum and Kubernetes: 2 million requests per second

Bare Metal As a Service Within the Enterprise: A Use Case

Bare Metal As a Service Within the Enterprise: A Use Case

OpenStack services support containers

OpenStack services are comprised of different composable projects that deliver programmable infrastructure. You can combine the services in different ways based on your use case, but there are some common patterns. When it comes to running containerized applications on OpenStack, it depends whether you want to run containers on bare metal, in virtual machines, or both.

There are a few OpenStack projects that may be of interest:

Networking
Neutron and Kuryr provide advanced network functions to libnetwork and CNI-based containers
Storage
Cinder block storage supports dozens of open source and enterprise storage systems, bringing the technology already in your datacenter to containers
Compute
Nova provides true cloud compute functionality on top of all major virtualization platforms while Ironic provides automatic access and provisioning of bare metal servers
Identity
Keystone integrates with existing authentication systems to provide multi-tenant identity management to cloud services
Container provisioning
Magnum service allows self-service provisioning of container orchestration engines like Kubernetes, Swarm and Mesos on top of virtual machines or bare metal
Deployment
Kolla and OpenStack-helm allow you to containerize the OpenStack control plane to ease deployment and management

Learn more in the OpenStack Project Navigator: www.openstack.org/software/project-navigator

Everything you need to know about OpenStack + Containers

Want to build a strategy around containers and OpenStack? Check out sessions from OpenStack users eBay, AT&T, Yahoo! Japan and learn more about the Kubernetes roadmap from Google’s David Aronchick. Plus, hear project updates from OpenStack Magnum, Kuryr, Kolla, Murano and more.