Firefly Essentials for OpenStack is a concise, focused exploration of OpenStack architecture. You will learn what makes OpenStack unique as a cloud architecture, how it differs compared to traditional virtualization, and what applications it is really great for. We will open up the hood and show you how it ticks, talk about some key challenges and decisions, and get you behind the wheel to take OpenStack for a drive. We evaluate the benefit in different types of application environments, and understand the challenges and options available for deploying, managing, and orchestrating OpenStack.
OpenStack networking has matured rapidly in the past year with the advent of Neutron, which is still one of the most poorly understood OpenStack components. In this half-day, hands-on module, we will take Neutron apart and help you answer some key architectural questions—starting with, why do I actually need it? We will look at the capabilities of Neutron, its current limitations, and how third-party vendors are leveraging the Neutron framework to provide advanced, next-gen networking services.
OpenStack has catalyzed the development of Software-Defined Storage (SDS), and most IT shops are just starting to understand how SDS fits in to their architecture. In this half-day, hands-on module, we will take a look at some critical architectural decisions you will need to make about your storage architecture, including block vs object-based storage, how to choose a file system, and key questions about high availability and scaling.
The Firefly Discovery Workshop for OpenStack combines the Foundations, Network Architecture, and Storage Architecture modules into a two-day workshop that will give you the basic tools and experience you need to make key architectural decisions about deploying OpenStack within your organization, or recommending solutions for your customers.