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What is OpenStack?

OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

Learn more about OpenStack's compute, storage, networking, take a tour of the dashboard, or dive in and learn how to get started with OpenStack today.

If you're looking for OpenStack related products and services such as Distributions, Appliances, Public Clouds, Consultants, or Training check out our OpenStack Marketplace.

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The Security Project team lives and breathes cloud security and answers the most frequently asked questions from enterprises and technologists. The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative has validated OpenStack passes 100% of the best practices for open source security, quality and stability and has issued its Best Practices badge.

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How will you be using OpenStack?

Compute resources are accessible via APIs for developers building cloud applications and via web interfaces for administrators and users. The compute architecture is designed to scale horizontally on standard hardware, enabling the cloud economics companies have come to expect.

OpenStack Object Storage can be deployed independently of a compute cloud or alongside other computing platforms. It is ideal for cost effective, scale-out storage and provides a fully distributed, API-accessible storage platform that can be integrated directly into applications or used for backup, archiving and data retention.

Deployed together, Compute and Object Storage provide the full set of OpenStack core services and open APIs. In combination, the platform provides robust cloud computing capabilities with horizontal storage for managing images, snapshots, backups, virtual machines and block devices.