IS is building an OpenStack interface to the Eddie compute platform to provide support to researchers who require a platform to self-build their own server infrastructure and utilise the storage from Datastore. IS is also planning an OpenStack service to provide an agile development platform and a burst capacity service to support developers in IS and schools and to provide a stable service with a higher guarantee of reliability than that of the research service, which by its nature will more likely track the latest releases of OpenStack. This document is a guide for people making use of this OpenStack Cloud Service to make the right decision as to which offering best meets their needs.
To deliver a private cloud service based on OpenStack to deliver an enterprise class server to support:
- a rapid deployment environment for developers to quickly spin up and destroy virtual machines
- a system to provide burst capacity for existing applications that need to scale-out during busy periods
It is not in scope to provide support for research use. That will be provided by a complementing service hosted on the Eddie compute platform. However, we will deliver a consistent service offering across IS to customers to allow users to select the most appropriate platform for their needs and provide support to migrate virtual machines between the plaforms and the virtual hosting service.
To deliver a private cloud service that meets the needs of schools and IS divisions for a rapid development platform and a burst-out service.
A reliable OpenStack Cloud service platform hosted at dual sites for resilience and capacity.
More rapid development lifecycle achievable to support developers.
Removal of bottlenecks to deploy virtual machines quickly.
A burst out service to support applications that need to expand dynamically to meet demand.
The delivery of a reliable OpenStack service that will support at least one service requiring elastic growth.
The ability of the development teams in Edina, Apps, L&C to deploy their own development platforms for initial development and rapid testing work.