Five tips to overcome OpenStack management challenges

Five tips to overcome OpenStack management challenges

By | March 19th, 2017
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Enterprises feel a sense of freedom with OpenStack, but management

challenges can weigh them down. Use these tips to bolster your management

strategy for the open source platform.


The OpenStack platform provides an agile and flexible infrastructure as a service model. It’s split into three main service offerings — compute, networking and storage — that admins can manage through the same dashboard. Enterprises like the control they can have over the infrastructure, applications and data.

Follow these tips to make the most out of your OpenStack deployment.

1)Explore OpenStack management options for private cloud

The OpenStack Horizon dashboard is a web-based interface to manage and monitor OpenStack services.Enterprises can take advantage of other, third-party tools, such as Red Hat’s CloudForms, for provisioning and automation, and Cloudyn, for monitoring and governance.

2)Consider customizing the OpenStack Horizon dashboard

Admins can use the dashboard to launch and manage compute instances, configure access controls and more.

3)Minimize risks and downtime during an OpenStack update

With the constant evolution of services, tools and features, it is important to keep an eye out for OpenStack updates. To avoid downtime, make sure the new updates don’t carry dependencies to other modules. If they do, update both modules together.

4)OpenStack scalability tests the patience of IT pros

When it comes to cloud, scalability is crucial to meet the demands of growing computing environments. Before running to a third-party vendor, consider some other OpenStack management practices.

5)Use OpenStack Tempest to test a deployment

Performing OpenStack tests can ensure that everything works as intended. Enterprises can use tests to discover any abnormalities that could compromise data and affect user experience.


Nisheeth Bhakuni