OpenStack - The BEST Way to Build Your Own Private Cloud

Originally published at: OpenStack – The BEST Way to Build Your Own Private Cloud – Learn Linux TV

OpenStack is awesome! Using this amazing open-source project, you can build your very own private cloud. But what are some other considerations for using it? How do you get started? In this foundational video, LearnLinuxTV and OpenMetal team up to give you some valuable information on OpenStack. This will include what sets it apart from other solutions, and will also include some tips on how to navigate around some of its challenges.

open stack seemed like an interesting alternative to other cloud services to me after watching the video. i started my first it job as helpdesk at a medium shop and i think a lot of their server stuff is on prem, but i’d be curious if they used open stack for anything.

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I never saw OpenStack used on-prem anywhere. It is software for hosting a cloud, meaning that you’d be a host for other tenants. In-house only admins would be using VMWare, Proxmox, XenServer or its open alternative XCP-NG, oVirt, virt-manager in certain circumstances, or plain kvm+qemu with libvirt.

I worked for a company who used OpenNebula, an open OpenStack alternative for cloud hosts, but it was for an in-house hosting. Definitely overkill and we had some problems with it, so we migrated to Proxmox. Which wasn’t too hard, because both use KVM, though OpenNebula uses libvirt, while Proxmox uses their own tooling.

There is a big difference between a private datacenter / cluster and a cloud. Both use virtualization technologies, but they cater to different audiences.