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Discover the components that make up OpenStack and learn how the whole is more than the sum of its parts in this 1 day instructor led course.

In this introductory class, attendees will be able to understand the different parts that make up OpenStack and learn why it has become such a fundamental piece in Data Center environments. Presented by an experienced instructor with field experience, discussions are guaranteed to be lively and informative.

By taking this course, attendees will be able to:

1. Understand the context where OpenStack is used

2. Describe the different components that make up OpenStack

3. Create and manage tenants and users

4. Discuss how OpenStack can integrate into an SDN solution

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at network engineers and architects, software developers, sales personnel and anyone interested in understanding OpenStack.


Attendees should have a basic understanding of networking and be able to identify the shortcomings of managing a virtualized environment in a Data Center scenario.

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Module 1: Introduction Agenda

  • Company introduction
  • Attendee introductions
  • Logistics

Module 2: Basic tenets of Cloud Computing

  • The idea behind Cloud computing
  • The history of Cloud computing
  • Identifying valid use cases for Cloud computing

Module 3: OpenStack Primer

  • The history of the OpenStack project
  • The OpenStack core components

Module 4: OpenStack Identity (Keystone)

  • Configuration and configuration file overview
  • Using the Keystone userland binary:
  • Adding and deleting tenants and users
  • Adding, deleting and modifying endpoints
  • Working with Keystone’s permission policy engine

Module 5: OpenStack ImageService (Glance)

  • Setting up Glance API / Glance registry
  • Adding images to Glance

Module 6: OpenStack Networking (Neutron) & Software Defined Networking (SDN)

  • Cloud networking basics
  • Software-defined networking using Open vSwitch
  • Configuration and configuration file structure of Neutron

Module 7: OpenStack Volume (Cinder)

  • Cinder basic functionality
  • Configuration file structure
  • Available Cinder backends

Module 8: OpenStack Compute (Nova)

  • OpenStack Nova basic ideas
  • Configuration and configuration file structure
  • The integration of Nova with the Cinder volume service

Module 9: The OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon)

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