If you ask yourself the inevitable question “where do I start?” this blog post is for you.
Luckily, being an open source software you have free access to OpenStack’s various installations. OpenStack comes in it’s native (or trunk) form and through various company supported distributions – RedHat, Canonical (Ubuntu), SUSE and Mirantis to name just a few. In that sense it is similar to Linux having one common kernel and various companies making their own distributions. There are also many configuration management software platforms like Chef, Puppet and SaltStack that can make life much easier installing OpenStack but takes much of the learning benefit from it.
No Computer? No Problem!
Your first option to have a bit more hands-on experience is at a free website called stackinsider.org. Also called “deployment-as-a-service”, this website will take you through a step-by-step guide to have a one node or dual node (multi-node is not being supported while writing these lines) OpenStack installation. The focus is to gain familiarity with the installation process rather than having an accessible OpenStack cloud in the sky. Continue reading