An Evaluation of Openstack
OpenStack is a set of components for implementing an Infrastructure as a Service Cloud. It was formed from Rackspace Hosting and NASA in July 2010 and is supported by many other companies. It allows a user to manage a large number of virtual machines including associated storage and networking. In addition, an object store is provided for long-term storage of static or rarely changing data. It is at least partly compatible with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3). A modest deployment of the major components was done for this evaluation. OpenStack provides a rich set of features for implementing an Infrastructure as a Service cloud. Not all documented features work as advertised and it would be challenging to deploy and maintain a production quality system at present. However, this is likely to change in the near future given that the development of OpenStack is progressing at a rapid pace.
OpenStack evaluation-FINAL.pdf — PDF document, 265Kb