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OpenStack is the leading open-source cloud platform – fastest-growing, supported by a large community of individuals and enterprises, and creating a standard platform we can all use to build open, highly scalable clouds. OpenStack represents the best of what cloud technology has to offer.

Find out more: Introducing OpenStack, OpenStack: Five Things Every Executive Needs to Know

Why OpenStack?

Many in the industry have compared OpenStack to Linux: fast attracting the best of developers, swiftly applying useful advances, and dynamically self-improving. The best and brightest developers and companies are contributing to the OpenStack ecosystem, developing a standard, open platform for building the next generation of IT.

Crucially for you, OpenStack delivers remarkable operational efficiency and significant cost savings, and gives you the ability to innovate, to build your cloud exactly as you desire.

FishOS allows you to harness OpenStack’s capabilities to build a scalable future-proof cloud, and to manage this cloud in a manner that is truly efficient.

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Key OpenStack components

OpenStack clouds are powered by various interoperable OpenStack components (“projects” in OpenStack parlance), providing for a broad functionality:

Nova: compute

Manages the lifecycle of compute instances in an OpenStack environment. Responsibilities include spawning, scheduling and decomissioning of machines on demand.

Keystone: identity

Serves as the cornerstone authentication and authorization service for other OpenStack services. Provides a catalog of endpoints for all OpenStack services.

Swift: object storage

Stores and retrieves arbitrary unstructured data objects via a RESTful, HTTP based API. It is highly fault tolerant with its data replication and scale out architecture.

Neutron: networking

Enables networking as a service for other OpenStack services. Provides an API for users to define networks and the attachments into them.

Cinder: block storage

Provides persistent block storage to running instances. Its pluggable driver architecture facilitates the creation and management of block storage devices.

Glance: image storage

Stores and retrieves virtual machine disk images. OpenStack Compute makes use of this during instance provisioning.

Horizon: dashboard

Provides a web-based self-service portal to interact with underlying OpenStack services, such as launching an instance, assigning IP addresses and configuring access controls.

Heat: orchestration

Orchestrates multiple composite cloud applications by using the native HOT template format or the AWS CloudFormation format, through an OpenStack API or a CloudFormation-compatible API.