Mirantis Releases Reference Architecture for OpenStack Deployment in VMware Infrastructure

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FREMONT, CA: Mirantis, a company that provides OpenStack solutions for organizations, has released a reference architecture for VMware solutions including VMware vCenter Server and VMware NSX. Customers of both Mirantis and VMware can now leverage OpenStack technology to make the most of their cloud investments. Developers and IT operators gain the advantage of toolkit which is feature-rich, powerful, scalable, well-documented and fast-evolving that helps in general cloud automation and agile software development.

Mirantis’ reference architecture for VMware solutions comprises of: detailed step-by-step instructions; component software lists; hardware and platform recommendations for integrating Mirantis OpenStack 6.0 or later versions of Mirantis OpenStack to an existing VMware vCenter 5.5 data center with VMware NSX 4+ software-defined networking (SDN.)

In a VMware infrastructure environment, Mirantis OpenStack integrations means: VLAN Manager is now supported in vCenter environments which makes way for the implementation of Nova-network network topologies in vCenter environments; Glance can now use vSphere Datastore as a backend for faster image-copying; OpenStack’s NOVNCproxy now works with vCenter; metadata services are available when vCenter is used as a hypervisor; better functioning of Cirros test images while working with vCenter.

This reference architecture provides a method and specifies tools (primarily Mirantis OpenStack 6.0 or later versions of the Mirantis OpenStack distribution) and infrastructure for deploying an OpenStack Controller (or HA controller cluster) and integrating it with an existing VMware vCenter 5.1 Server and vSphere data center with NSX 4 SDN.