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Common OpenStack Deployments: Real-World Examples for Systems Administrators and Engineers by Matthew Fischer, Elizabeth K. Joseph

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7. Public Compute Cloud

No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for it.Frank Lloyd Wright

Companies all over the world are deploying public compute clouds for customers looking to process data. The focus of these clouds is everything from on-demand compute power to storage systems, which we’ll explore in later chapters. For compute-focused hosting, OpenStack provides a platform for dynamic applications that provide highly-available service to customers. Typically, these services are billed for based on resources used (RAM, CPU, etc.) and the amount of time the instance is used for, often on an hourly increment.

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