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Learning OpenStack by Sunil Sarat, Alok Shrivastwa

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to OpenStack

Enterprises traditionally ran their IT services by running appropriate applications on a set of infrastructures and platforms. These were comprised of physical hardware in terms of compute, storage, and network along with software in terms of hypervisors, operating systems, and platforms. A set of experts from infrastructure, platform, and application teams would then put the pieces together and get a working solution tailored to the needs of the organization.

With the advent of virtualization and later on cloud, things have changed to a certain extent, primarily in the way things are built and delivered. Cloud, which has its foundations in virtualization, delivers a combination of relevant components as ...

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