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OpenStack for Architects by Ben Silverman, Michael Solberg

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Compute hardware considerations

It's certainly possible to deploy OpenStack on Power or Z series systems from IBM or Solaris systems from Oracle, but the vast majority of OpenStack deployments use Linux on 64-bit Intel systems. Selecting a hardware platform for compute infrastructure in OpenStack is similar to selecting a hardware platform for any other workload in the data center. Some organizations have a brand loyalty to a particular vendor based on reputation, past performance, or business arrangements and some organizations ask hardware vendors to bid on projects as they come up. A small number of organizations choose to assemble their own systems from components, but most OpenStack deployments use the same commodity systems that would be ...

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