Want to give OpenStack a try? You know you do. So go for it.
A handful of OpenStack community members have launched TryStack, a free OpenStack sandbox for developers to explore, test and play around with their apps on the OpenStack open source cloud operating system. Rackspace, Dell, HP and NTT are leading the TryStack charge to give developers, end users and others a way to check out OpenStack without having to set up and launch their own deployment.
“They can try OpenStack in a real live OpenStack cluster to get familiar with OpenStack before a private cloud implementation and a preview of OpenStack before Rackspace Cloud migrates to OpenStack,” said Soo Choi, director of Rackspace Cloud Builders.
Here’s how it works: TryStack users can launch OpenStack Compute instances that last up to 24 hours. Once they reach that limit, those instances are reclaimed and made available to other TryStack users. Registered users each get a set amount of Stack Dollars that they use to lease instances within the 24-hour testing period. TryStack trials expire when Stack Dollars run out or a full day has passed, whichever comes first.
Users can launch instances in different TryStack zones, each of which represents a different OpenStack reference architecture and geographical location. The first zone, which developers can use now, has 156 cores, 1040 GB of memory and 59.1 TB of disc storage running on OpenStack’s latest release, code-named Diablo, Dell PowerEdge C6100 and C6105 servers and libvirt/KVM. Rackspace Cloud Builders, Dell, HP Cloud Services and NTT helped deploy, test and administer TryStack for community use.
”We want to provide a test bed for users to try OpenStack easily,” said Nachi Ueno, researcher at NTT Information Sharing Platform Laboratories, adding that TryStack helps developers answer the questions “What is OpenStack? What can I do with OpenStack?”
While the main focus is to give developers a place to test out OpenStack, it also serves as an area in which OpenStack developers can flag any problems with packaging and deployment, and where end-users can beef up their experience in administering an OpenStack cloud on a variety of heterogeneous hypervisors and network topologies. Users can also document differences in behavior, functionality and performance between various reference architectures.
“TryStack provides a simple way to get hands-on experience with OpenStack and it is a great starting point for exploring OpenStack’s ecosystem of distributions and products,” said Jesse Andrews, director of development for Rackspace Cloud Builders. “TryStack provides an OpenStack deployment that users can explore and that is updated as new releases occur.”