With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. This is currently a Tech Preview and unsupported feature of Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2 and is not considered for use in production at this time. To add this to RPC we simply make a change to the environment and run chef-client across the nodes.
Were you aware that with Cloud Monitoring you could monitor any of your servers? No, really, any server, anywhere! It does not matter if they’re hosted on the Rackspace Public Cloud, if they’re Rackspace Dedicated Servers, if they’re in your data centers, or even another providers’ data centers. This means you can even monitor the servers already running on your existing Rackspace Private Cloud!
For the last several weeks I’ve been explaining the setup of my home Rackspace Private Cloud and OpenStack lab. From the basic hardware configuration and adding compute nodes to adding high availability and using Neutron networking.
More companies are turning towards a blended infrastructure to power their applications and to take advantage of cost savings, flexibility and security. That’s why Rackspace offers a true hybrid cloud portfolio: a mix of dedicated hardware, public cloud and the Rackspace Private Cloud.