Monthly Archives: January 2015

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook @OpenStackBook 3rd Edition Progress

Hopefully by now you’re familiar with the extremely popular book for learning to use and deploy OpenStack, the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook. This book presents you with a number of chapters relevant to running an OpenStack environment and the first edition was published at the beginning of the Grizzly release. In the 2nd Edition I picked up a co-author by the name of Cody Bunch and, after deciding to do a 3rd Edition, we picked up another co-author by the name of Egle Sigler. All of us work in the Professional Services arm of Rackspace on either side of the Atlantic so we know a thing or two about deploying and operating OpenStack. We’re now mid-cycle in writing the 3rd edition, which will be based on Juno – and we’re aiming to set our pens down for a publication by May 2015. It’s going to be a fight to reach this date, but as this is a book on OpenStack – we’re no strangers to challenges!

It’s now well into January of 2015 and great progress has been made whilst people have been thanking each other, gChaptersSoFariving presents and getting blind drunk because of a digit change in the year. One of our early challenges was getting a solid working OpenStack development base to work from that allowed us to work as a group on our assigned chapters of the book. Thankfully, a lot of the heavy lifting was done during the 2nd Cookbook_Vagrant_Environment_FullEdition but a move to Juno, improving the security and defaults of our reference installation, and incorporating new features caused a few hiccups along the way. These have been resolved, and the result is a Vagrant environment that has one purpose: to help educate people who want to run and deploy OpenStack environments. This environment can be found at

This environment consists of a single Controller, up to 2 Compute hosts running Qemu/KVM, a Network node, a Cinder node, and up to 2 Swift hosts. This environment works hand-in-hand with the recipes in the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook – allowing the reader to follow along and learn from the configurations presented and reference environment. If you’re running the full complement of virtual machines as depicted, I highly recommend at least 16Gb RAM. The environment I use to develop the scripts for the book is detailed here.

So what’s new in the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, 3rd Edition?

We’re still writing, but along with the basics you’d expect in our Cookbook, we have information on securing Keystone with SSL, Neutron with Distributed Virtual Routers (DVR), running multiple Swift environments and Container Synchronization, using AZs, Host Aggregates, Live-Migration, working with the Scheduler, a whole new chapter with recipes on using features such as LBaaS, FWaaS, Telemetry, Cloud-init/config, Heat, Automating installs, and a whole host of useful recipes for production use.

We hope you enjoy it as much as you have with the first two editions, and we’ll update you near to finishing when we have a confirmed publication date.