Engineers from HP and Ubuntu developer Canonical have published a reference architecture aimed at organisations looking to build out their first OpenStack cloud deployment.
Aimed at HP customers, the technical white paper HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS details how organisations can plan to start deploying private cloud infrastructure based on Ubuntu’s build of OpenStack and HP servers.
In the white paper, HP and Canonical provide recommendations that would allow a firm to build a small cloud that can be scaled up to medium size by adding compute and storage nodes as required.
The reference architecture specifies the latest version of Ubuntu’s corporate-stable Linux platform, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Canonical offers five years of support and maintenance for this under its paid-for professional support services.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes the most recent OpenStack Icehouse release of the cloud-computing framework, which was made available in April.
The white paper also uses HP ProLiant SL series servers designed for scale-out deployments, but customers may alternatively use other Ubuntu-certified ProLiant and Moonshot servers, depending on workload requirements.
Organisations are also recommended to use the Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) bare-metal deployment tool that Canonical added to Ubuntu some time ago, along with the Juju service orchestration tool also developed by the firm.
Writing on the Ubuntu Insights blog, John Zannos, vice president of Cloud Alliances at Canonical, said Ubuntu is the world’s most popular choice for OpenStack clouds with over 50 percent of OpenStack clouds in production.
HP and Canonical work closely to test and certify Ubuntu on HP ProLiant and Moonshot server platforms, Zannos said, while HP is also a member of Canonical’s OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) where HP servers are tested as part of an entire ecosystem of cloud-related infrastructure.