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Five Days + Twelve Writers + One Book Sprint = One Excellent Book on OpenStack Architecture. Update: You can now download the OpenStack Architecture Design Guide here.

Five Days + Twelve Writers + One Book Sprint = One Excellent Book on OpenStack Architecture

One thing about OpenStack is that you can find lots of information on how to do specific things, such as start an instance or install a test cloud on VirtualBox, but there isn’t much out there to give you the Big Picture, such as how to design a massively-scalable OpenStack cloud, or a cloud that’s optimized for delivering streaming content. That’s why this past week a dozen OpenStack experts and writers from companies across the OpenStack ecosystem gathered at VMware’s Palo Alto campus for the OpenStack Architecture Design Guide book sprint. The intent was to deliver a completed book on designing OpenStack clouds — in just five days. Now, I wrote my first book — a pretty straightforward introduction to Active Server Pages 3.0 — in seven weeks, and then it went through months of editing before arriving at the printer.

I never wrote a more significant book that took less than six months. Announcing the O’Reilly OpenStack Operations Guide. Er, what’s this?

Announcing the O’Reilly OpenStack Operations Guide

An O’Reilly OpenStack Operations Guide offered side-by-side with the continuously-published OpenStack Operations Guide? Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, O’Reilly has completed the production of the OpenStack Operations Guide: Set Up and Manage Your OpenStack Cloud. You can get your bits-n-bytes copy at or order a dead-tree version on the O’Reilly site. OpenStack Docs: Current. Operations Guide. The OpenStack Foundation supported the creation of this book with plane tickets to Austin, lodging (including one adventurous evening without power after a windstorm), and delicious food.

Operations Guide

For about USD $10,000, we could collaborate intensively for a week in the same room at the Rackspace Austin office. The authors are all members of the OpenStack Foundation, which you can join. Go to the Foundation web site at We want to acknowledge our excellent host Rackers at Rackspace in Austin: We also had some excellent input from outside of the room: Tim Bell from CERN gave us feedback on the outline before we started and reviewed it mid-week.Sébastien Han has written excellent blogs and generously gave his permission for re-use.Oisin Feeley read it, made some edits, and provided emailed feedback right when we asked. Inside the book sprint room with us each day was our book sprint facilitator Adam Hyde. We couldn't have pulled it off without so much supportive help and encouragement. OpenStack Architecture Design Guide by OpenStack Foundation (Paperback) Security Guide  - current. Docs: Operations Guide. Multi-node OpenStack RDO IceHouse on AWS/EC2 and Google.

OpenStack is awesome.

Multi-node OpenStack RDO IceHouse on AWS/EC2 and Google

But, in order to try out the latest releases you typically need more hardware and time. Maybe you’ve always wanted to play with and never found the time? Or maybe you did install it, but you had to spend days scrounging for suitable hardware? Or maybe you’re an expert, but you have no way to quickly spin up and down entirely new installs? If the answer is yes to any of these, then read on. The great thing about doing the installation in the cloud is that you don’t need your own hardware. Install hardware accelerated hypervisors such as KVM. For this blog post I used the latest OpenStack IceHouse release, but the instructions should work for Havana as well. Best newly available OpenStack guides and howtos.

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook - Second Edition. OpenStack is an open source cloud operating stack that was born from Rackspace and NASA and became a global success, developed by scores of people around the globe and backed by some of the leading players in the cloud space today.

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook - Second Edition

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, Second Edition will show you exactly how to install the components that are required to make up a private cloud environment. You will learn how to set up an environment that you manage just as you would a public cloud provider like Rackspace with the help of experienced OpenStack administrators and architects. We begin by configuring the key components such as identity, image compute, and storage in a safe, virtual environment that we will then build on this throughout the book.

The OpenStack Architecture Design Guide Book Sprint. It’s been over a week since we were locked up, and held against our will*, writing a book in 5 days on designing and architecting OpenStack installations.

The OpenStack Architecture Design Guide Book Sprint

I hope, by now, you have managed to get your hands on our hard work? If not, you can grab a copy of the OpenStack Architecture Design Guide here. I admit, I was cynical of the process. My previous experience of writing books had stemmed from the many weeks and months of hammering out the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbooks.

This involved a few days thinking about TOCs, laying out the chapters, research and then the many hours spent writing each chapter – followed by the arduous back and forth edits between 1st drafts and final copies. Day one was an important day. We made very good progress on day one which put us in a very good position for the rest of the week. Day two continued with a purpose that was laid down the day before. So we did it. This book is Open Source. . * it’s all lies.