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Cisco is providing the community with a packaged version of the Openstack Folsom release with opensource components delivering additional service assurance functionality such as HA, monitoring, and Cisco enabled networking via Quantum.


Cisco Edition of OpenStack

The Cisco Edition of OpenStack is a validated deployment based on Puppetlabs scripted OpenStack services on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS platform. This package is fully qualified with specific Cisco reference architectures. Included in this Edition is a non-modified version of Openstack Folsom, other opensource components (Nagios, HA Proxy, Ganglia, etc,etc), and all the necessary puppet and cobbler files to install and operate Cisco Openstack Edition on UCS/Nexus platforms.

The Cisco Openstack Edition based on the Openstack Folsom release is qualified on:

  • Ubuntu 12.04.01 LTS
  • KVM
  • UCS and Nexus Hardware

Included in the Cisco release are the following capabilities that have been configured and qualified:

  • Active/Active HA: Unlike most existing solutions today, which are active/standby, Cisco has utilized off the shelf opensource components to develop an active/active model for the Essex release of openstack. Included in this architecture are RabbitMQ redundancy, MySQL redundancy, and load balancing (HA Proxy). This model is functional for Essex and being ported and qualified for the Cisco Edition of OpenStack.
  • Monitoring: A basic architecture to monitor the system processes and physical components using collectD, graphite, and Nagios is qualified for the Folsom Openstack release. The Cisco Edition provides the appropriate configuration files to enable this baseline monitoring model.
  • Quantum for Cisco components: In addition to contributing to Quantum in Folsom, Cisco has qualified Quantum with its Quantum Plugin for Cisco products. The Qualification covers the new V2 interface in Folsom and enables users to replicate Nova-like functionality on UCS and Nexus platforms.

Developer support email:

Installation (Cisco Edition on Folsom)

OpenStack Folsom Single controller with multi-compute deployments

Installation (Essex Release)

OpenStack Essex All-in-One deployments

OpenStack Essex Control Plane High Availability


Configuring Cisco Quantum Plugin Framework in Folsom

Reference Architecture

UCS C2xx-M3 infrastructure reference

Monitoring Architecture for the Cisco Edition

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