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OpenStack Is Coming; Is Your Data Center Network Ready?

Published: 14 September 2016

ID: G00310296

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato, Dennis Smith


Enterprises increasingly adopt OpenStack as a framework to implement private cloud infrastructure as a service. This document helps network architects understand the different options for matching the OpenStack network solution to their use case.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build Hybrid Linux and Enterprise Networking Skills; You Need Both to Support a Successful OpenStack Deployment
  • Replace OpenStack's Native Networking Plug-Ins With Third-Party Solutions If Performance and Scale Are Important, Looking First to Your Existing Network Vendors
  • Match the OpenStack Networking Solution to Your Specific Use Case; Do Not Generically Embrace a Solution From Any Vendor
  • Prefer Commercial OpenStack Distributions to Simplify Deployment of OpenStack Networking Components
  • Connect to Your Infrastructure and Application Development Peers to Stay Abreast on OpenStack Evolution and to Share Roadmaps

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