Case studies

Case studies

Earlier in Introduction to case studies we introduced the Alice and Bob case studies where Alice is deploying a private government cloud and Bob is deploying a public cloud each with different security requirements. Here we discuss how Alice and Bob would address providing networking services to the user.

Alice’s private cloud

Alice picks nova-network due to its stability. She understands a migration from nova-network to OpenStack Networking (neutron) will not be easy, and keeps a blueprint for the migration that is refreshed every OpenStack release. This will ensure that Alice and her team are up-to-date with OpenStack Networking features even though they are focusing on nova-network, and will allow the migration plan to mature with Alice’s experience with OpenStack to help enable a smooth transition.

Alice configures nova-network with the VLAN network manager so that each tenant will have its own virtual network, keeping in mind the VLAN trunking will stress the environment and the scaling limit of 4096 tenants. She is aware that all traffic will pass through the virtual networking appliance, however she is comfortable with this given the hardware positioned to support the VLAN trunking across the entire environment. Additionally, as the nova-network hypervisor enforces the security group rules with iptables, invalid traffic will not be an issue. To ensure this, she designates a quarterly review of the security group rules for each VLAN. She understands there is no overlapping IP space and has ensured the deployment systems have separate IP ranges with room for growth until the migration to OpenStack Networking occurs.

Bob’s public cloud

A major business driver for Bob is to provide an advanced networking services to his customers. Bob’s customers would like to deploy multi-tiered application stacks. This multi-tiered application are either existing enterprise application or newly deployed applications. Since Bob’s public cloud is a multi-tenancy enterprise service, the choice to use for L2 isolation in this environment is to use overlay networking. Another aspect of Bob’s cloud is the self-service aspect where the customer can provision available networking services as needed. These networking services encompass L2 networks, L3 Routing, Network ACL and NAT. It is important that per-tenant quota’s be implemented in this environment.

An added benefit with utilizing OpenStack Networking is when new advanced networking services become available, these new features can be easily provided to the end customers.

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