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The OpenStack Network

20 September 2012 No Comment

Networking is an essential part of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) system like OpenStack. OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open source cloud operating system. OpenStack handles networking with iptables, chains, and rules, much like other systems. This article describes the iptable chains and rules behind the OpenStack Cloud Compute-Nova project, a cloud computing fabric controller (the main part of an IaaS system) written in Python that uses many external libraries. It details the nova-network FlatDHCPManager component, as well as other OpenStack components. An iptable is a user-space application program that allows a system administrator to configure the tables provided by the Linux® kernel firewall.

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