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Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is married, with three children. He is an experienced IT professional working with small businesses and online enterprises. He has extensive experience with various flavors of Linux and Unix. He specializes in web and cloud infrastructure technologies for Trader Media Group.

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849517320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849517324
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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Disclosure: The publisher sent me a complimentary copy of this book, and asked that I write a review if I enjoyed the book. It may also interest you to know that I'm a volunteer contributor to the official OpenStack documentation.

This book is focused on bringing up your first OpenStack cloud, using Ubuntu as the host operating system. As the "Cookbook" in the title suggests, this is a "follow these steps one-after-the-other" kind of book. It also describes how to use VirtualBox so you can do your initial OpenStack deployment inside of virtual machines. Note that this book isn't a comprehensive reference to all of the configuration options that OpenStack supports. If you want to use, say, Xen as your hypervisor, or configure advanced features like migration of instances, you'll need to look elsewhere for documentation on how to do that.

The last few chapters ("In the datacenter", "Monitoring" and "Troubleshooting") cover important topics that aren't currently well-documented elsewhere, such as provisioning the servers using Ubuntu MAAS, configuring for high availability, setting up monitoring tools, and how to troubleshoot OpenStack problems. It also covers the EC2 compatibility features of OpenStack in more detail than you'll find in the official docs.

OpenStack is a fast-moving project, with releases every six month. This book covers the "Essex" releases, which came out in April 2012. Since then there has been a "Folsom" release in September 2012, and the "Grizzly" release which is due in April 2013. Unfortunately, some content in this book is already out of date. The biggest issue is that the file format for the nova.conf configuration file changed since the book was written, from flag-style format to ini-style format.
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This is good if you want to create a single node VM for testing and take snapshots and play around, but this not going to help you troubleshoot more complex deployments.

I'm still reading, but so far it's mostly a guided tour of the documentation, which is useful, but don't think this will help you optimize your 50 node config.

Also Folsom is out so much of this book is already outdated. I feel sorry for the author with a product that's changing so rapidly.
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this sort of book quickly gets out of date because openstack is under active development, and each release changes a few things

still, this book is only a few months old (as of April 2013) and it gives a good overview of the openstack environment running folsom and essex, with foreshadowing of grizzly features and how they change things.

Kevin Jackson, the author, is online with a very helpful blog of cloud info as well as the VM installation scripts to build a virtualbox/vagrant hosted allinone folsom instance.

If you want to stay up to date with openstack and want to get hints about how to install and support it, this will be a good book for you
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I was looking for something that presented OpenStack is a more schematic / theoretical level. As the title implies, this text presents a bunch of different 'cookbook' approaches, most of which become outdated quickly. It's an OK read considering there isn't much competition in this space. I would stick to the official openstack docs online for someone looking for a deeper understanding of the various services that make up openstack.
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For those that want a little more detail on running OpenStack than devstack, I would recommend picking up a copy OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook. Whether you are building your very own private cloud or maintaining one, this book is right for you.

Recipes start with setting up sand box environment on VirtualBox, followed by Essex install on Ubuntu Precise (12.04). After basic install, the book covers installing, configuring, and administering all of the components of OpenStack. Chapters 2 and 3 cover compute and keystone components. Chapter 4 starts out with a setup of swift (storage component) sand box environment. Chapters 5 and 6 are more Swift recipes. Glance, Nova, Horizon and Networking get the next 4 chapters, while 11 and 12 cover practical details like installing OpenStack on bare metal (MAAS) and monitoring. The last chapter delves into troubleshooting, logging, submitting bug reports, and getting help from community.

What this book is not: an in-depth explanation of OpenStack components. It is also not OpenStack for Dummies. However, if you just want to get things working, this is a great reference book.
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This is a very good cookbook but probably shouldn’t be your first text on OpenStack.

Just following the examples, you’ll be able to stand up an environment but may remain mystified by what you just did. Mr Jackson does give CLI examples with detailed explanations of their relative components but the larger context is missing. That or it’s assumed you know your way around.

When I came back to the text after understanding the components better, I got a lot more out of it.
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When i invest time and money in a book like this one I would expect the book to support improved understanding and concrete value that I can verify. Unfortunately the book simply repeats what can already be found on the Internet and in a similarly poor quality.

This is not a book that helped me to actually implement a private cloud, it made me abandone OpenStack.
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