Introduction

Platform9 deploys, manages, upgrades and monitors your OpenStack cloud. Simplifying all aspects of operating a private cloud by remotely managing all of the day-2 operations, including Kubernetes. The Platform9 Cloud is made up of core OpenStack services including Nova, Neutron, Ironic, Glance, Cinder, Heat, Ceilometer, and Keystone, building the foundation to run your business.

As a cloud administrator or a self-service user, you can set up and interact with the various components of the OpenStack cloud through the Clarity SaaS portal, with zero knowledge of OpenStack, or OpenStack CLI commands. With a few simple clicks, your Platform9 dashboard starts offering visibility into your infrastructure across compute, storage, network, and existing workloads — and your OpenStack cloud is live. And as a Platform9 cloud administrator, you can configure and manage OpenStack resources that are to be used by self-service users, with Clarity.

Clarity

Developer Self-service

With Platform9 any user, including developers, are able to quickly and easily build instances, further to this, Platform9 enables developers to launch entire applications with a single click. Once an application has been deployed, Platform9 will track that usage as part of lease and quota restrictions ensuring that no sinlge user or tenant exceeds their allocated resource. Greatly simplifying resource management and enabling agility for greater business productivity.

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Orchestration & Application Stacks

Complex multi-tier applications can be quickly deployed and torn down utilizing out of the box orchestration included with Platform9. Self-service and administrators have access to create custom orchestration stacks that can be integrated in development, testing and production to greatly accelerate development cycles and drive consistency in each environment.

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Enhancing VMware vSphere for Developers

With Platform9 developers no longer need to log into vCenter to build and maintain virtual machines. And VMware administrators no longer need to manually wrangle virtual machine sprawl with countless spreadsheets. Platform9 connects directly to vSphere and creates a self-service portal with lease and quota management that enables developers to get what they want, when they need it and removes the need for VMware administrators to manually manage developers virtual machines.

Create multiple tenants with specific leases & quotas

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Developers can self manage leases & quota consumption

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Hardware Requirements for Platform9 Managed OpenStack

Following is a minimal configuration to enable a Platform9 Managed OpenStack POC/Trial deployment.

  • 1 to 3 physical servers running Linux RHEL/CentOS/Ubuntu
  • Each server configured with sufficient local or shared storage to host virtual machines that will run on that server.
  • 1 server configured with sufficient additional storage to host 1 or more images used for virtual machine provisioning.
  • Each server having at least 1 network interface (configured with either flat or VLAN networking) and outbound HTTPS access.

Servers

  • 1-3 physical servers - We recommend starting with 3 servers but you can start with 1.
  • Each server configured with:
    • CPU: Minimum 8 Physical Cores RECOMMENDED 2 Physical Sockets, 8 Cores Each
    • RAM: Minimum 16GB RECOMMENDED 32GB
    • Storage: Minimum 100GB RECOMMENDED 1TB (If Virtual Machines are to be run locally utilizing Host)
    • Supported Linux Operating System:

Apart from Linux-based operating systems, Platform9 supports VMware vSphere virtualization environment.