Ceph Block Devices and Openstack

Integration of the Ceph clustered object storage system with Openstack appears to growing more popular.
Ceph claims to deliver better performance for large block images than a single server. Combining performance with “unlimited” scalability, high availability and load balancing, it’s well worth a look.

RDO – more play less work

While there is a lot to be said for the knowledge gained from a step by step manual installation of openstack, it’s not a journey for the faint of heart.
Bugs, outdated guides and errors have been par for course; inordinate time can be lost in futile pursuits with little long term gain other than preservation of the IT ego.
Enter RDO – a puppet based automated installation that reduces the time required for installing openstack, from best part of a day to ~ 15 minutes.
Despite for many years now preferring Debian based systems, I felt quite at ease with the simplicity of the RDO installation on Red Hat 6.4.