Using XIV in OpenStack Environments

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

OpenStack is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that allows storage to be anywhere and available for use as needed without the confines of being in the data center.
The IBM® Storage driver for OpenStack enables OpenStack clouds to access the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen 3. The driver integrates with the OpenStack environment and enables OpenStack applications to take advantage of the XIV enterprise-class storage.

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a brief overview of OpenStack and IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack. It focuses on the use of Openstack with the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3. The illustration scenario that is presented uses the OpenStack IceHouse release, installed on RedHat Linux servers, and the IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack.

This paper is intended for clients and cloud administrators who look forward to integrating IBM XIV Storage Systems in OpenStack and use IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack environments. The paper provides guidance in setting up an environment using XIV as the backend storage in an OpenStack cloud environment. It is not an official support document.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. OpenStack and IBM Cloud Manager Overview
Chapter 2. OpenStack environment
Chapter 3. Integrating XIV in the OpenStack environment
Chapter 4. IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack


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