ConVirt for OpenStack

ConVirt is a powerful cloud management platform for OpenStack. Use ConVirt if you need to offer customer self service, hybrid cloud services, or if you want to manage your virtualization and cloud infrastructure from a "single pane of glass".

The Challenge of Managing OpenStack

OpenStack software delivers a massively scalable cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter to help deliver a cloud service. But while OpenStack gives some very key ingredients to build a cloud, it is not cloud in a box. As an operator, you will need to deal with many additional activities around the provisioning, configuration, monitoring, and administration of the infrastructure underlying OpenStack.

  • Limited Infrastructure Management – In OpenStack, the compute layer is built on top of a virtualized pool of host servers running a hypervisor such as KVM or VMware. Though the OpenStack community has done a nice job at putting together this software, an instance of an OpenStack installation requires additional infrastructure management activities outside the cloud controller software. These activities include things like infrastructure onboarding, bootstrapping, remediation, configuration management, patching, packaging, upgrades, high availability, backup, monitoring, metrics, user support, capacity forecasting and management, billing or chargeback, reclamation, security, firewalls, DNS, integration with other internal infrastructure and tools, and on and on and on. 
    The challenge – how do you monitor, administer and automate the virtualized infrastructure underlying your OpenStack implementation?
  • Siloed/Fragmented Virtualization and Cloud Management – There are important business reasons why some workloads will run in the cloud, and others will stay firmly rooted in your virtualized data center. But OpenStack’s built-in management utilities create yet another management silo and platform specific toolset that your administrators will have to become experts with, and across which you will need to apply enterprise-wide governance and security policies. 
    The challenge – how do you break down these silos to bring OpenStack into your data center, and manage from a single pane of glass?


ConVirt for OpenStack

ConVirt delivers enterprise-grade infrastructure management for OpenStack, enabling you to manage your private cloud infrastructure in a highly scalable and secure fashion the way you manage your on-premises virtualization today. From within ConVirt, you can provision new virtual datacenters, manage virtual machines, automate your operations, and much more, enabling you to get a centralized view of your public cloud resources and clients: 


Deliver Self Service That Includes Quota and User Management

A ConVirt Virtual Data Center (VDC) is a web-based self-service console that provides end users with the ability to manage a pre-defined set of virtual, cloud or physical resources. Data Center administrators define the compute, network, storage, quota, and user requirements for internal or external customers, then ConVirt automatically assembles and provisions the VDC from the available pool of resources in OpenStack, and creates an easy-to-use self-service console for customer administrators to use. 


Deliver Hybrid Cloud Services Combining Virtualization, and OpenStack Private Cloud Services

While multiple virtualization platforms are being used in the enterprise data center, OpenStack rules in private clouds. IT organizations need the ability to deploy applications to both platforms, based on a well-defined set of requirements, governance and policy rules. ConVirt allows IT organizations to manage both of these sets of resources from a single pane of glass, delivering them to end customers via self-service Virtual Data Centers with well-defined quotas, isolation, and user models. 


Unified Virtualization and Cloud Management

One of the most powerful aspects of ConVirt is its ability to manage across a heterogeneous set of hypervisors and cloud platforms, including VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, and others. By normalizing the functionality across these platforms up to a “highest common denominator” level, ConVirt can apply a standardized set of infrastructure management tools and capabilities across them, making it easier for your IT staff to scale, and providing an easy path to second sourcing.