Put Booster Rockets on Your Dell OpenStack Project with Dell Services

This blog post was written by Chris Castellani, Services Planner, Dell Cloud Solutions Team

Do you need to boost your OpenStack-powered cloud into production? Let’s be honest.  A partly-built OpenStack cloud sitting on your launch pad may be massively scalable and flexible, but not very useful or profitable.  The faster you can get your OpenStack cloud up and running, the quicker you will get to payload results.  So here’s an OpenStack launch secret for you, from the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solutions rocket scientists, also known as the Dell Services team:

Dell Services can place your OpenStack cloud project on the right trajectory to reach orbit – a production deployment.

We built the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution to provide automated, flexible cloud computing that is massively scalable and fast. Our OpenStack Reference Architecture provides speed and efficiency, thanks to the fine-tuned performance of PowerEdge servers and Force10 networking. The Dell Crowbar software framework allows bare metal deployment of OpenStack clouds in a few hours instead of days or weeks. To move even faster, add in any or all of the following Services which are designed to help you design, deploy and manage your OpenStack cloud:

  • OpenStack Solution Implementation – To get your cloud up and running quickly, Dell offers turnkey implementation of the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution in your data center.  This service includes rack-mounting and cabling the solution hardware, installation and configuration of the host operating system and OpenStack software using Dell Crowbar. Get the knowledge transfer you need during each step so your IT staff can rapidly start deploying applications to your new cloud.
  • OpenStack Consulting – In most cases, the standard Dell Reference Architecture and Implementation Services will meet your needs.  Others may desire a more custom solution that reflects their specific cloud requirements or the application workloads they plan to run on OpenStack.  For customers with advanced requirements such as these, Dell offers custom SOW-based OpenStack Cloud Consulting services including workshops, assessments, design and implementation.
  • OpenStack Training – Dell offers a private OpenStack training course that can be delivered at your chosen location.  The two-day intensive course provides hands-on technical training for OpenStack and is aimed at IT professionals looking to get started on an OpenStack cloud deployment. Each day will consist of lecture, demos and group exercises. 
  • Solution Support – Talk to experts trained on the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution. Dell ProSupport offers a single point of accountability with access to highly trained experts, available 24x7x365. ProSupport also includes support for the Dell Crowbar software.

Whether you’re looking for a small proof-of-concept OpenStack cloud to deploy in your lab, or a massively scalable production OpenStack cloud to use for mission critical applications, Dell Services can help you get off the launch pad in an efficient and affordable manner.

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Sarah Vela

About the Author: Sarah Vela

Sarah is the Chief Blog Strategist for Dell Technologies. Born in New York and raised in New England, she has been living and working in the Austin area for over 20 years, but she knows that doesn't make her a true Texan. She joined Dell in the spring of 2011, left briefly for another company, but realized her mistake and returned in November of 2019. Sarah has five kids, two dogs, two cats, and no free time.