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5 new guides for working with OpenStack

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OpenStack experience continues to be among the most in-demand skills in the tech world, with more and more organizations seeking to build and manage their own open source clouds. But OpenStack is a huge domain of knowledge, containing dozen of individual projects that are being actively developed at a rapid pace. Just keeping your skills up to date can be a challenge.

The good news is that there are lots of resources out there to keep you up to speed. In addition to the official project documentation, a variety training and certification programs, printed guides, and other resources, there are also a ton of tutorials and guides written by members of the OpenStack community and published across a variety of blogs and online publications.

At, every month we gather the best of these community-created resources and bring them together for you into one handy package. Here's what we rounded up last month.

  • First up this time is a quick introduction to Mistral usage in TripleO from Julie Pichon. Mistral is a workflow service, allowing you to set up a multi-step process automation and coordinating actions for you asynchronously. Learn the basics of Mistral, how it works, and how it is used within TripleO in this quick guide.

  • Want to dig further into TripleO for managing OpenStack deployments using OpenStack's own set of tools? Then you'll want to check out this set of cheatsheets for people who are making use of TripleO in their OpenStack setup. It's a work in progress, so feel free to contribute if you've got an idea of what should be included.

  • Completing our trifecta of TripleO guides, don't miss this quick guide to using TripleO to stand up a standalone Ceph deployment. All it takes is a short YAML file and an easy command.

  • Next up, if you're an OpenStack contributor, you might be familiar with the Grafana dashboard which displays various metrics around OpenStack's continuous integration infrastructure. Ever wondered how this service works, or want to create a new addition to this dashboard? Learn how to create your own local copy of the dashboard for testing purposes so you can play around with it and create your own modifications.

  • Ever wonder what's happening under the hood with networking on an OpenStack cloud? OpenStack often makes use of Open vSwitch for network services for Neutron and Nova; learn the basics of how it is set up in this walkthrough.

That's it for this time around. As always, be sure to check out our complete collection of OpenStack tutorials, which brings together hundreds of individual guides published across the past three years.

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Jason Baker - I use technology to make the world more open. Linux desktop enthusiast. Map/geospatial nerd. Raspberry Pi tinkerer. Data analysis and visualization geek. Occasional coder. Sysadmin. Web maker. Red Hatter since 2013.