Zerostack for a cloud managed datacenter


During a research I was asked to take for a simple managenent of private cloud, I found an interesting company, Zerostack, that incidentally will be presenting its product in Austin at TechFieldDay #13, where I’ll be too.
After contacting them, I received promptly an access to their platform having the opportunity to have a look practically at this solution.
Everything starts, as usual, from a login page, that could be segregated not only per customer ID but also per Business Unit:
And you land on your main page where “projects” are listed. The project is a sub-set of the business unit you’re allowed to access, conceptually it’s an assignement of resources from the bundle you’re given.
Sliding down on the left panel, you find the users panel, groups and roles to assign to the projects or single VMs
The “Zapp Store” is well populated, there are all the most used applications, from the basic LAMP to WordPress, and vertically, to several developing frameworks. All this, beside to the most known OS.

Last, for the left bar, the simple settings page, with few details that can be modified.
Now, a step back, digging on my project, the details about VMs and resources configured (routers, Volumes, CPUs) and used
Browsing the project section, we have all the details per single VM, networking with its graphical layout, and security

The Storage section is interesting mostly for its type clarification: in this case a SSD storage is being used
Something that will excite API’s fans is the object storage, available via API and integrating S3 CLI for managing, secured by keys
And last, all the consumption data for the project

Well, after all these data about our existing VMs, time to create a new one!
starting from storage, through networking, proceeding to security and, last, as usual, summary before creating

We have our brand new VM!

That’s a good interface to use, friendly enough to include several complex configurations.
If you’re used to Amazon environment, this one seems even a little simpler. But as anything new, you’ll need some training to catch all the features, but it’s worth if you want to manage your OpenStack environment at its best.


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