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Aptira Custom OpenStack Tools & Training

A large Telco leverages OpenStack components to host and manage Virtual Network Functions (VNF) for external network services, running RedHat’s OSP as their OpenStack platform. They needed additional resources, as well as additional in-house skills and experience to efficiently manage this platform.

The Challenge

One of our clients is in the process of creating a new platform. This platform consists of tools, systems and hardware which is required to host, manage and connect Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) to external networks.

OSP is a complex product and their internal team lacked expertise in running, managing and operating such a large and involved system. Also, they were under time constraints and were concerned that they may not be able to deliver the system on time.

The Aptira Solution

Aptira offered a mix of resident engineer support and project-based resources to assist with the following tasks.

  • OpenStack Tuning: We provided consulting advice on best practice methods for tuning OpenStack so it functions better in their production environment. We also helped troubleshoot some issues they were facing during the deployment of RedHat OSP.
  • OpenStack Training: We created a custom OpenStack training course and delivered an intensive training session to their operational team (about 10 people) so that the ops team can efficiently manage all operation tasks of the environment.
  • OpenStack Testing: We developed Jenkins test suites using the robot framework. These test suites validate OpenStack and its base operating system after an upgrade or change.
  • OpenStack Monitoring: They are currently using Zenoss to monitor OpenStack, but Zenoss data is not able to be used in other systems. Hence a custom program has been developed to export Zenoss data to a Hadoop-based capacity planning system. This data is then used to generate reports for capacity planning.

The Result

What started out as a short-term project to get their team up to speed with OpenStack has now turned into a long-term engagement with more projects planned to further enhance their OpenStack abilities.

With the custom OpenStack tools we created, they are now confident to complete upgrades and make required change to the system without further assistance. Their OpenStack was built on schedule without delay and is now running in production.

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