Try Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes

Get your hands dirty with Mirantis OpenStack for K8s easily and for free

With Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes (MOSK), you can deploy, manage, and observe a full-featured, multi-tenant private cloud at any scale and any location: in your data center, in a co-location, or at remote edge sites — wherever you need to host virtualized applications. 

A modern enterprise OpenStack cloud runs on top of powerful bare metal servers. It incorporates a centralized logging, monitoring, and alerting system and full stack tooling to automate management of the underlying infrastructure, from server provisioning to software configuration. It integrates with various external systems, such as corporate identity databases, and the data center networking, which needs to be set up according to the cloud’s requirements. 

The power and flexibility that OpenStack users get are paid off by the thorough design work performed by engineers and architects while building the cloud. The complexity of the technology turns the task of setting up even a small proof-of-concept cluster into a small project, making it quite challenging to give it a try without significant prior investment.

That is, until now! Our TryMOSK program enables you to get hands-on experience with Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes, without spending either time nor money.

What is TryMOSK?

TryMOSK leverages the combined power of Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes and the Equinix Metal platform to enable you to take a shortcut through the process of an OpenStack cloud design and deployment, and especially its most complicated steps: hardware provisioning and configuration and network infrastructure setup - the process that in normal circumstances would have taken several experienced engineers at least a week.  

A TryMOSK cloud is small but feature-full; its capacity and performance enable it to easily host a few production-grade applications. In fact, it is built from one of the standard reference architectures that MOSK offers for compact clouds. 

If you are an IT engineer or architect responsible for cloud infrastructure design and management, you will experience:

  • The simplicity of performing day-to-day cloud management operations, such as:

    • Applying updates to all the components of the stack, including OpenStack, 

    • Making changes to the configuration

    • Expanding the cloud’s capacity - adding more hypervisors and storage

  • How advanced logging, monitoring, and alerting help to prevent and resolve issues in the cloud infrastructure

  • The resilience of MOSK’s advanced architecture - how well MOSK tolerates various infrastructure failures

… and much more

If you are a DevOps engineer looking to onboard an application to the cloud, you will be able to learn and play with:

  • The services an OpenStack private cloud provides and how your app can make the best use of them

  • The basic primitives that you need to manipulate in order to spin up a virtual working space

  • The modern tools commonly used to deploy and manage applications on top of a cloud

    • This includes Mirantis Kubernetes Engine, which can be deployed up on top of the same OpenStack cloud

For both groups of users, we will suggest several exciting demonstration scenarios that you can perform in your evaluation cloud.

What You’re Getting

You will get a complete and ready-to-use Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes cloud running on top of real hardware hosted by our partner, Equinix Metal. You will have full access to the cloud as if you were running it in your own data center. 

You will get access to the following:

  • 10 pre-provisioned physical servers with all the necessary networking infrastructure 

  • A containerized OpenStack cluster, including a number of cloud services (see below). The cluster also includes:

    • Hyper-converged storage (Ceph) to store different types of cloud workload data 

    • Software-Defined Networking (Open vSwitch) to build comprehensive virtual network topologies 

  • An integrated full-stack logging, monitoring, and alerting system (Mirantis StackLight)

  • An instance of Mirantis Container Cloud (MCC) to manage the life cycle of all of these components put together

  • Written instructions on how to make the best use of your time with the TryMOSK cloud

Important Note: The environment is provided completely free of charge; however, it will only be available to you for a limited period of 3 business days.

A TryMOSK cloud offers the following services, which you can access using a web browser or command-line interface:

  • Identity (Keystone), integrated with centralized identity and access management system in Mirantis Container Cloud

  • Compute (Nova)

  • Images (Glance)

  • Block Storage (Cinder)

  • Networking (Neutron), with Open vSwitch backend

  • Orchestration (Heat)

  • Load balancing (Octavia)

  • Object Storage (Ceph RADOS Gateway), providing S3 and Swift compatible APIs

  • Web UI (Horizon)

In addition, you will be able to enhance your TryMOSK cloud with:

  • Telemetry (Ceilometer)

  • Instance High Availability (Masakari)

Important Note: Although a TryMOSK cluster gets completely erased after every evaluation period, we strongly discourage you from using it to process any real data, especially personal or security-sensitive information. Mirantis does not take any responsibility for the workloads or the data that you host in your TryMOSK cloud.

What You Need to Get Started

  • A business email address, so we can contact you once your evaluation cloud is ready. Unfortunately, we can not offer TryMOSK to private individuals

  • Some technical knowledge and skills - This tutorial assumes familiarity with Linux, OpenStack, and Kubernetes command line tools, networking fundamentals, virtualization, and cloud technology in general.

Important Note: The authoritative reference for designing, deploying, and operating a production Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes cluster can be found in the Mirantis Documentation Portal. You may find it useful to read through the provided guides before getting hands-on with TryMOSK.

As a convenient alternative to “DIY,” non-engineers are strongly encouraged to speak with a Mirantis Account Executive, who will arrange a remote demonstration at your convenience. Mirantis’ professional services organization stands ready to assist with proof-of-concept installations and to provide assistance in deploying Mirantis products for use by customers.

Step 1. Sign up for the TryMOSK program

Important Note: Don't want to wait or do not need a full-fledged bare metal cluster? Please check our simplified version of TryMOSK which you can spin up instantly inside your AWS tenant, available today.