Gain better control of your OpenStack infrastructure from initial deployment to ongoing operations using Fuel, the OpenStack management software project, and StackLight, a logging, monitoring and alerting toolchain.

Developed by the OpenStack community, Fuel makes it easy to deploy and manage a variety of OpenStack distributions and third-party plugins, so you won’t be compromised by hard bundling or vendor lock-in. It accelerates the otherwise time-consuming, often complex, and error-prone process of deploying and running various configuration flavors of OpenStack at scale.

After deployment, track the operational health of your cloud with StackLight, and maintain operations with lifecycle management features of Fuel to scale up/down, modify configurations or add plugins for expanded functionality.

Using Fuel to deploy and manage OpenStack

Automate discovery of nodes and conduct pre-deployment checks

Fuel automatically discovers any bare metal and virtual nodes configured to boot from network. Once they are identified and bootstrapped, Fuel presents a complete picture of nodes ready for allocation, so you can assign roles and resources across your cloud. Fuel then runs pre-flight validations to ensure your network is configured properly, to overcome one of the most common start-up configuration problems in OpenStack deployment.

For example, DHCP conflicts are often not visible to conventional network checks. Fuel flags and exposes errors before and after node allocation, cutting debug time and ensuring timely deployment of your OpenStack cluster.

Choose valid configurations quickly and easily

Given the wide array of configuration decisions you need to make in any OpenStack cluster, Fuel helps you get started through a consumer-grade, step-by-step wizard. It simplifies and sequences the array of configuration options you need to work through, to let you select your:

Host operating system

Hypervisors (including VMware)

Storage back ends (including Ceph)

Networking topology

Controller configuration specific to the high availability (HA) needs of your OpenStack environment

Controllers can be deployed on dedicated nodes or on virtual machines for a small footprint.

The wizard also simplifies iterative reconfiguration and redeployment of successive clusters as your environments grow and change.

Choose from a variety of OpenStack options for your environment

Mirantis validates the distros directly from trunk, so that you can use Fuel to maintain OpenStack.

OpenStack packages distributed with Mirantis OpenStack are pulled directly from the trunk and bug-fixed ahead of the community release. In addition to all of the core OpenStack packages, Mirantis OpenStack includes HA components and related OpenStack projects to maximize the resiliency and value of your OpenStack environment.

In addition to KVM and QEMU, Mirantis OpenStack lets you choose VMWare vCenter as your hypervisor technology, providing access to compute resources from attached ESXi servers. That means that if you have an existing VMware vCenter/ESX-based server environment, you can use those servers as compute resources for Mirantis OpenStack. Fuel installs a Nova compute service with the VMWare vCenter server driver activated onto a controller node. This service then communicates directly with vCenter so that the OpenStack scheduler can create VM instances on ESXi servers.

Streamline OpenStack management and operations

Fuel offers an intuitive GUI that includes an equipment view of all your nodes, adds contextual advice through the environment definition phases, and provides information quick access links to plugin endpoints. In addition, Fuel provides a set of high-level APIs, that can be used by various applications and services to perform deployment and management of OpenStack clusters, such as to:

Create a cloud

Add a node to an existing cloud

Assign one or more roles to any node, or replicate a single role across many nodes

Delete a node from a cloud

Label, Sort and filter nodes by attributes

Set volumes and/or partition hard disks across multiple physical hosts all at once

Collect, parse, organize, and download logs

Specify underlay network topology using network templates

Ensure your OpenStack cluster is healthy and ready to run workloads

Fuel enables you to add StackLight, an open source toolchain for logging, monitoring and alerting, so you can systematically ensure effective operations of your OpenStack infrastructure. Designed to be scalable, extensible, and capable of integrating with existing monitoring systems, StackLight provides prioritized, actionable insights, so you can quickly identify and respond to the most critical alerts.