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The OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) performs a large number of OpenStack benchmarks in its day-to-day operations. To replicate production values during testing, the cloud is filled with workloads to ensure reliable results. While testing live migration, the OSIC DevOps team used Apache Spark Streaming as a driver for their workloads.

By Ianeta Hutchinson and Nish Patwa

Over the last few years, many enterprise customers have moved application workloads into public and private clouds, such as those powered by OpenStack. This trend is projected to grow significantly until 2020. Moving to the cloud offers customers lower costs and a consolidation of virtual estates, and they can benefit from OpenStack’s increased manageability.

Deploying OpenStack services directly to bare-metal can be difficult.  That’s why project lead Steven Dake and a few others started OpenStack Kolla.  It aims to provide production-ready, declarative deployment of OpenStack entirely in Docker containers. The Kolla project delivers Docker container definitions for deployment tools like Ansible and Kubernetes.