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Performance Evaluation of OpenStack Deployment Tools
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Communication Systems. Blekinge Institute of Technology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Cloud computing allows access to a collection of computing resources that can be easily provisioned, configured as well as released on-demand with minimum cost and effort. OpenStack is an open source cloud management platform aimed at providing public or private IaaS cloud on standard hardware. Since, deploying OpenStack manually is tedious and time-consuming, several tools that automate the deployment of OpenStack are available. Usually, cloud administrators choose a tool based on its level of automation, ease of use or interoperability with existing tools used by them. However, another desired factor while choosing a deployment tool is its deployment speed. Cloud admins cannot select based on this factor since, there is no previous work done on the comparison of deployment tools based on deployment time. This thesis aims to address this issue.

The main aim of the thesis is to evaluate the performance of OpenStack deployment tools with respect to operating system provisioning and OpenStack deployment time, on physical servers. Furthermore, the effect of varying number of nodes, OpenStack architecture deployed and resources (cores and RAM) provided to deployment node on provisioning and deployment times, is also analyzed. Also, the tools are classified based on stages of deployment and method of deploying OpenStack services. In this thesis we evaluate the performance of MAAS, Foreman, Mirantis Fuel and Canonical Autopilot.

The performance of the tools is measured via experimental research method. Operating system provisioning time and OpenStack deployment times are measured while varying the number of nodes/ OpenStack architecture and resources provided to deployment node i.e. cores and RAM.

Results show that provisioning time of MAAS is less than Mirantis Fuel which is less than Foreman for all node scenarios and resources cases considered. Furthermore, for all 3 tools as number of nodes increases provisioning time increases. However, the amount of increase is lowest for MAAS than Mirantis Fuel and Foreman. Similarly, results for bare metal OpenStack deployment time show that, Canonical Autopilot outperforms Mirantis Fuel by a significant difference for all OpenStack scenarios and resources cases considered. Furthermore, as number of nodes in an OpenStack scenario as well as its complexity increases, the deployment time for both the tools increases.

From the research, it is concluded that MAAS and Canonical Autopilot perform better as provisioning and bare metal OpenStack deployment tool respectively, than other tools that have been analyzed. Furthermore, from the analysis it can be concluded that increase in number of nodes/ OpenStack architecture, leads to an increase in both provisioning time and OpenStack deployment time for all the tools. Finally, after analyzing the results the tools are classified based on the method of deploying OpenStack services i.e. parallel or role-wise parallel.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Canonical Autopilot, DevOps, Measurements, Mirantis Fuel, OpenStack
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13387OAI: diva2:1046150
Subject / course
ET2580 Master's Thesis (120 credits) in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunication Systems
Educational program
ETATX Master of Science Programme in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunication Systems
2016-09-27, J3208, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 371 79, Karlskrona, Sweden, 15:30 (English)
Available from: 2016-11-16 Created: 2016-11-11 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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