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SUSE CLM Admin Console is a powerful tool for OpenStack management


When SUSE introduced the Cloud Lifecycle Manager for deploying SUSE OpenStack Cloud, we offered a flexible declarative model to define your OpenStack implementation and deploy it from the command line. But that was only half the story.

With SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9, SUSE introduces the Cloud Lifecycle Manager Admin Console, which enables users to manage Day 2 operations of a deployed OpenStack cluster from an intuitive, browser-based GUI. The CLM Admin Console is an extension of the graphical installation tool delivered in Cloud 8.

Based on the upstream Ardana project, the SUSE CLM Admin Console provides real-time information about your OpenStack services, packages, configuration, model and roles, and at-a-glance views of your entire topology. Instead of manually editing YaML files or relying on command-line tools, the CLM Admin Console captures everything in one place.

Figure 1. The CLM Admin Console reveals details about your OpenStack services and much more.

The CLM Admin Console moves beyond mere views, however, and allows you to manage your infrastructure. For example, you can review your existing OpenStack resource servers and their roles, deactivate nodes, or add new ones. It can even handle OS deployment on your new raw machines.

Figure 2. The CLM Admin Console enables direct management of existing or new OpenStack servers.

Understanding your OpenStack topology is simplified with the CLM Admin Console’s topology views, which provide a look at your services – everything from Cinder and Heat to Keystone and Nova – by control plane, region, service, network, server or role. It lets you drill down into each service and easily identify the services and resources it consumes.

Figure 3. In this CLM Admin Console view, you can see that Keystone consumes memcached, mysql and rabbitmq.

We recognize that every OpenStack deployment is different – and changes over time – so the CLM Admin Console lets you edit YaML configurations and make other changes right from the GUI, freeing you from always having to rely on the command line.

Figure 4. View and edit YaML configuration files directly in the CLM Admin Console.

The CLM Admin Console offers many more advantages for SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9, and I’ve only touched on a few. Look for more details and details at the Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver. We’re at booth A3, so come along to see it in action and speak to the SUSE team for more information.

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John S. TonelloJohn S. Tonello is SUSE’s Global Technical Marketing Manager responsible for helping you understand software-defined infrastructure. You can follow him @johntonello.