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DevStack: Easy OpenStack Setup

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DevStack: Easy OpenStack Setup

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In response to accelerated release cycles, a new set of testing capabilities is now required to deliver quality at speed. This is why there is a shake-up in the testing tools landscape—and a new leader has emerged in the just released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation.

By now most developers and IT folks recognize the groundswell behind OpenStack and why it's so awesome to be able to build your own cross-platform cloud infrastructure.  However, it's still a bit daunting for many in the tech community because it's a complex collection of technologies and some people are not willing to put in the upfront effort to figure it out and work productively with it.

Well a group of Rackspace hackers have made it a lot easier to get over that initial hump with "DevStack" - a shell script to build complete OpenStack environments on Ubuntu 11.10. 


Image from DevStack.org

There is an abundance of scripts and simplified guides to walk you through basic tasks like running OpenStack in a VM.

I highly recommend that you check out their FAQ before anything because you'll learn that it's not a tool to be used in production deployments.  Rather, it's for getting your feet wet with OpenStack, which seems like an investment that will pay off because so many companies are now supporting it like a standard.

The creators also mention that they decided to go with shell scripts instead of Puppet or Chef because they needed to use a more widely understood system.

Check out the GitHub page as well as devstack.org and see how building your own cloud feels.

Recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Software Test Automation provides an objective benchmark of all test automation solutions based on industry surveys, customer inquiries, product evaluations, and more. 

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