Bright OpenStack is ideal for users seeking a fast and easy path to OpenStack. Bright deploys and provisions not only the OpenStack instance, but also all of the underlying software ecosystem on which OpenStack relies. This includes associated databases, message queueing services (AMQP), load balancers (HAProxy), various clustered Linux servers, and the Linux operating system itself.
Bright’s installation wizard enables users to choose between an “express” and a “standard” deployment. In express mode, users will be prompted to answer only a few questions during the install process, with the possibility to alter the values automatically determined for them by the wizard. In standard mode, which allows for more customization (i.e. in terms of the storage and networking back end), the install process is still very streamlined, due to Bright’s ability to choose the best defaults and to detect pre-existing installations.
Bright OpenStack’s Cluster Management GUI (CMGUI) is optimized for performing daily OpenStack Management operations. Several capabilities distinguish Bright’s GUI from open source and other versions.
Single pane of glass. Bright OpenStack’s GUI is a single pane of glass solution. It gives the cloud admin full management and monitoring access to OpenStack resources as well as all of the components around OpenStack. This includes physical hardware, switches, PDUs, operating system services, hypervisors, virtualized hardware, and virtualized operating systems, various auxiliary software (HAProxy, RabbitMQ, etc.), etc. All from within a single window.
Lifecycle management. With CMGUI, you can easily modify the underlying OpenStack deployment as your requirements change. This can be done using the concept of roles.
Need more nova-api nodes? Simply assign the “OpenStack Compute API” role to a node or a group of nodes, maybe change some defaults if needed, and you’re done. The Bright cluster management daemon will take care of writing out the nova.conf configuration file, starting (and monitoring) the openstack-nova-compute service, and registering the new endpoint with HAProxy.
Native OpenStack management. Managing OpenStack objects (networks, subnets, routers, VMs, users etc), is straightforward with CMGUI. Admins always have direct access to all of the OpenStack objects associated in one way or the other with the currently selected object. This makes for very intuitive navigation.
Global search. OpenStack users frequently cite the need to conduct searches across all OpenStack objects, e.g. “all OpenStack objects (regardless of type) that have been disabled,” or, “VMs that were created 2 weeks ago between 1pm and 4pm.” This type of search is a snap with CMGUI’s built-in search function.
Managing complexity with filtering. In production, cloud admins often have to deal with thousands of objects. With CMGUI, users can easily filter out objects of interest by applying filters to their individual fields. It’s easy to show, for example, all volumes of a specific size, owned by specific tenant, and created on specific date.
Monitor the entire stack. Bright’s unique CMGUI monitoring view gives admins full monitoring access to the entire stack. Starting with monitoring physical hardware, physical switches, operating system, OS services, the hypervisor service, all the way through virtualized hardware, virtualized operating system and services, up to virtualized “userspace” programs running inside of those VMs. All from within the same window.