The buzz about OpenStack keeps getting stronger and stronger everyday. Today, OpenStack is considered the sole choice for open source cloud platform. Last open stack release had more than 6000+ developers participating in it. With all this OpenStack hype, more users want to try it. But unfortunately, OpenStack novices always struggle on how to start. OpenStack is not an easy software that you can use right away. The learning curve can be very steep. That is why I decided to write a blog recommending some of the  best videos that I came across during my OpenStack journey.

Recommended videos

Introduction to OpenStack with Sandy Walsh from Rackspace

This is a 30 minute video that is one the best videos I’ve come across that can help introduce OpenStack to someone completely new to the project. The talk is not too technical and gives a broad overview of the project and the architecture. Walsh talks about what OpenStack is, what it is not, how the project got started, some of the core projects, and he outlines the architecture and scalability of OpenStack.

Overview of OpenStack and the OpenStack Foundation with Mark Collier

This is a 35 minute video with Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, where he gives an overview of OpenStack and goes into details about the community and the OpenStack Foundation.

OpenStack 101 with Joshua McKenty from Piston Cloud Computing

This is a 40 minute video that covers the history of OpenStack, an overview of the project (including debunks), provides a technical overview of each of the component, and covers the project governance. McKenty was part of the original OpenStack release and was the architect and team lead at NASA that build the Nova volume, network, and compute components prior to OpenStack.

OpenStack Basics with Brian Gracely from Cisco

This is a 10 minute video that is very technical. It compares OpenStack to the existing cloud infrastructure and maps out what many technologist are familiar with to the OpenStack architecture.

OpenStack Architecture with Russell Bryant from Red Hat

This is a 45 minute video that is a technical deep dive into the OpenStack architecture. Bryant details each of the core projects:

  • Identity (Keystone)
  • Dashboard (Horizon)
  • Orchestration (Heat)
  • Metering (Celiometer)
  • Object stroage (Swift)
  • Image service (Glance)
  • Networking (Quantum now Neutron)
  • Compute (Nova)

If you find other OpenStack videos that you really like, please add them in the comment section. OpenStack is on going project, and new videos show up everyday 🙂