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OpenStack Deployment and Operations (February 2020)


About This Course

The OpenStack Deployment and Operations course is our self-paced basic course for fundamental OpenStack knowledge. It is the base for all our other OpenStack training modules and will enable you to deeply understand the basic ideas behind OpenStack and the general structure of the platform.

This course has a total of 38 units, out of which 16 are interactive lab exercises. Lab exercises vary from about 30 to 90 minutes in length. Overall, it is possible to complete the entire course in a matter of 2-3 days in one go, but we recommend to spread out your lessons: for best results, plan to do about 2-3 units, including one lab, every day or every other day. If you follow that recommendation, you will complete the course in about 2-4 weeks — but if a different schedule suits you better, go with what works best for you!


In this course, you will build your own OpenStack cluster, and learn how to operate it according to current industry best practices.

At the end of the course you will

  • Have a deep understanding of the fundamental ideas of cloud computing;
  • Know how OpenStack's various components work and interact together;
  • Understand OpenStack's project structure and history;
  • Know how to operate, manage, and run a basic OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform.

You will initially deploy an OpenStack cluster using the OpenStack Stein release, and then do a complete rolling upgrade to OpenStack Train.

Course Staff

Florian Haas

Florian Haas

Drawing from a decade of experience in open source technology, Florian is among the most renowned OpenStack experts in the world. He has worked with customers of all sizes and markets, and is a frequent conference speaker.

Adolfo Brandes

Adolfo Brandes

Adolfo is a Senior Consultant an instructor specializing in OpenStack deployment, contribution, and community involvement. As an open-source veteran with a decade-long background in software development, Adolfo joined hastexo from Upstream University, a program where he showed the ropes to aspiring open-source and free software developers. He is passionate about open source and understands there's no better way to develop software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to download or install anything?

No, all course material will be delivered on demand to your device via a web browser or edX app. Labs will be conducted online as well.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.