Course Description

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UPDATE! The OpenStack Fundamentals (OS50) has been updated for the OpenStack Rocky release 

This OpenStack primer is a revised version of our top selling OpenStack Bootcamp I (OS100) course with focus on developing business perspectives and understanding the basics of OpenStack. This course is intended for OpenStack end-users such as project managers, business developers, and sales engineers who require cloud platform operational skills and a high level understanding of cloud computing internals, using OpenStack. The course is broken up into two sections: lectures and labs.

The lectures provide students with the basics of cloud computing, OpenStack business values, OpenStack Overview, and the OpenStack Ecosystem.

The labs provide students with hands-on experience using the Horizon dashboard to provision your own cloud resources like virtual machines, virtual networks, and block storage. Students will also gain experience managing their own application image repository.

This quick yet comprehensive introductory OpenStack basics course is led by Mirantis engineers. Passionate about teaching, every Mirantis instructor is committed to helping IT professionals of all skill levels advance their expertise in OpenStack, offering individual help and facilitating students in understanding class materials.

  • Average required time to complete the course: 8 hours
  • Access to labs: 3 days
  • Lab Extensions: 3 maximum
  • Access to lectures: 1 year

Target Audience

  • Project Managers
  • Pre-Sales / Sale Engineers
  • Development Engineers
  • Business Stakeholders


  • None

Lab Requirements

  • Laptop with Web Browser


  • The objective of the class is to help all students speak intelligently about OpenStack.
  • By the end of this course, students will be able to describe compelling enterprise use cases of OpenStack with a high level understanding of OpenStack components and how they interrelate. 
  • Furthermore, students will gain knowledge of operating an OpenStack cluster as an end-user which equates to valuable hands-on experience for business developers and sales engineers to seamlessly transition from pre-sales to successfully closing deals.


Module 1: Introduction to OpenStack

  • What is Cloud?
  • OpenStack business value
  • What is OpenStack?
  • What is unique about OpenStack?
  • OpenStack Foundation
  • Introducing the OpenStack projects
  • OpenStack APIs
  • OpenStack Ecosystem
  • How do you get OpenStack?
  • OpenStack deployment considerations


Understanding the classroom environment

Exploring the Dashboard UI (Horizon)

Create and manage images

Module 2: OpenStack Architecture

  • Request Process Flow - Deploy an Instance
  • Dashboard UI (Horizon)
  • Identity Service (Keystone)
  • Compute Service (Nova)
  • Image Service (Glance)
  • Network Service (Neutron)
  • Block Storage Service (Cinder)
  • Resource Quotas


Curriculum Developer/Technical Trainer

Paul Quigley

Double BA in Mathematics & Computer Science from UCSC and a MS in EECS from Santa Clara University Early career included work as a c/c++ developer on Unix and embedded real-time systems. Led teams in US, Taipei, and Shanghai, developing IPMI firmware for BMC for Dell, IBM and other ODMs."There is a lot I like about being a trainer - I've always enjoyed teaching. However, what stands out for me in leading Mirantis OpenStack trainings is the opportunity to meet engineers and architects working on some of the most exciting and challenging IT projects currently out there."Learn a little more about Reza: Early in his career, Reza was a c/c++ developer, working on Unix and embedded real-time systems. He received his double BA in Mathematics and Computer Science at UCSC and his MS in EECS at Santa Clara University.Reza has taught courses at Santa Clara University and he has worked as an adjunct faculty member. He also joined Versant Object Tech, working as a trainer and post-sales/service engineer, deploying applications on Versant ODBMS throughout north-America and Europe.Reza participated in the internet revolution and web development in late 90s at a startup that didn't quite make it, followed by a decade leading various teams in the US, Taipei, and Shanghai developing IPMI firmware for multiple generations of BMC for Dell, IBM, and other ODMs. After stepping back into the internet and the cloud in 2012, he has been inspired by the breath and growth of open-source, as well as the transformation of software to glueware.When not working with Openstack: Reza is married and lives with his wife and two teenage girls in sunny San Luis Obispo, California - home of CalPoly.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to OS50

    • OS50 OpenStack Fundamentals

  • 2

    Module 1

    • Introduction to OpenStack

    • Questions

    • Start The Lab

    • Lab Introduction

    • Lab 1 Explore Environment

    • Lab 2 The Dashboard UI (Horizon)

    • Lab 3 The Image Service (Glance)

  • 3

    Module 2

    • OpenStack Architecture

    • Questions

    • Lab 4 The Block Storage service (Cinder)

    • Lab 5 The Identity service (Keystone)

  • 4

    PDFs available for downloading (optional)

    • Lecture/slide PDFs

    • Lab Workbook