[openstack-dev] Configuration Discovery - Satori

Jay Pipes jaypipes at gmail.com
Tue Jan 28 23:02:55 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-01-28 at 22:36 +0000, Adrian Otto wrote:
> OpenStack Devs,
> I'd like to introduce you to a team working on an interesting problem space. We would like to know what you think about Configuration Discovery. We plan to build a tool that aids in the process of automated configuration discovery.
> At Rackspace we work with customers who have pre-existing infrastructure and software running in production. To help them with changes, migrations, or configuration management, we often have to determine what they have in-place already. We have some tools and knowledge in-house that we use now, but we would like to create something even better in the open that would integrate well with OpenStack ecosystem projects like Heat, Solum, Murano, etc…
> The concept for the tool is simple. The inputs are facts we know about the current system (a username, API Key, URL, etc.) and the output is a set of structured configuration information. That information can be used for:
> - Generating Heat Templates
> - Solum Application creation/import
> - Creation of Chef recipes/cookbooks, Puppet modules, Ansible playbooks, setup scripts, etc..
> - Configuration analysis (compare this config with a catalog of best practices)
> - Configuration monitoring (has the configuration changed?)
> - Troubleshooting
> We would like to hear from anyone interested in this problem domain, start a conversation on how this fits in the OpenStack ecosystem, and start exploring possible use cases that would be useful for users and operators of OpenStack clouds.
> For more information about the team, implementation, and prior art in this area, please see:
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Satori

In the Related Work section, you list:

Devstructure Blueprint (https://github.com/devstructure/blueprint)

That is precisely what I would recommend. I don't see value in having a
separate OpenStack project that does this.


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