[openstack-dev] OVF/OVA support

Bhandaru, Malini K malini.k.bhandaru at intel.com
Thu Nov 6 02:06:27 UTC 2014

Please join us on Friday in the Glance track - free format session, to discuss supporting OVF/OVA in OpenStack.


1)      How interested are you in this feature? 0 - 10

2)      Interested enough to help develop the feature?

Artifacts are ready for use.

We are considering defining an artifact for OVF/OVA.
What should the scope of this work be? Who are our fellow travelers?
Intel is interested in parsing OVF meta data associated with images - to ensure that a VM image lands on the most appropriate hardware in the cloud instance, to ensure optimal performance.
The goal is to remove the need to manually specify image meta data, allow the appliance provider to specify HW requirements, and in so doing reduce human error.
Are any partners interested in writing an OVF/OVA artifact => stack deployment? Along the lines of heat?
As a first pass, Intel we could at least

1)      Defining artifact for OVA, parsing the OVF in it, pulling out the images therein and storing them in the glance image database and attaching meta data to the same.

2)      Do not want to imply that OpenStack supports OVA/OVF -- need to be clear on this.

3)      An OpenStack user could create a heat template using the images registered in step -1

4)      OVA to Heat - there may be a loss in translation! Should we attempt this?

5)      What should we do with multiple volume artifacts?

6)      Are volumes read-only? Or on cloning, make copies of them?
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