OpenStack & Proxmox Private Cloud Integration

For the entire life of WPCloudDeploy all our integration efforts have gone toward Public Cloud services such as DigitalOcean, AWS, Vultr, Linode etc.

Our only nod to private clouds was our Custom Server provider.

This lack of integrated support was because private clouds are a whole different breed. Each private cloud is different – after a baseline installation, everything else can be customized.

So it has been almost impossible to create a single standardized provider that would reliably work across all private clouds without code changes.

Still, we kept mulling the problem and finally decided that best solution was a combination of software and services.

So, today, we’re introducing support for two Private Cloud stacks – Proxmox and OpenStack.

How It Works

We have created baseline providers for Proxmox and OpenStack that will work with a default installation of those products.

And we’re pairing them with a mandatory services contract to handle customizations for your unique private cloud features.

Private Clouds are, by their nature, on the higher-end of the cost spectrum and likely already have a fair amount of capital being expended to provision them. So having a services contract for installation and customization to allow for deep integration with the private cloud makes sense.

By creating the baseline providers we have cut the costs of writing a unique one for each custom private cloud by 50%, maybe more.

Your End-to-End Private Cloud For WordPress

One of the reasons we created WPCloudDeploy was to have a self-hosted, privacy-friendly alternative to SaaS services. However, you still ended up relying on large public cloud providers for your servers or manually connecting private servers (which is labor intensive).

Now you have multiple options for creating your own Private Clouds while still enjoying the benefits of a unified WPCloudDeploy experience.

You can create a private cloud using Proxmox or OpenStack and get a cost effective integrated scalable WordPress deployment option.

Your private cloud can be hosted at any hosting provider anywhere in the world. Or, of course, on your premises. You no longer have to use the big cloud services to get an integrated WP management panel.

The First End-to-End Privacy-Focused WordPress Stack

With this product we fill in a major privacy gap by allowing you to move away from the large cloud providers into your own siloed private cloud. Now you have a single end-to-end solution that:

  • Deploys and manages WordPress sites in your private cloud
  • Handles customer sales (with WooCommerce) that automatically deploy into your private cloud
  • Provides a highly customizable branded front-end for customers
  • Provides a feature rich, customizable, integrated back-end for admins

Getting Started

If you’re building a private cloud and looking for a WordPress deployment solution just contact us. We’ll

  • Provide a 1-on-1 demonstration of how the baseline integration work with Proxmox or OpenStack
  • Create a services quote based on how you’ve configured (or considering configuring) your networking on your private cloud

The providers are not available on a stand-alone basis. But you can get an idea of how they work and what you might possibly need to customize by reading the documentation:

And, of course feel free to shoot us any questions you have and we’ll reply asap.

Costs

As you might expect, the costs for these provider-combo services are on the higher end of the spectrum. Unless you have a super-simple basic private cloud, expect costs to start at $2000 USD for the provider + services combo.

How To Deploy A Private Cloud

If you’re kicking the tires or just thinking about the easiest way to deploy a private cloud, take a look at the openmetal.io service. With a a few clicks you can get a 3-server OpenStack cluster pre-configured. It’s the fastest way to get a hyperconverged OpenStack cloud up and running.

Each server is delivered with 16 cores, 128 GB of RAM and 3 TB of storage. But, because they’re configured as a cluster with redundancy you’ll likely end up with less useable resources.

We’ll probably write a different article later about how to use OpenMetal – it’s a relatively new service so it’s been flying under the radar for a while. But FreeCodeCamp wrote an article about them that brought a lot of visibility to it.

Wrap Up

Direct integration with private clouds is yet another step in the evolution of WPCloudDeploy. We hope you find these two new provider+services options useful as you consider growing your business.

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