The goal of this blog is to share some details about how I have setup a cost-effective OpenStack Lab at home. For most enthusiasts, DevStack is the preferred way to experiment with OpenStack. But I wanted something more realistic for my experiments. OpenStack is intended for multi-tenant, distributed and highly scalable cloud. To appreciate its architecture I needed to move beyond DevStack. With a more realistic setup, you can understand how the distributed OpenStack components interact with each other.
Here is an overview of three basic networking devices - Hub, Bridge and a Switch. This blog and the related YouTube video at the end, will be useful for upcoming topics related to virtual networking such as Linux Bridge and Open vSwitch.