Terminology

Catalyst Cloud names its services after what they do. As an example, we call our compute service “compute”, which clearly describes its function. This is more straightforward, and easier to remember than unintuitive code-names such as Nova or EC2.

Since Catalyst Cloud is based on OpenStack, it is important and useful to be familiar with the names that apply to each part of OpenStack. This is practical when searching for, and referring to, supplementary OpenStack documentation. Many resources on the Internet will refer to OpenStack’s native project titles.

Below you will find a table listing the services offered by Catalyst Cloud and how they map back to OpenStack project names, or services provided by other cloud providers.

Service OpenStack name Amazon AWS
Identity and access control Keystone IAM
Compute Nova EC2
Network Neutron VPC
Block storage Cinder EBS
Object storage Swift S3
Orchestration Heat Cloud Formation
Telemetry Ceilometer Cloud Watch
Billing Distil  
Registration StackTask