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instance.png Nova is the OpenStack project that provides a way to provision compute instances. Nova supports the creation of virtual machines, baremetal servers and offers limited support for system containers. 

Main features

  • Manages the instances catalog
  • Processes the requests for creation of instances (relation with the hypervisor)
  • Manages the placement of instances on compute nodes
  • Provides metadata (systems and users) to the instances
  • Provides networking functions (limited)
  • Provides access to instances (VNC, console, Spice...)
  • Supports: KVM, Xen, ESXi, Hyper-V, Docker and LXC

OpenStack Documentation