Problem: You can't try out Exosphere without OpenStack credentials
Most researchers won't know what an OpenRC file is. And if the barrier to entry is making them go to Horizon first, they'll probably give up.
Moreover cloud operators are the kind of people who tend to not trust random proxies on the internet with their OpenStack credentials. (I know this from a conversation with one.)
What would success / a fix look like?
- A one-click disposable OpenStack sandbox environment to try Exosphere.
- A smooth path to a full OpenStack environment
See how these people pitch it:
While the deployment is frictionless and completes in minutes, we want to make it even simpler for you to try out our platform before installing it in your environment. With that mind, we are very happy to announce a free OpenStack sandbox environment for you to explore!
You can get access to the sandbox by signing up here...
Upon login, you will be given a tenant role with a few built in Glance images and VM flavors. From there, you can easily spin up virtual machines, access the console and perform other day-2 operations like starting/shutting down or changing the configuration of the VMs. You can also execute most workflows in the UI. Since it is a sandbox environment, you may not be able to perform certain operations like adding a new host, creating new routers, or uploading new Glance images. We will be regularly adding features to the sandbox.
The sandbox is available for 4 hours after your first log in. If you want to spend more time playing with out platform’s managed OpenStack infrastructure, you can always request a free trial at ...