SandBox for the Benelux

The SandBox is the simplest way to try out OpenStack Queens Cloud Software. Therefore we have built a continuously growing OpenStack test environment with hardware and software that has been made available by several suppliers. The use of the SandBox is free of charge. On this OpenStack platform  you can test how your applications operate on an OpenStack environment. To log into the SandBox, you first sign up as a member on (Member registration).


Only when you are logged in as a member you can apply for an account for the SandBox.

SandBox Login

How does it work?

How do I create an account?

Before you can sign up for the SandBox you must first sign up as a member of at the top of this page via Member registration. Registering is easiest via the LinkedIn button or send an e-mail to

As a member you can ask questions on and react and share knowledge with the community. At the bottom of this page we list all the posts of members. Only when you are logged in as a member you can apply for an account for the SandBox.


How long does it take to get an account?

It can take a while before you get access to the Sandbox because we do the handling to create accounts manually. For this we ask some patience.

How can I get help?

We offer different ways to get help you. Of course you can always ask your question on There are a few great avenues available to get help. For quick API reference, the OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Identity APIs are well documented at It would also serve you well to spend a moment reading the API Guide. More OpenStack documentation is also available at  For very specific questions or advice about your own private OpenStack environment you can send an email with your question to:

What can I do with the SandBox?

The SandBox resembles the type of cloud environment you can create on your own with OpenStack Software.

Is the use of the SandBox unlimited?

We have set a few sensible limits in place for the good of the project. First, the server instances you launch are only available for 120 hours until the hardware is reclaimed for use by new instances. We also assess the use of the SandBox on ‘fair usage’. At all time we can decide to close your access and remove your test environment and data.

Is there a SLA on the SandBox?

Since this Sandbox is managed by volunteers, there is no SLA. The Sandbox may go down from time to time for maintenance or to upgrade to the latest release of OpenStack.

What about quotas?

When you first get your account, it will be preloaded with a limited quota. Don’t get too hung up on your quota, we have to keep limits in place to prevent abuse.


Question and knowledge sharing

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  • Welke hardware raad je aan voor een Proof of Concept van OpenStack?
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Ik ga beginnen met een OpenStack proof of concept. Welke hardware raad je aan om mee te starten?

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Posted by Marijn Heeswijk, van (Questions: 4, Answers: 4)
Asked on 8 May 2015 15:51
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OpenStack kan geïnstalleerd worden op in principe alle hardware. Voor een proof of technology kan dat zelfs op 1 node.
Juist omdat OpenStack is ontwikkeld voor schalende omgevingen, is een 1-node implementatie meestal niet representatief. Bovendien kunnen juist de onderscheidende voordelen van OpenStack zo niet tot hun recht komen.

Wil je dus werkelijk een bewijs zien van de conceptuele werking van OpenStack, dan is minimaal een 4-node implementatie aan te raden en zijn 10 nodes ideaal. Het gaat dan om 1 tot 3 compute nodes, 1 of 2 networking nodes, 1 of 2 controller nodes en 1 tot 3 storage nodes.

Zoals voor elke cloud implementatie geldt ook hier de vuistregel dat in algemeenheid je beter kunt kiezen voor meer maar kleinere nodes dan minder maar grotere nodes. Dat geldt zeker in het geval van een proof of concept. Bespaar je tijdens een proof of concept ook tijd voor het afstemmen van verschillende soorten hardware, door gelijke hardware voor de nodes te gebruiken.

Is het doel om de performancegegevens te verzamelen dan is het natuurlijk aan te raden de hardware te gebruiken waarop in de productie gewerkt zal worden.

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