As OpenStack deployments mature from evaluation/development to production environments supporting apps and services, high-availability becomes a key requirement. In a previous post, we showed you how to cluster the database backend - which is central to the operation of OpenStack. In that setup, you would have two controllers, while placing a 3-node Galera cluster on separate hosts. Now, it can be quite a leap to go from one VM with all services running on it, to a fully distributed setup with 5 VMs. The good news is that you can have a highly available setup starting with just 3 VMs.