Cloud orchestration allows you to deploy applications and infrastructure using a simple template language that describes the required resources and their relationship. The template format is based on YAML and is called Heat Orchestration Template (HOT). The orchestration service manages the life-cycle of application stacks on your behalf. When a template is modified, the service orchestrates the required changes to the infrastructure in the appropriate order. Templates can be managed like code and stored in your preferred version control system. More information about Heat can be found in the OpenStack wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Heat

The orchestration service can be integrated to configuration management systems to provision and manage software. It can run Puppet in standalone mode, or be used to present compute instances back to the Puppet/Chef master for software configuration.

There are no additional charges for the use of the cloud orchestration service. You will only pay for the resources consumed by your running application stacks (such as compute, network and storage).