OpenStack idea

So I keep hearing about OpenStack, but I don’t have a ton of physical machines laying around. Looking at for some initial work, then I’ll move on to multiple VMs on my VM host. What I’d like to do, is be able to spin up an environment quickly, easily, using OpenStack for some of the work I’ve been doing. I’ve used AutomatedLab ( on Hyper-V before, as well as the new Containers feature of Windows Server 2016, but I want to learn about how others use virtualization and management tools in order to scale up/out their infrastructure and services.