Red Hat extends OpenStack leadership with Enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS innovations

By : |November 5, 2013 0

OpenStack Summit, HONG KONG: Red Hat Inc. has announced several new innovations in support of the company’s open hybrid cloud vision, including beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, advancements to drive OpenShift by Red Hat on OpenStack, and a preview of OpenStack-M, an open source deployment and management solution for OpenStack-powered clouds that will be integrated into future versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

In June 2013, Red Hat delivered on its open hybrid cloud vision with the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, a solution that serves as the foundation for advanced cloud users who are seeking to build an OpenStack-powered cloud, and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive offering designed to support organizations on their journey from traditional datacenter virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds.

The announcements continue that vision and extend Red Hat’s continued leadership in the OpenStack community and commitment to providing industry-leading enterprise solutions based on the popular OpenStack framework for building and managing private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 Beta
The beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 includes both OpenStack Havana and the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, and includes several new features for improved deployment and manageability of cloud computing implementations, including:

* Full support for Foreman, a lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers that simplifies the addition of both physical and virtual compute nodes to an OpenStack deployment, aiding the deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform on hardware.

* Full support for OpenStack Orchestration (Heat) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), and a technology preview of Ceilometer. OpenStack Heat offers an orchestration engine to launch application stacks, while Neutron (previously Quantum) delivers “networking-as-a-service” (software-defined networking) between interface devices such as vNICs. Ceilometer provides OpenStack resource instrumentation which can help support service monitoring and billing systems in the acquisition of customer usage data.

* Integration with Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. CloudForms 3.0, also announced today, now provides a single, unified management interface for an open hybrid cloud incorporating datacenter virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform capacity.

* Enhanced integration with Red Hat Storage Server 2.1, providing storage services for OpenStack Object Storage (Swift), OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) and OpenStack Image Service (Glance), offering a robust and scalable storage solution for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

By integrating the leading enterprise Linux operating platform with OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform delivers a stable, high-performing public, private, or hybrid OpenStack cloud, ready to handle critical workloads. With Red Hat’s leadership in the OpenStack community, customers can deploy an enterprise-supported, production-ready OpenStack cloud with an extended software lifecycle, a broad certified partner ecosystem, and global technical support services, all backed by the industry’s most trusted open source technology partner.

Red Hat customers can access the beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 as part of their subscription at

OpenShift by Red Hat on OpenStack
Additionally, Red Hat announced that OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering is now available for user deployment on OpenStack via OpenStack Heat. OpenShift users can use the native OpenStack technology to quickly run and scale their own PaaS in production.

The marriage of these two rapidly growing, open source cloud technologies brings a credible cloud solution to enterprises that provides elasticity and efficiency for IT operations along with self-service and automation for IT development teams. Providing an OpenShift PaaS on top of an OpenStack infrastructure delivers the productivity and velocity IT development teams need to quickly push new applications and services to market.

Red Hat also announced a preview of OpenStack-M, an open source OpenStack deployment and management solution built using existing OpenStack components which will be integrated into future versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

OpenStack-M is being developed by the open source community and is rooted in Tuskar, a Red Hat-led project for managing OpenStack deployments, and has been officially merged into the OpenStack Deployment program (code named OpenStack on OpenStack, or TripleO). OpenStack-M aims to provide a more comprehensive OpenStack management solution than proprietary offerings, many of which only address deployment, health and monitoring separately or can only be accessed as proprietary add-ons.

Red Hat will be demonstrating OpenStack-M at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong Nov. 5-8, 2013, and plans to make OpenStack-M available in future releases of Red Hat Enterprise OpenStack Platform.

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