RED HAT has announced the availability of the latest version of its OpenStack platform.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 (RHEL OSP7) is based on the latest Kilo framework from the OpenStack community which we first saw previewed in the latest version of Ubuntu OpenStack.
Its star feature is a new deployment and management tool that "simplifies installation, eases day-to-day management tasks and establishes the underpinnings for orchestrated live system updates and upgrades for subsequent releases".
The INQUIRER spoke to Mark Coggin, senior director of product marketing at the firm, who told us: "We continue to drive very close contact with our customers, and we're starting to see the adoption taking place. It's all coming together as we strive for enterprise grade OpenStack".
The new Director, based on OpenStack's TripleO management product, offers features including bare-metal ready state provisioning and on-demand repurposing of hardware resources.
RHEL OSP7 includes a compute host node high availability through integrated automated monitoring and failover services inherited from the main RHEL 7 suite. This allows automatic evacuation of virtual machines from their hosts and restarting on alternative, available hosts.
Security has been bolstered with granular control over traffic ports at VM level for telco customers. Also new are the Neutron modular layer 2 and Open vSwitch port security mechanisms from the generic Kilo release.
Neutron router and IPv6 both get a shot in the arm, including support for direct network routing between tenants and the external gateway. Storage has been a major focus of Kilo for the HP OpenStack team, as it told us earlier in the year.
Added support for NFS and POSIX file systems makes it even quicker to run incremental back-ups, with less storage and no messing about with repeating unchanged data.
Coggin also pointed out the added value gained from Red Hat's OpenStack offering. "When a customer buys a subscription to Red Hat, they get many different things, but one of those things is access to our support organisation, with a round-the-clock award winning customer portal, how-to guides, troubleshooters, lab environments, diagnostics - the list goes on and on," he said.
As part of the release, Red Hat has also expanded Red Hat Ceph Storage, offering a deployment and management tool with Ceph as default as well as improvements to advanced volume conversions and the Cinder HA service that provides failsafes in the event of the failure of one volume. µ
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