What is Red Hat OpenStack Platform?
Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a cloud computing platform that virtualizes resources from industry-standard hardware, organizes those resources into clouds, and manages them so users can access what they need at any time.
It is a proven foundation to help you create, deploy, scale, and manage a reliable public or private OpenStack cloud with security.
It also brings together open, community-powered innovation with enterprise scale and confidence – empowering businesses to deliver new, differentiated applications and services on a flexible, scalable, and proven OpenStack public or private cloud.
Features and benefits
1. Ongoing operational management
Single life-cycle tool for deployment and management
One tool is used for planning, deploying, and managing an OpenStack environment. Red Hat OpenStack Platform director is embedded in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and is updated to add new capabilities to further simplify Day 0 to Day 2 platform operations.
Workload and infrastructure management
Red Hat CloudForms® can manage OpenStack workloads and infrastructure. It gives you resource management and data collection over OpenStack clouds, including resource monitoring and reporting, compliance assurance, chargeback and showback, service cataloging, user management, and heat template management.
Distributed compute nodes
Build an edge computing architecture with distributed compute nodes, placing compute and storage closer to data sources while providing consistent, centralized management from the core to the edge.
Integration with Red Hat Satellite
Users can access Red Hat Satellite for application and operating system (OS) entitlement, including images and host package management displayed by Red Hat OpenStack Platform director.
Containerized OpenStack services
Running OpenStack services in containers lets you manage and scale each service independently. This simplifies deployment, upgrades, rollback, and management to deliver increased control and flexibility.
Deployments using Red Hat Ansible® Automation integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform director
IT operations teams can preview the OpenStack deployment before it goes live using Red Hat Ansible, allowing anticipation of potential deployment or upgrade issues. Added visibility during the deployment process enables faster failure identification and debugging, including the ability to repeat and reapply isolated deployment steps if a failure occurs.
2. Platform life cycle management
Reliable deployments with live upgrades
Red Hat OpenStack Platform director checks systems throughout the installation process to provide consistent, automated cloud deployment. It features live orchestrated system upgrades and updates, ensuring long term, production-ready stability with little downtime
Flexible software life cycle options
Red Hat provides stable branch releases of Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux® that are supported for an enterprise production life cycle beyond the six-month release cycle of the OpenStack community. Customers can choose to standardize for up to five years on certain releases or update every six months to one year
Simplified long-life upgrades
The fast-forward upgrade feature in Red Hat OpenStack Platform director simplifies the process of in-place upgrading between long-life releases, like Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13. It reduces the number of reboots required and eliminates the need for additional hardware.
3. Reliability, availability and performance
Production testing and hardening
An extensive patching, bug-fixing, testing, and certification process ensures broad compatibility and performance with upstream community releases.
Highly available infrastructure
Red Hat OpenStack Platform maintains high availability and policy-driven measures, including infrastructure failure recognition, automated host node evacuation, and downed node fencing. It also automatically restarts workloads on remaining available host
Red Hat Virtualization hypervisor provides superior performance for OpenStack workloads. Based on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), the hypervisor holds top performance scores on the SPECvirt_ sc2013benchmark. In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13, the real-time KVM compute role delivers ultra-low latency using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux real-time kernel
Promote new innovation and modern customer experiences driven by hardware accelerated applications for emerging workloads like artificial intelligence/machine learning.
4. Security and Compliance
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS
Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) military-grade security technologies prevent intrusions and protect data when running in public or private OpenStack clouds.
Stack access and monitoring
Continuous monitoring and flagging of noncompliant virtual machines ensure resources comply with enterprise policies. Granular role-based access control (RBAC) and tenant synchronization let you manage user permissions.
Encryption and key management including Hardware Security Module (HSM) back end
Encryption of control flows and optional encryption of datastores and flows enhance privacy and data integrity. Centralized certificate and key management ensure applicability of the best security management practices to help maintain security and meet strict compliance standards with the support of dedicated key management hardware.
Crypto offload for IPSec VPN to NIC
Support a more diverse environment allowing for high bandwidth remote IPsec VPN connections at the VM/tenant level as well as improved compliance with security standards such as GDPR and Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)
Security features targeted toward the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI) regulations help you keep your environment compliant.
5. OpenStack Integrations
Containerized, cloud-native workload support
Integration between Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift® lets you create a flexible architecture for containerized and cloud-native applications managed by Red Hat OpenStack Platform director. This includes the ability to automate the provisioning of bare-metal Red Hat Enterprise Linux resources for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the deployment of production-ready OpenShift Container Platform clusters for high availability, and the director-based scale-out and scale-in of OpenShift Container Platform nodes.
Integration with Red Hat Ceph® Storage provides a highly scalable and redundant object, block, and file storage solution for your OpenStack cloud. Also supported is the ability to attach a volume to multiple hosts and servers simultaneously for clustered enterprise workloads, director-led creation and management of multi-tier storage architecture, optimized volume migration, and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) tunneling of internal traffic using Ceph.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform includes several features to increase networking performance and flexibility, including Load Balancing-as-aService (LBaaS), and Open Virtual Network (OVN).
Red Hat simplifies integration with existing datacenter investments through an OpenStack partner certification program across software, hardware, and services vendors, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent hardware vendors (IHVs), independent software vendors (ISVs), channel partners, system integrators, and cloud service providers (CSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs).
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