Why, oh, why does a completely sane business like Red Hat choose to launch a new version of their product on December 20th when most of the World’s development people are either deep in work or just finishing off before a long break? Well anyway, they did, so welcome the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 with some powerful new features for public and private cloud builders.
The product which only entered beta in November combines the Red Hat Enterprise Linux with OpenStack technologies to create what Red Hat describe as a “scalable and secure foundation for building an open private or public cloud.”
The new complete product includes ‘Red Hat-hardened’ OpenStack Havana code, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor built on KVM. Key features and benefits in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 include:
- CloudForms unified management interface Cloud Management Platform (CMP) for Red Hat and non-Red Hat datacenter virtualization solutions, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
- Support for the Foreman life-cycle management tool for provisioning both physical and virtual infrastructure resources.
- Support for OpenStack Orchestration Heat a template-based orchestration engine to quickly provision a broad range of infrastructure resources, from new compute nodes and application virtual machines, to specifying disk volumes, networks, security groups, and more.
- OpenStack Networking Neutron (previously named Quantum) delivers “networking-as-a-service” (software-defined networking) between interface devices, such as virtual network interface cards (vNICs).
- OpenStack Telemetry Ceilometer to collect and store OpenStack resource metering and usage data as well as providing data query services for use with the enterprise operational support systems (OSS) and billing support systems (BSS).
- Enhanced integration with Red Hat Storage Server including provision for OpenStack Object Storage (Swift), OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) and OpenStack Image Service (Glance).
In a post on the Red Hat Stack Blog, ‘Cloud Evangelist’ at Red Hat Gordon Haff explains the new CloudForms CMP as a solution to help organisations “make far more effective use of their infrastructure, especially their heterogeneous infrastructure. And ultimately makes the promise of cloud computing possible for enterprises: users get the simplicity of public clouds while IT retains control over operations and risk.”
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 also continues Red Hat's integration of its infrastructure product portfolio with OpenStack. Red Hat CloudForms 3.0, sold separately, can now manage and deploy workloads to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and provides management across OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, VMware vSphere, and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Red Hat Storage Server, also sold separately, offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform an open, software-defined and distributed storage foundation that provides a massively scalable and highly available storage platform and native compatibility with OpenStack storage interfaces.
The product is available immediately and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure customers can now use Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 immediately as part of their product subscription.