Red Hat Rolls Out OpenStack Platform 4.0 for Enterprise-Class Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Red Hat has launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 aimed at helping more quickly deliver enterprise-ready public, private and open hybrid cloud solutions.  OpenStack Platform 4.0 is built using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor built on KVM.  It also leverages OpenStack Havana open source cloud platform, which was released last fall with nearly 400 new features.

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Red Hat has launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 aimed at helping more quickly deliver enterprise-ready public, private and open hybrid cloud solutions. 

The architectural idea behind OpenStack Platform 4 is to provide an “enterprise-ready solution [that] combines the stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the innovation inherent in Red Hat OpenStack technologies, to deliver a scalable and secure foundation for building an open private or public cloud.”

Under the hood, OpenStack Platform 4.0 is built using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor built on KVM.  Further, OpenStack Platform 4.0 was developed with OpenStack Havana open source cloud platform, which was released last fall with nearly 400 new features across compute, storage, networking and cross-platform services. Two new projects, OpenStack Orchestration and Metering, were also included in the Havana release.

As a result, OpenStack Platform 4.0 includes features to support design, development and deployment of enterprise-class clouds:

  • Support for Foreman life cycle management tool Using Foreman helps admins provision physical and virtual infrastructure resources. It eases the deployment and expansion process through remote physical servers and a graphical user interface that provides a real-time global view of system resources.
  • Full support for OpenStack Orchestration.  This feature, added to the Havana release last fall, provides a template-based orchestration engine to quickly provision infrastructure resources, from new compute nodes and application virtual machines, to specifying disk volumes, networks, security groups, and more.
  • Full support for OpenStack Networking. This capability delivers “networking-as-a-service” (software-defined networking) between interface devices, such as virtual network interface cards used by other OpenStack infrastructure services.
  • Full support for OpenStack Telemetry. This collects and stores OpenStack resource metering and usage data. It also offers data query services for use with the enterprise operational support systems and billing support systems deployed by service providers.
  • Integration with Red Hat CloudForms. This which offers a unified management interface for Red Hat and non-Red Hat datacenter virtualization solutions, as well as RHEL OpenStack Platform. Users can also use Red Hat CloudForms 3.0 to manage and deploy workloads to the RHEL OpenStack platform and provides management across OpenStack, VMware vSphere, and Amazon Web Services.
  • Enhanced integration with Red Hat Storage Server. This provides OpenStack Object Storage, OpenStack Block Storage and OpenStack Image Service to use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.


Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure customers can immediately use Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, under their existing subscriptions.

”We’ve seen more users contribute directly to the Havana release than ever before. It means users are empowered and driving the direction of OpenStack based on their real-world use cases and implementations,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation in a statement.

As a result, Bryce noted, Red Hat is delivering a set of enterprise caliber feature across the cloud lifecycle, including:

Application-Driven Capabilities – OpenStack Orchestration offers a template-driven service for describing and automating the deployment of compute, storage and networking resources for an application. Added QoS capability across block storage drivers let IT guarantee performance requirements for an application.

Improved Operational Experience –The release expands the UI experience and breadth of functionality that is exposed through the dashboard. OpenStack Metering provides users with a single source of usage data to support chargebacks and feeds for systems monitoring tools.

More Enterprise Features – Other requested features that were added include: end-to-end encryption (across all Block Storage drivers), SSL support across all service APIs, new VPN and Firewall-as-a-Service capabilities, and support for rolling upgrades.




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