Red Hat shows us its OpenStack arsenal

One stack to rule them all, One stack to find them, One stack to bring them all and in the cloud bind them!

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Red Hat, the most successful open source company, is a building a very strong portfolio of its cloud stack. The market is leaning towards OpenStack: AT&T is building its massive infrastructure on top of OpenStackVolkswagen has chosen OpenStack; and Yahoo! Japan is building the world’s largest open source-based private cloud platform with Pivotal Cloud Foundry running on OpenStack.The stakes are high for any OpenStack player.

And Red Hat is raising the stacks for competitors.

Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOP) 8 along with Red Hat Cloud Suite (RHCS). The big different between Red Hat and competitors such as SUSE and Mirantis is that Red Hat is building the whole stack. It can be seen in two ways: on one hand entire stack from one vendor makes it easier for customers to just go with Red Hat, eliminate the complexity of setting up private cloud and be done. On the other hand it can be seen as a kind of vendor lock, and today companies don’t want to put all their eggs in the same basket; they may want to pick and choose.

But what works in favor of Red Hat is that their whole stack, every bit of software they write is open source so anyone can take it. At the same time customers don’t have to use the entire stack by Red Hat, they can still mix and match the best solutions. Or just use the whole stack from Red Hat.

If you want an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform, they have Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8. If you want Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), they have OpenShift Enterprise. If you want software-defined storage, they have Ceph. I you want unified cloud management, they have Red Hat CloudForms.

And with the new release of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 and Red Hat Cloud Suite, the company is adding more features to it's stack.

What’s new in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8?

Though RHOP 8 is based on the previous stable release Liberty, and not the recent release Mitaka, it comes with many significant features. The most interesting one is automated upgrades and updates, thanks to a component of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director. It automatically performs the necessary system-wide updates to both the core OpenStack services, as well as the director tool itself.

Major networking players, telcos, are embracing software-defined networking infrastructure. To address that demand, with this release Red Hat is offering a tech preview of features focused on improving network virtualization functions. The company said in a press statement, “With this release there is more assured predictable latency with real-time KVM, improved network I/O performance with DPDK- accelerated Open vSwitch; and an OpenDaylight networking plugin for customers intending to build a software-defined network."

What’s new in Red Hat Cloud Suite?

In addition to everything that you get with RHOP 8, RHCS brings management and infrastructure capabilities that cover rolling updates for deployment, configuration, patch and subscription management. A new self-service catalog extends to cover the lifecycle, operation and financial management of services that customers deploy.

There are new infrastructure monitoring with risk management and analytics capabilities in RHCS that proactively collect infrastructure analytics and enable customers to manage technical risks before they impact operations. Red Hat Insights, a newly-released operations management service, provides these monitoring capabilities spanning Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and Red Hat Satellite.

RHCS has integrated application development and portability that enables users to build and deploy applications in a familiar, open-source container application platform environment through OpenShift. The company said in a press statement that Linux containers built on standard Docker format are dependent on the same operating system kernel, consuming fewer resources and increasing portability. Kubernetes-based container orchestration within RHCS also allows operators to manage their Linux containers as a single system.

Those customers looking for virtual machine-to-virtual machine migrations can take advantage of a KVM-based virtualization platform with the newly updated Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. On top of that customers also get one of the best software-defined storage solutions, Red Hat Ceph storage.

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