Chapter 2. Prerequisites

A strong working knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack Platform is required. A Red Hat Certified Engineer and a Red Hat OpenStack Platform Certified Engineer accreditation is preferred and suggested before participating.

2.1. Partner Eligibility

The following list summarizes the prerequisites that Partners must meet to attain Red Hat OpenStack Hardware Platform Certification:

  • join the Red Hat Hardware Certification program
  • a valid Red Hat Enterprise Linux hardware certification and a Red Hat OpenStack Platform Nova hardware certification, and
  • a support relationship with Red Hat. This can be fulfilled through the multi-vendor support network of TSANet, or through a custom support agreement

2.2. Baseboard Management Controllers (BMC)

BMC is a specialized microcontroller embedded on the motherboard of a server and manages the interface between system management software and hardware platform. The bare metal service provisions the system by utilizing BMC in a server, to control both power and network booting automating the deployment of of node in openstack as well as terminating those nodes when they become unnecessary.

2.3. Server

A server is required to have the corresponding Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack Platform Compute (Nova) certifications. A server must also contain a BMC that has a supported bare metal driver to be eligible for certification testing.