Chapter 3. Certification lifecycle

3.1. Product certification lifecycle

Starting with Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOSP) 16, certification is granted on a specific major and minor release of RHOSP. For example, RHOSP 16.0 where 16 is the major release and 0 is the minor release.

While the certification remains valid for the life of the major release, in our example RHOSP 16, there are instances where recertification will be required. Those instances are described in Recertification.

3.2. Continual testing

You are responsible for your own internal continual testing over the lifespan of their product and the Red Hat OpenStack Platform major version they are certified on. You are encouraged to utilize a CI system such as DCI, that includes testing with the certification tests. Evaluating certification testing results from a CI system are not required to be submitted to Red Hat but should be monitored by the Partner for regressions and unexpected behaviors and to indicate when a recertification may be required.

You may have access to pre-released software builds of Red Hat OpenStack Platform and are encouraged to begin their initial and CI testing and engagement with the Red Hat Certification team prior to the Red Hat OpenStack Platform version being made generally available to customers. Final testing and container builds must be conducted on the generally available (GA) released containers for that major release.

3.3. Recertification

Red Hat will notify you of, and you are requested to recertify your product in the following cases:

  • A new major release of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
  • A new minor release of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform that adds additional features or functionality not previously covered in an earlier certification that the partner desires to add to their certification.
  • A new minor release of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform that updates the kernel and the partner product relies on kernel modules.

You will notify Red Hat of, and you are required to recertify their product in the following cases:

  • A new major update of the partner’s product that invalidates the original testing conducted in the original certification.
  • A new minor update of the partner’s product that would alter the original test plan of the certification.

A new certification should be submitted for each of these cases. Where possible, in minor release updates of Red Hat and Partner products, the certification efforts and test plan will focus on the new features and functionality not already tested in prior certification(s) as the established feature functionality is expected to be maintained through the required continual testing.

When a customized container image is provided as part of your OpenStack certification, it is important to rebuild this customized container image every time a Red Hat OpenStack Platform z-stream is released for a specific Major-Minor release. This will ensure that your image is taking advantage of the latest bug fixes and CVEs.


For RHOSP container recertification, it is not required to revalidate the functionality of your product if it has not undergone any modification.