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Part I. Executive summary

Organizations across the globe continue to rapidly develop innovative software applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments in order to achieve competitive advantages and ensure customer satisfaction. Many of these applications are deployed in a private cloud due to security and compliance, data affinity, and performance requirements. The IT organizations responsible for operating the private cloud value simplicity, agility, flexibility, security, and cost efficiency, as these features reduce their own barriers to innovation as part of their overall hybrid and multi-cloud strategy.

This reference architecture showcases a prescriptive, pre-validated, private cloud solution from Red Hat that provides IT as a Service (ITaaS), and the rapid provisioning and lifecycle management of containerized apps, virtual machines (VMs), and associated application and infrastructure services for cloud users such as software developers, data scientists, and solution architects. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat Ceph Storage are the key architecture components of this solution.

This reference architecture updates Deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11 on Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 for the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.x stream. If you want to implement Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11, or are working with existing Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11 installs, then use the reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11, as there are significant differences in the 4.x release stream.