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Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 brings tighter integration with Red Hat OpenShift to coalesce the power of containers with the scalable infrastructure of OpenStack, including Red Hat Openshift+Ansible and Ceph-Ansible into director,  the use of Load Balancing-as-a-Service (LBaaS) with Octavia to provide highly available cloud-scale load balancing for traditional or containerized workloads, and support for Open Virtual Networking (OVN).

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)/Telco

New Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13  innovations for telcos, such as fully supported integration of the OpenDaylight open source software defined networking (SDN) controller into Red Hat OpenStack Platform director, a real-time KVM compute role for environments where ultra-low latency is a requirement, and Open vSwitch (OVS) hardware offload (tech preview) that combines the OVS feature set with single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV) performance.

Fast-forward upgrades

Fast-forward upgrades, available with  Red Hat OpenStack 13, simplifies the process of upgrading between long-life releases so that customers will have fewer reboots and no need for additional hardware.  With fast-forward upgrades, you can choose to implement all releases every six months and get features as soon as they become available or remain on a long-life release for a more stable and durable operation.

Expanded and enhanced security

With this new release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform meets even more security compliance requirements as specified by FedRAMP and ANSSI risk management frameworks, including programmatic, API-driven secret management through Barbican, encrypted communication through the use of transport layer security (TLS) and secure sockets layer (SSL), Cinder volume encryption support, and Glance image signing and verification support.  In addition, a new comprehensive security guide will help you meet compliance requirements.

Integrated storage

The addition of OpenStack Manila enables the use of CephFS NFS File Share-as-a-Service and spans object, file, and block storage.

The new Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud addresses Edge use cases such as providing a single SKU for running hyperconverged nodes and offering the ability to add hyperconverged capabilities to an already-purchased Red Hat OpenStack Platform entitlement through the use of an add-on SKU.

Containerized OpenStack services

The completion of containerized deployment in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 will allow the deployment and upgrade of containerized OpenStack services to be done individually. It will also increase the  robustness for upgrades and service management while reducing cloud management complexity for operators.  Finally, it will provide more flexible scaling of OpenStack services, helping customers meet greater user demand.

Get Started with Red Hat OpenStack Platform

For a basic installation, you'll need:

System Requirements

Your hardware should meet the system requirements.

A Network Connection

You'll need a public network connection to register and download software.

Installer Image

Installation Media

Burn the ISO image to DVD or create a bootable USB medium, which will be used to install the Hypervisor.

Install Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13

  1. 1

    Install RHEL

    Perform a minimal installation for RHEL 7 on a physical system. See getting started for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for more details.

  2. 2


    Register the system via Red Hat Subscription Management and confirm that an OpenStack subscription is attached.

    # subscription-manager register

    # subscription-manager list --consumed

    If an OpenStack subscription is not attached immediately, see the documentation for manually attaching subscriptions.

  3. 3

    Plan your installation

  4. 4

    Install the undercloud

    • create directories for templates and images
    • set the system hostname
    • install director packages
    • configure the director
    • obtain overcloud node images
    • set a nameserver
    • complete undercloud configuration
  5. 5

    Configure the container registry

    A containerized overcloud requires access to a registry with the required container images.  Choose one of the following registry types:

    Remote registry

    • create the environment file with the "openstack overcloud container image prepare" command.  If you are using Ceph Storage, include the additional parameters to create an overcloud_images.yaml environment file, which contains image locations on the undercloud.
    • Include this file with your overcloud deployment. This makes the overcloud pull images from Red Hat.

    The registry configuration is ready. Continue with the instructions in STEP 6.

    OR   Local registry

    • create an environment file (overcloud_images.yaml) and container image upload file (container_images.yaml) with the "openstack overcloud container image prepare" command.
    • pull the images using the container_images.yaml file with the "openstack overcloud container image updload" commands.  This pulls images from Red Hat to your undercloud.
    • include  overcloud_images.yaml file in your overcloud deployment. This makes the overcloud pull images from the undercloud.

    The registry configuration is ready. Continue with the instructions in Step 6.

    OR  Satellite registry

    • create an environment file (overcloud_images.yaml) and container image upload file (container_images.yaml) with the "openstack overcloud container image prepare" command.
    • The  container_images.yaml will synchronize container images to your Satellite 6 server.
    • remove unnecessary information from the container_images.yaml file
    • copy the container_images.yaml file to a system that contains the Satellite 6 hammer tool. Alternatively, use the instructions in the Hammer CLI Guide to install the hammer tool to the undercloud.
    • use the hammer command to create a new product (OSP13 Containers) to your Satellite organization
    • add the base container image to the product
    • add the overcloud container images from the container_images.yaml file.
    • synchronize the container images
    • check the tags available for the base image
    • include the overcloud_images.yaml file in your overcloud deployment.  This makes the overcloud pull images fro the Satellite server.

    The registry configuration is ready. Continue with the instructions in Step 6.

  6. 6

    Configure and create the overcloud

    Using the CLI:

    Using the GUI:


Getting started with OpenStack

Getting started

Hear what Red Hat OpenStack's technical lead Mark McLoughlin has to say about Red Hat's latest cloud offering. In this interview, Mark discusses what OpenStack is, typical use cases for OpenStack, and how it fares against competing solutions.

The app is king: Enterprise cloud success with Red Hat product stack

Enterprise cloud success

Dustin Black explains how customers can get the most out of their cloud deployment using the Red Hat Product Stack.

Additional Resources

OpenStack: Components Overview

Components overview

Wesley Duffee-Braun introduces OpenStack, discusses its components, and demos the Horizon dashboard.

Verifying Keystone in OpenStack

Verify Keystone

In this training demo, Adolfo Vazquez shows how to review Keystone configuration performed by PackStack.

Troubleshooting Keystone in OpenStack

Troubleshooting Keystone

In this video, Adolfo Vazquez demonstrates breaking the Keystone component of the Glance service for OpenStack, and then shows how to troubleshoot and resolve the broken state.

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Red Hat OpenStack Platform Life Cycle

With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10, a new varying support life cycle model offers you up to five years of support for a "long-life" version or the option of focusing on new features by upgrading each year.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director Life Cycle

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director is supported for two years. Each release will be backwards compatible with the previous two Red Hat OpenStack Platform core (starting with version 7).

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