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Feature highlights of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14, a highly-scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, simplifies the adoption of container-based workloads to accelerate the development of innovative cloud-native applications.  As a result, businesses can be more innovative, gain competitive advantage, and improve customer satisfaction.

New capabilities in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 include:

  • Tighter integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
  • Faster provisioning of bare-metal Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers for OpenShift Container Platform.
  • Faster deployment of OpenShift Container Platform on Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
  • Integration of Ansible into the deployment process.
  • Deeper Red Hat Ceph Storage integration for improved availability.

Simplified operations through bare-metal resource provisioning for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Red Hat OpenStack Platform director now lets IT operational teams automate the provisioning of bare-metal Red Hat Enterpirse Linux resources for Openshift Container Platform, which will extend its ability to provide a unified cloud solution for virtualized workloads. This capability is ideal for enterprises evolving toward cloud-native or containerized applications on bare-metal servers.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform director can automate the deployment of production-ready OpenShift Container Platform clusters for high availabilty, leading to continuous operations and no single point of failure. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 adds director-based scale-out and scale-in of OpenShift Container Platform nodes so that, as workload requirements change to meet business needs, Red Hat OpenStack Platform can scale the required compute and storage resources.  

Additionally, this version offers integration of the OpenShift Container Platform registry to use Ceph-based object storage with the Ceph reliable autonomic distributed object store (RADOS) gateway.  

Processing scalability for graphics rendering and artificial intelligence workloads

NVIDIA GRID Virtual PC (vPC) capabiltiies are available as a technology preview in this release for enterprises looking to deliver a dynamic, multimedia-rich user experience.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform director fully automates the configuration, and support for NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions allows the sharing of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) across virtual machines (VMs) and virtual applications.  

This new capability lets cloud administrators and users request specific GPU resources and resolutions, enabling open source machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or Caffe2 to be more scalable.  It also allows them to be more efficient by allowing multiple VMs share one physical GPU.

Reduced deployment risk through increased visibility and control

Red Hat OpenStack Platform director now extends the integration with Anisble, further simplyifing the deployment process of the platform.  

Through this integration, IT operations teams can preview an OpenStack deployment before it goes live and anticipate potential deployment or upgrade issues.  Added visibilty during the deployment process enables faster failure identification and debugging, including the ability to repeat and reapply isolated deployment steps if a failure occurs.

Improved storage availability, management, data migration, and security

With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14, customers can attach a volume to multiple hosts and servers simultaneously for clustered enterprise workloads, creating active/active or active/standby compute resource architectures.

This release also simplifies Red Hat Ceph Storage management by using Red Hat OpenStack Plafform director to create and manage a multi-tier storage architecture that can offer different storage services based on worklaod or user needs.  New optimized volume migration enables more efficient, faster movement of large volumes of data within a Red Hat Ceph Storage cluster, providing better performance during data migration.

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 14

  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

    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:

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In this briefing, Red Hat's Ramon Acedo Rodriguez presents the strategy, vision, and current state of affairs for containers within Red Hat OpenStack Platform.  His session covers the roles containers play in OpenStack, what Red Hat is focusing on, and what they have already delivered to users and what will likely be the future of the infrastructure and tenant layers.

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What's new in Security in Red Hat OpenStack Platform


Security progress update

Red Hat Security specialist Keith Basil, outlines the security roadmap strategy and vision for Red Hat OpenStack Platform. In this video, Keith shares the significant security advances that have been made since then, specifically in the areas of key management, encryption at rest and in flight, compliance, and more. 

Additional Resources

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Choosing storage for your OpenStack cloud

What factors should you take into account when choosing the correct storage solutions for your OpenStack cloud?  Sadique Puthen Peedikayil, Sr. Cloud Success Architect, and Rahul Vijayan, Sr. Sepcialist Solutions Architect, Red Hat Asia Pacific, Ltd

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