Red Hat ® OpenStack Platform delivers an integrated foundation to create, deploy, and scale a secure and reliable public or private OpenStack cloud.


OpenShift on OpenStack

With built-in support for Kubernetes—thanks to integration with Red Hat OpenShift—Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2 can handle virtualized workloads while OpenShift provides the tools to develop and deploy next-generation cloud-native workloads with bare-metal performance. Run VNFs and CNFs with OpenShift to run Cloud-native and virtualized workloads side-by-side.

Edge Fast Datapath

Experience enhanced storage experience at edge sites and rich infrastructure services like live migration, multi-tenancy, and high performance datapath. You can now exclude raw images from advertisement on edge sites that do not have Ceph storage. Excluding raw images from sites without storage limits the use of unnecessary network and local storage resources.

Advanced Security

To expand the functionality of Expanded Transport Layer Security everywhere (TLS-e), you can now set it up to configure memcached traffic to be encrypted. Additionally, you can also now add HA mode for shared secrets support for Entrust nShield HSM in Barbican.

New Hardware Support

Expanded hardware support for RHEL 8.4 …so you can build your cloud, your way. Introducing the Intel E810 series network adapters with dynamic device personalization (DDP) to better meet your customized Telco 5G Core and Edge requirements. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2 enables Intel Snowridge and AMD Milan CPU Models.

Hardware Offloading

Let smartNICs shoulder the load and free up resources to enable hardware offloading for greater efficiency. Enabling hardware offload for both ML2/OVN and ML2/OVS on Nvidia ConnectX series network adapters. Now introducing support for security groups (conntrack) offload as technology preview.

Memory Encryption for Instances

Protect against physical attacks from the compute node and RAM Scraping Attack with AMD SEV. AMD SEV offers a VM protection technology which transparently encrypts the memory of each VM with a unique key. Configuring AMD SEV Compute nodes provides cloud users the ability to create instances that use memory encryption.

Enhanced ML2/OVN Support

In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2, the Modular Layer 2 plug-in with the Open Virtual Network mechanism driver (ML2/OVN) has even more capabilities:

  • Deploy routed provider networks, which enable a single provider network to represent multiple layer 2 networks (broadcast domains) or network segments, permitting the operator to present only one network to users.
  • Group nodes in availability zones, and for nodes running crucial services, schedule these nodes for resources with high availability
  • Fully supported for DCN architecture

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 16

  1. 1

    Install RHEL

    Perform a minimal installation for RHEL 8 on a physical system. See getting started for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 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

    Prepare for director installation

    • create directories for templates and images
    • set the system hostname
    • install director packages
    • generate the container images file
  5. 5

    Install director (the undercloud)

    • configure the director
    • obtain overcloud node images
    • set a nameserver
    • complete undercloud configuration
  6. 6

    Configure and create the overcloud


OpenShift on OpenStack

OpenShift on OpenStack: a seamless integration

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, what they have already delivered to users, and what will likely be the future of the infrastructure and tenant layers.

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, specifically in the areas of key management, encryption at rest and in flight, compliance, and more. 

Additional Resources

OpenStack: Storage

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. Specialist Solutions Architect, Red Hat Asia Pacific, Ltd

OpenStack and the Enterprise

NTT Comware creates cloud service with Red Had OpenStack Platform

NTT Comware wanted to create a cloud service offering, SmartCloud DevaaS® 2.0, to provide a DevOps development environment for its users. By creating a self-service development portal based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, NTT Comware cut operating costs by 30 percent. In addition, they will offer operational environments based on container orchestrations using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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Red Hat OpenStack Platform Life Cycle

Starting 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).