Red Hat Openstack Platform Life Cycle Policy (non-current versions)

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Red Hat provides a published product life cycle for Red Hat Openstack Platform (“Openstack” or “OSP”), in order for customers and partners to effectively plan, deploy, and support their infrastructure. Red Hat publishes this life cycle in an effort to provide as much transparency as possible and may make exceptions from these policies as conflicts may arise.

All released errata will remain accessible to active subscribers across the entire life cycle.

This life cycle describes non-current major Red Hat Openstack versions, for the life cycle pertaining to the latest release of Red Hat Openstack, please see the Red Hat Openstack Platform Life Cycle page.

Life Cycle Phases

Full Support:

During the Production Phase, qualified Critical and Important Security Advisories (RHSAs) and urgent and selected High Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories may be delivered as appropriate.

If available, select enhanced software functionality may be provided at the discretion of Red Hat.

Maintenance releases will also include available and qualified errata advisories (RHSAs, RHBAs, and RHEAs). Maintenance releases are cumulative and include the contents of previously released updates. The focus for minor releases during this phase lies on resolving defects of medium or higher priority.

In addition, and only during Full Support:

  • Customers and Partners have the ability to request new features which are introduced upstream to be selectively backported, pending the review of Red Hat Product Management and Engineering, until the end of this phase
  • The installer components may be updated until the end of this phase
  • Partner may introduce new plugins to be certified with the version until the end of this phase

Maintenance Support:

Same as Full Support, excluding:

  • introduction of new features through backports
  • introduction of additional partner plugins

Extended Lifecycle Support (ELS):

Same as Maintenance Support, with a change of:

  • Select Bug Fix Errata (RHBA) only.
  • Qualified Critical and Important Security Advisories (RHSAs) only.
  • Valid for existing environments only. Cannot be applied to new installations of the product on hardware or in combination with technologies which have not been certified with the version of the product, or its underlying RHEL components, as they were at the end of Maintenance Support.
  • Red Hat Openstack 10 ELS content will continue to be delivered through the existing Red Hat Openstack repository

For more information on Red Hat OpenStack Platform Extended Lifecycle Support refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document .

Life Cycle Dates

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Release General Availability End of Full Support End of Maintenance Support Cert End
3 (Grizzly) July 10, 2013 n/a July 31, 2014 March 19, 2014
4 (Havana) December 19, 2013 June 19, 2015 June 19, 2015 June 19, 2015
5 (Icehouse) June 30, 2014 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2015
6 (Juno) Feb 9, 2015 Feb 9, 2016 Feb 17, 2018 Feb 9, 2016
7 (Kilo) August 5, 2015 August 5, 2016 August 5, 2018 August 5, 2016
8 (Liberty) April 20, 2016 April 20, 2017 April 20, 2019 April 20, 2017
9 (Mitaka) August 24, 2016 August 24, 2017 August 24, 2019 August 24, 2017
11 (Ocata) May 18, 2017 n/a May 18, 2018 March 13, 2018
12 (Pike) December 13, 2017 n/a December 13, 2018 September 27, 2018
14 (Rocky) January 10, 2019 n/a January 10, 2020 July 12, 2019
15 (Stein) September 19, 2019 n/a September 19, 2020 March 17, 2020
16.0 (Train) February 6, 2020 October 27, 2020 Supported 16.2 Supported 16.2

The following section outlines the versions of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor module (qemu-kvm-rhev) alignment.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version Support

Each Red Hat OpenStack Platform version supports only one major release version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with all their minor version update releases. As such while you may continue to use existing versions, you must update to the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor release to continue to consume new bug fix and security errata.

New deployments of the latest Red Hat OpenStack Platform bits need to be based on top of the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor release of given major supported version.

1. The first automated upgrade path is from Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 to Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8.

Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor Version Support

Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor versioning is aligned with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux version that it is based on. When a new Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor version update is released then the aligned Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor build supersedes the previous versions.

Since the versioning is aligned, Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor version support applies the same requirements as explained in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version Support section.

The Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor is not available via the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Update Support (EUS) offering.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Versions Initial Red Hat Enterprise Linux Versions Support Initial Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor Versions Support
3 6.4 6.4
4 6.4 6.4
5 6.4, 7.0 6.4,7.0
6 7.0 7.0
7 7.1 7.1
8 7.1 7.1
9 7.2 7.2
11 7.3 7.3
12 7.4 7.4
14 7.6 7.6
15 8.0 8.0
16.0 8.1 8.1

NOTE: Red Hat OpenStack Platform does not offer Extended Update Support (see for details).