Red Hat has officially released an update of its OpenStack cloud distribution, combining its newly available Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system with the most recent Icehouse version of OpenStack, and said it will back the product with a three-year support lifecycle.
Available now, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 is intended to serve as the foundation for building cloud infrastructure for enterprise firms, telecommunications operators, internet service providers (ISPs) and public cloud-service providers, the firm said.
The new release, Red Hat's third build of OpenStack on RHEL, was made available as a beta in May. Since then the firm has delivered the release version of the RHEL 7 operating system, which itself offers a number of improvements such as the XFS file system and better support for Linux Containers.
For enterprise customers, the key part of the new release is likely to be that Red Hat will provide them with support for three years, giving them the confidence that they will get the level of support they require for OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure in their production environments.
Red Hat's general manager for Virtualization and OpenStack Radhesh Balakrishnan said that the firm is seeing momentum behind OpenStack as a private cloud platform of choice. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 not only offers a production-ready, supported version of OpenStack Icehouse, but it brings a number of features that will simplify its use, and enhance dependability for enterprise users," he said.
Among these features is server groups, which enables workloads to be spread across the OpenStack cloud for enhanced resiliency of distributed applications, according to Red Hat, or alternatively located close together for lower communications latency and better performance.
It also has support in virtual machines for new cryptographic security requirements from the US and UK, thanks to the para-virtualised random number generator capability added in RHEL 7.
Red Hat said that the Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 will also offer the OpenStack Sahara data-processing service as a Technology Preview. Sahara, which is still under incubation as an OpenStack technology, allows users to deploy Hadoop on an OpenStack-based cloud for big data processing.
While this version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 is based on RHEL 7, Red Hat said that a build based on the older RHEL 6 platform will be made available in the coming weeks.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.