Red Hat has released an update of its OpenStack cloud distribution, pairing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL) operating system with the most recent OpenStack release, Juno.
Available immediately, RHEL OpenStack Platform 6 is aimed at Red Hat's enterprise customers building a private infrastructure as a service cloud environment, but also service providers and increasingly telecoms firms, according to Red Hat.
"There is heavy demand on the enterprise side as well as telcos looking for network function virtualisation (NFV) to reduce their infrastructure costs," Red Hat's general manager for OpenStack, Radhesh Balakrishnan, told V3.
Red Hat recently announced a partnership with NEC Corporation to jointly develop NFV features in OpenStack to deliver carrier-grade solutions based on the platform.
Balakrishnan said that a pillar of Red Hat's strategy is to have a single distribution for enterprises and telcos, because even though telcos are typically a little further ahead of the curve, there is a risk of forking OpenStack and ending up with a situation like the Unix world.
"They want more real-time capabilities, they want the ability to process things faster, because these functions equate to revenue for telcos," Balakrishnan explained.
The major change in RHEL OpenStack Platform 6 over the previous version is the integration of OpenStack Juno, which was released in October last year.
Red Hat made Juno available to its RDO Community of early adopters as soon as it was released, and has spent the intervening time hardening the code to make it ready for enterprise customers to deploy.
"We stabilised the code and made sure the performance and quality bars are met, and that any necessary back-porting is done," Balakrishnan said.
Meanwhile, features added to benefit telcos include support for non-uniform memory access and CPU pinning, whereby a process or software thread is bound to a specific processor core or group of cores.
The Neutron networking module now supports an 'active-active' mode for high availability configurations. This improves redundancy and offers greater stability for larger-scale production clouds, according to Red Hat.
For all customers, RHEL OpenStack Platform 6 adds more ease of use around deployment and updating of the OpenStack infrastructure.
This comes through preview support for two technologies that are still under development as part of OpenStack, and are expected to become core modules in the upcoming Kilo release.
These are Ironic, the bare-metal provisioning tool that is already being used in production by firms such as Rackspace, and OpenStack on OpenStack, or TripleO, a project that is aimed at enabling an OpenStack cloud to be deployed using only OpenStack tools, starting with a single-node OpenStack installation running on one physical server that is used to ‘bootstrap' the rest of the infrastructure.
Thanks to its inclusion in Juno, RHEL OpenStack Platform 6 also now fully supports the Sahara data processing service, which enables customers to deploy Hadoop on OpenStack infrastructure for big data processing.
The RHEL OpenStack Platform itself forms part of the firm's all-encompassing Cloud Infrastructure suite, which includes the Satellite lifecycle management tool and CloudForms for managing hybrid cloud deployments.
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