Red Hat has released the latest version of its OpenStack build, along with a new all-encompassing Red Hat Cloud Suite that includes OpenStack, the OpenShift application platform and management tools including CloudForms and Satellite, all aimed at delivering on the DevOps vision.
Available immediately, Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 are designed to help bridge the gap between development and operations teams, according to the firm, as well as operating at the scale of cloud computing.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 is the latest generation of the firm's OpenStack distribution, and combines the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system with the Liberty release of the OpenStack cloud framework.
This is one version behind the current release, OpenStack Mitaka, but that was only delivered by the OpenStack community earlier this month. The previous version of Red Hat's distribution was known as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7, and was based on the Kilo release of OpenStack.
In this version, Red Hat has enhanced the OpenStack Platform Director tool for deploying and managing the OpenStack infrastructure itself, adding the ability to automatically perform system-wide updates to the core OpenStack services and the Director tool itself.
The platform also now includes Red Hat's Ceph scale-out software-defined storage server as standard, offering support out of the box for up to 64TB of object and block storage as part of an OpenStack cloud deployment.
However, OpenStack Platform 8 is itself a component of a larger suite, the newly announced Red Hat Cloud Suite. This combines the OpenStack framework with Red Hat's OpenShift Enterprise platform-as-a-service layer for developing and operating container-based applications and services, along with the Satellite lifecycle management tool and CloudForms for managing hybrid cloud deployments.
Cloud Suite also includes Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation and Red Hat Insights, an operational analytics service designed to help customers detect infrastructure problems before they affect operations.
All of the components mentioned are available individually, or ready packaged by Red Hat into a single, easy-to-deploy solution in the shape of Red Hat Cloud Suite.
"Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 and Red Hat Cloud Suite showcase the power of Red Hat's open innovation, with solutions that can address nearly any private cloud deployment scenario while at the same time delivering a streamlined cloud-native application development platform coupled with the needed enterprise-level controls for cloud management and improved security," said Tim Yeaton, senior vice president for Red Hat's infrastructure business.
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