9 tips to properly configure your OpenStack Instance

In OpenStack jargon, an Instance is a Virtual Machine, the guest workload. It boots from an operating system image, and it is configured with a certain amount of CPU, RAM and disk space, amongst other parameters such as networking or security settings.

In this blog post kindly contributed by Marko Myllynen we’ll explore nine configuration and optimization options that will help you achieve the required performance, reliability and security that you need for your workloads.

Some of the optimizations can be done inside a guest regardless of what has the OpenStack Cloud Administrator enabled in your cloud. However, more advanced options require prior enablement and, possibly, special host capabilities. This means many of the options described here will depend on how the Administrator configured the cloud, or may not be available for some tenants as they are reserved for certain groups. More information about this subject can be found on the Red Hat Documentation Portal and its comprehensive guide on OpenStack Image Service. Similarly, the upstream OpenStack documentation has some extra guidelines available.

The following configurations should be evaluated for any VM running on any OpenStack environment. These changes have no side-effects and are typically safe to enable even if unused

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Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is here! So what’s new?

UPDATE Jan 16th: new OSP10 + CEPH 2 Hyper Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture

It’s that time of the year. We all look back at 2016, think about the good and bad things, and wish that Santa brings us the gifts we deserve. We, at Red Hat, are really proud to bring you a present for this holiday season: a new version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, version 10 (press release and release notes). This is our best release ever, so we’ve named it our first Long Life release (up to 5 years support), and this blog post will show you why this will be the perfect gift for your private cloud project.

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Lifecycle support changes for Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and beyond

OpenStack continues to evolve

During the past six years, OpenStack has evolved rapidly. The OpenStack community itself has grown to more than 60,000 strong, with support from a wide array of technology vendors across the globe. Customers are pushing OpenStack into production and starting to realize the many benefits OpenStack has been promising them.

And as more and more customers push OpenStack into production, changes into how they want to consume it have evolved as well.

6 videos on how to install Red Hat OpenStack Platform and CloudForms

Our excellent Training & Certification team has posted some videos in our RedHatCloud youtube channel that quickly go over the installation procedure of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, and how to boot a CloudForms instance to perform basic management functions. Kudos to our awesome video team (Jim Meegan and Ben Oliver) and to our curriculum architect (Forrest Taylor).

These videos were first developed as guided demonstrations for use in our Red Hat OpenStack Administration II (CL210) and Red Hat CloudForms Hybrid Cloud Management (CL220) courses. Now they are available for you to view for free. Remember that we also offer a free introductory course, the CL010 Red Hat OpenStack Technical Overview, to get a taste of our courses.

Recapping OpenStack Summit Barcelona

More than 5,200 OpenStack professionals and enthusiasts gathered in Barcelona, Spain to attend the 2016 OpenStack Summit. From the keynotes to the break-out sessions to the marketplace to the evening events and the project work sessions on Friday, there was plenty to keep attendees busy throughout the week. In fact, if you were one of the lucky ones who attended OpenStack Summit, there was probably many sessions and activities you wanted to make it to but couldn’t.

Red Hat was very busy throughout the week as well, as we participated in 49 sessions, staffed a booth in the marketplace with five demo stations, announced several new and exciting customers, hosted and co-hosted evening events throughout the week, and held hands-on, intensive training through OpenStack Academy. So if you weren’t able to make it to every Red Hat session, or couldn’t go to the Summit at all, here is a recap of everything we did.

Full Stack Automation with Ansible and OpenStack

Ansible offers great flexibility. Because of this the community has figured out many useful ways to leverage Ansible modules and playbook structures to automate frequent operations on multiple layers, including using it with OpenStack.

In this blog we’ll cover the many use-cases for Ansible, the most popular automation software, with OpenStack, the most popular cloud infrastructure software. We’ll help you understand here how and why you should use Ansible to make your life easier, in what we like to call Full-Stack Automation.ansible openstack automation

Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Tesora Database-as-a-Service Platform: What’s New

As OpenStack users build or migrate more applications and services for private cloud deployment, users are expanding their plans for how these deployments will be serviced by non-core, emerging components. Based on the April 2016 OpenStack User Survey (see page 35), Trove is among the top “as a service” non-core components that OpenStack users are deploying or plan to deploy on top of the core components. This comes as no surprise as every application requires a database and Trove provides OpenStack with an integrated Database-as-a-Service option that works smoothly with the core OpenStack services.

Recently, Red Hat and Tesora jointly announced that we have collaborated to certify Tesora Database as a Service (“DBaaS”) Platform on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform. When we at Red Hat announced our strategic decision to focus our development and contribution efforts on the core OpenStack services, we did so with confidence, due in large part to our expanded relationship with Tesora. Tesora is a recognized thought leader and the top contributor to upstream OpenStack Trove. They understand the needs of the Trove community, but more importantly they have a reputation for understanding, and focusing, on the needs of the those developing and supporting applications running in a heterogeneous database environment. Adding Tesora DBaaS Platform as a certified workload on top of Red Hat OpenStack Platform addresses our customer requirements and provides an immediate, production-ready DBaaS option that can be deployed within their current Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 and higher environments.

What’s New for Red Hat OpenStack Platform Users?  

Install your OpenStack Cloud before lunchtime

Figure 1. The inner workings of QuickStart Cloud Installer

What if I told you that you can have your OpenStack Cloud environment setup before you have to stop for lunch?

Would you be surprised?

Could you do that today?

In most cases I am betting your answer would be not possible, not even on your best day. Not to worry, a solution is here and it’s called the QuickStart Cloud Installer (QCI).

Let’s take a look at the background of where this Cloud tool came from, how it evolved and where it is headed.

 

Born from need

As products like Red Hat Cloud Suite emerge onto the technology scene, it exemplifies the need for companies to be able to support infrastructure and application development use cases such as the following:

Red Hat Confirms Over 40+ Accepted Sessions at OpenStack Summit Barcelona

This Fall’s 2016 OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain is gearing up to be a fulfilling event. After some challenging issues with the voting system (which prevented direct URLs to each session), the Foundation has posted the final session agenda detailing the entire week’s schedule of events. Once again, I am thrilled to see the voting results of the greater community with Red Hat sharing over 40 sessions of technology overview and deep dive’s around OpenStack services for containers, storage, networking, compute, network functions virtualization (NFV), and much more. 

As a Premiere sponsor this Fall, Red Hat also has a full day breakout room, where we plan to share additional product and strategy sessions. To learn more about Red Hat’s general accepted sessions, have a look at the details below. We’ll add the agenda details of our breakout soon! Also, be sure to visit us at our Marketplace booth to meet the team and check out one of our live demonstrations. The Marketplace kicks off on Monday evening during the booth crawl, 5:00 – 7:00pm. Finally, we’ll have several Red Hat engineers, product managers, consultants, and executives in attendance, so be sure to talk to your Red Hat representative to schedule an in-person meeting while there.

And in case you haven’t registered yet, visit our landing page for a discounted registration code to help get you to the event. We look forward to seeing you all again in Spain this October!

For more details on each session, click on the title below:

Thoughts on Red Hat OpenStack Platform and certification of Tesora Database as a Service Platform

When I think about open source software, Red Hat is first name that comes to mind. At Tesora, we’ve been working to make our Database as a Service Platform available to Red Hat OpenStack Platform users, and now it is a Red Hat certified solution. Officially collaborating with Red Hat in the context of OpenStack, one of the fastest growing open source projects ever, is a tremendous opportunity.

This week, we announced that Red Hat has certified the Tesora Database as a Service (DBaaS) Platform on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Mutual customers can operate database as a service with 15 different database types knowing that they have been extensively tested in the Red Hat environment. They also have the confidence of knowing that their database software is running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in an environment that is supported by Red Hat.