Session Voting Now Open, for OpenStack Summit Paris!

by Jeff Jameson, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — July 31, 2014

The voting polls for speaking sessions at this Fall’s OpenStack Summit in Paris, France are now open to the public. This time around it seems Red Hatters are looking to participate in more sessions then any previous Summit, helping to share innovation happening at Red Hat and in the greater community.

With an incredible quantity of sessions submitted this Summit, we’ve got quite a diverse selection for you to vote on. Spanning from low-level core compute, networking, and storage sessions, to plenty of customer success stories and lessons learned.


Each and every vote counts, so please have a look through the Red Hat submitted sessions below and vote for your favorites! If you’re new to the voting process, you must sign up for a free OpenStack Foundation member username and cast your votes. Visit the foundation site here, to sign up for free!

Once you’ve signed up as a member, click on the titles below to cast your vote. Remember, voting closes on Wednesday August 6th.

Have a look at our sessions here and cast your vote! I’ve sorted by category:

Storage

  1. OpenStack Storage APIs and Ceph: Existing Architectures and Future Features
  2. Deployment Best Practices for OpenStack Software-Defined Storage with Ceph
  3. What’s New in Ceph?
  4. OpenStack and Ceph – Match Made in the Cloud
  5. Large Scale OpenStack Block Storage with Containerized Ceph
  6. Red Hat Training: Using Ceph and Red Hat Storage Server in Cinder
  7. Volume Retyping and Cinder Backend Configuring
  8. Using OpenStack Swift for Extreme Data Durability
  9. Ask the Experts: Challenges for OpenStack Storage
  10. Deploying Red Hat Block and Object Storage with Mellanox and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  11. Vanquish Performance Bottlenecks and Deliver Resilient, Agile Infrastructure, with All Flash Storage and OpenStack
  12. GlusterFS: The Scalable Open Source Backend for Manila
  13. Delivering Elastic Big Data Analytics with OpenStack Sahara and Distributed Storage

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Juno Preview for OpenStack Compute (Nova)

by russellbryant — July 10, 2014

Originally posted on blog.russellbryant.net.

We’re now well into the Juno release cycle. Here’s my take on a preview of some of what you can expect in Juno for Nova.

NFV

One area receiving a lot of focus this cycle is NFV. We’ve started an upstream NFV sub-team for OpenStack that is tracking and helping to drive requirements and development efforts in support of NFV use cases. If you’re not familiar with NFV, here’s a quick overview that was put together by the NFV sub-team:

NFV stands for Network Functions Virtualization. It defines the
replacement of usually stand alone appliances used for high and low
level network functions, such as firewalls, network address translation,
intrusion detection, caching, gateways, accelerators, etc, into virtual
instance or set of virtual instances, which are called Virtual Network
Functions (VNF). In other words, it could be seen as replacing some of
the hardware network appliances with high-performance software taking
advantage of high performance para-virtual devices, other acceleration
mechanisms, and smart placement of instances. The origin of NFV comes
from a working group from the European Telecommunications Standards
Institute (ETSI) whose work is the basis of most current
implementations. The main consumers of NFV are Service providers
(telecommunication providers and the like) who are looking to accelerate
the deployment of new network services, and to do that, need to
eliminate the constraint of slow renewal cycle of hardware appliances,
which do not autoscale and limit their innovation.

NFV support for OpenStack aims to provide the best possible
infrastructure for such workloads to be deployed in, while respecting
the design principles of a IaaS cloud. In order for VNF to perform
correctly in a cloud world, the underlying infrastructure needs to
provide a certain number of functionalities which range from scheduling
to networking and from orchestration to monitoring capacities. This
means that to correctly support NFV use cases in OpenStack,
implementations may be required across most, if not all, main OpenStack
projects, starting with Neutron and Nova.

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OpenStack Summit, Atlanta 2014: Year of the superuser?

by Steve Gordon, Product Manager, Red Hat — June 3, 2014

The OpenStack community gathered recently in Atlanta to define the roadmap for the upcoming Juno release cycle and reflect on Icehouse. Icehouse is the release that forms the basis of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5, a beta for which was announced during the week.

The biannual summit moved back to North America and again increased in size with some 4500 stackers in attendance, up from 3500 in Hong Kong only six months ago. The OpenStack Foundation again handled this with aplomb, organizing an excellent event in the spacious Georgia World Congress Center.

2014, year of the superuser?

The increased presence of OpenStack superusers at this summit was hard to miss with several keynote appearances including AT&T, Disney, Sony, and Wells Fargo as well as many other users leading or participating in general summit sessions. A convenient youtube playlist listing these user-led sessions has since been made available. The OpenStack Foundation also recently launched the superuser.openstack.org publication to coincide with this renewed push to bring users forward.

 

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Open, modular architecture brings flexibility and agility to the data center

by Shashi Sastry, Senior Product Manager, Nuage Networks — May 15, 2014

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Recently there has been a flurry of activity in the Open Source community – blog posts, articles, tweets. The discussion is about Application deployment and Policy enforcement in the data center. Why all the banter?  Reason – it is simpler for developers to set up services using an application-centric view rather than a network-centric view; and it allows them to do so without sacrificing application or data security. Nuage Networks has been a strong advocate of an Application Centric Policy framework. As a result, the Nuage Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) supported integrated policy from day one when we launched our product a year ago. We have continued to enhance this policy framework, which aligns with the current trends.

Figure 1 Application Centric view for a three tier application framework

Figure 1: Application Centric view for a three tier application framework

We are delighted that the Open Source community is beginning to share our point of view. This is reflected with the Neutron Group Policy extension work in OpenStack. Nuage is strongly committed to supporting this effort by contributing to the Neutron Core development. As part of this effort, we will also be providing support for Nuage VSP as a Network Policy provider in OpenStack Read the full post »

Is the next battle in the Cloud Price War going to end up in your datacenter?

by John Meadows, Vice President of Business Development, Talligent — May 14, 2014

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Why you need billing and chargeback for Openstack and what to expect from Red Hat and Talligent.

There is a cloud price war going on and the impact is felt across all IT service delivery, public and private.  The big players such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Centurylink, have all recently announced dramatically lower prices and new functionality. Market pundits expect that these announcements are just the beginning of falling prices as cloud providers move to take advantage of the massive shift of IT services to the cloud and work to grab market share.

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Why Brocade’s Close Collaboration With Red Hat Matters To Your Business

by Lisa Caywood, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Brocade — May 13, 2014

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Cloud.
Open.
Software-Defined.

These are the hot buzzwords of the last year or two, yes, but not without cause. Cloud is finally becoming real, albeit a bit differently than many envisioned a few years ago: the relative aggressiveness of public providers compared to most enterprises has created a functional chasm that small and midsize enterprises are unlikely, at this point, to try to fill—it’s easier to outsource many workloads.

The economic realities of the cloud marketplace dictate that service agility trumps almost everything else. Until very recently, this could be accomplished via tight (and expensive, and often lengthy) integration between the physical infrastructure and some sort of cloud management framework, most of which were retrofitted to deal with VMs. Generally the best way to make this work was rigorous standardization of the physical infrastructure. Read the full post »

Sahara: OpenStack Elastic Hadoop on Demand

by Sean Cohen, Principal Technical Product Manager, Red Hat — May 12, 2014
“When elephants cross the world's hottest desert…”

“When elephants cross the world’s hottest desert…”

Introduction
Anyone who is serious about big data, scale out applications and cloud infrastructure should want to intimately understand the benefits of scale out architecture and the resource elasticity of cloud services. As we continue our evolution into a deeper understanding of data, we see a need agile access to an elastic big data platform. Such a platform can allow us to capture, synthesize and quantify data into business value.

Enter OpenStack Sahara – the intersection of Hadoop and OpenStack.

As an OpenStack project started by Red Hat, Mirantis and Hortonworks during the OpenStack Havana summit in Portland, Sahara was incubated for the OpenStack Icehouse release and is expected to be integrated for OpenStack Juno by the end of 2014.

Sahara’s mission is to provide a scalable data processing stack and associated management interfaces. Sahara delivers on that mission by providing the ability to rapidly create and manage Apache Hadoop™ clusters and easily run workloads across them. All on OpenStack managed infrastructure, without having to deal with the details of cluster management.

With full cluster lifecycle management, provisioning, scaling and termination, Sahara allows the user to select different Hadoop versions, cluster topology and node hardware details. Read the full post »

The Evolution of an Ecosystem: Why Certified Partners are Critical

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat —

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Customers evolving toward an open, cloud-enabled IT can enjoy  OpenStack’s benefits: broad industry support, vendor neutrality, fast-paced innovation. As they move into implementation, their requirements for OpenStack solutions often share a familiar theme: enterprise-ready, fully supported, well-integrated products. The right answer should require all layers, from hardware to applications, to interoperate to add value but not complexity. This approach mandates collaboration from multiple vendors, and alignment on business and technology. In other words, a platform ecosystem.

How do we build such an ecosystem for the cloud?

We start with the solid underpinning of the OpenStack project, with its large community of technology players working on continuous testing and integration of their components, such as Networking plugins and Storage drivers.
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Build a foundation for your private cloud – A Red Hat Summit session recap

by Raissa Tona, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — May 9, 2014

Red Hat Summit 2014 marked the 10th anniversary for the annual Red Hat conference. The Summit offers an opportunity for our customers, partners, and other stakeholders to interact face to face with Red Hatters who bring to life some of the products that help their organizations to innovate and to gain a competitive edge. Speaking of customers, I was privileged to moderate a panel titled “Build a foundation for your private cloud”. The panelists included Nirmal Mehta, Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton; Bernard Lee, Group head of IT and VP of Process and Innovation, YTL Power; Melvin Soh, Manager, High Performance Computing Centre, Nanyang Technical University; and Venkatesh Jakka, Manager, Systems, Chicago Board of Exchange.

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OpenStack Summit Breakout Sessions – Update

by Steve Gordon, Product Manager, Red Hat — May 6, 2014

Previously, we announced the 20 sessions at OpenStack Summit Atlanta that feature Red Hat speakers. In addition to these 20 sessions throughout the week, Red Hat will also have a dedicated track for the full day on Monday May 12th from 11:15am to 6:10pm, in room B312. Here, you’ll be able to learn more about the specific efforts Red Hat is making around our commercially supported OpenStack products and joint partner solutions.

Below are the sessions we will be presenting in our breakout room, with Red Hat speakers as well as partners and customers. We encourage you to explore the agenda on the OpenStack schedule builder by going to http://openstacksummitmay2014atlanta.sched.org/?s=B312

Space is limited and schedules are filling up, so please sure to reserve your space soon!

Filling the Management Gap: Cloud Management Platforms for Managing OpenStack and Other Cloud Infrastructures
In this session, you will learn how cloud management platforms bring critical management capabilities like chargeback/showback, configuration and lifecycle management, orchestration, automation, and governance driven by IT-defined policies, and capacity and utilization reporting to your OpenStack deployment.

  • Monday 11:15-11:55am
  • Brad Ascar, Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC – Available Now

by Steve Gordon, Product Manager, Red Hat — May 2, 2014

As mentioned during Red Hat Summit 2014, we are excited to announce that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now publicly available for testing. A pre-release build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC offers a near-final look at Red Hat’s flagship operating system crafted for the open hybrid cloud, building upon the feedback collected during the beta program for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

In addition to the installation media and packages a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC cloud guest image in QCOW2 format, suitable for use with KVM hypervisors as used in the majority of OpenStack clouds, is also available.

Want to test out the latest OpenStack release, Icehouse, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC? The RDO community has you covered, follow the Quickstart to install the recently announced RDO Icehouse packages on your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, or Fedora 20 system. As well as previously noted changes to compute, storage, and networking functionality OpenStack Icehouse includes these newly integrated services:

  • Sahara – Data processing service
  • Trove – Database-as-a-Service

The design and planning of the updates to these and other services for the next OpenStack release, Juno, are slated to take place at the OpenStack Summit May 2014 in Atlanta – that’s right, from Icehouse to Hotlanta – starting May 12.

If you are planning on joining the OpenStack community in Atlanta why not drop by the Red Hat booth and say Hi, or catch us at one of the many sessions we will be presenting.

Repost: Red Hat’s Commitment to IceHouse OpenStack

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — April 24, 2014

The OpenStack Foundation unveiled its latest release – OpenStack IceHouse – on April 17, and while Bitergia is still crunching the numbers, once again, Red Hat was the top corporate contributor. While we’re certainly proud of our ongoing work in the OpenStack community, our role as a leading open source contributor is no secret. Community-powered innovation is at our core, and Red Hat’s commitment to OpenStack is no different.

Read the full post to learn more: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/archive/2014/4/red-hats-commitment-to-openstack-icehouse

 

The Road To High Availability for OpenStack

by Arthur Berezin — April 16, 2014

Why OpenStack High Availability is Important?
Many organizations choose OpenStack for it’s distributed architecture and ability to deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service environment for scale-out applications to run on top of it, for private on premise clouds or public clouds. It is quite common for OpenStack to run mission critical applications. OpenStack itself is commonly deployed in Controller/Network-Node/Computes layout where the controller runs management services such as nova-scheduler that determines how to dispatch compute resources, and Keystone service that handles authentication and authorization for all services.

Although failure of the controller node would not cause disruption to already running application workloads on top of OpenStack, for organizations running production applications it is critical to provide 99.999% uptime of the control plane of their cloud, and deploy the controller in a highly available configuration so that OpenStack services are accessible at all times and applications can scale-out or scale-in according to workloads.

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An Icehouse Sneak Peek – OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

by Nir Yechiel

Today’s datacenter networks contain more devices than ever before; servers, switches, routers, storage systems, dedicated network equipment and security appliances – many of which are further divided into virtual machines and virtual networks. Traditional network management techniques generally fall short of providing a truly scalable, automated approach to managing these next-generation networks. Users expect more control and flexibility with quicker provisioning and monitoring.

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) is a pluggable, scalable and API-driven system for managing networks and IP addresses. Like other aspects of the cloud operating system, it can be used by administrators and users to increase the value of existing datacenter infrastructure. Neutron prevents the network from being the bottleneck or limiting factor in a cloud deployment and gives users real self service over their network configurations.
Starting in the Folsom release, OpenStack Networking, then called Quantum, became a core and supported part of the OpenStack platform, and is considered to be one of the most exicting projects – with great innovation around network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN). The general availability of Icehouse, the ninth release of OpenStack, is just around the corner, so I would like to highlight some of the key features and enhancements made by the contributors in the community to Neutron.

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What’s New in Icehouse Storage

by Sean Cohen, Principal Technical Product Manager, Red Hat — April 15, 2014

The latest OpenStack 2014.1 release introduces many important new features across the OpenStack Storage services that includes an advanced block storage Quality of Service, a new API to support Disaster Recovery between OpenStack deployments, a new advanced Multi-Locations strategy for OpenStack Image service & many  improvements to authentication, replication and metadata in OpenStack Object storage.

Here is a Sneak Peek of the upcoming Icehouse release:

Block Storage (Cinder)
The Icehouse release includes a lot of quality and compatibility improvements such as improved block storage load distribution in Cinder Scheduler, replacing Simple/Chance Scheduler with FilterScheduler, advancing to the latest TaskFlow support in volume create, Cinder support for Quota delete was added, as well as support for automated FC SAN zone/access control management in Cinder for Fibre Channel volumes to reduce pre-zoning complexity in cloud orchestration and prevent unrestricted fabric access.

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Repost: KVM Virtualization – Refining the Virtual World with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — April 10, 2014

Originally posted on January 29, 2014 by Bhavna Sarathy

Are the virtualization enhancements to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta relevant to your own day-to-day operations?

Read the full blog post where Bhavna Sarathy gives a deep dive and learn what’s new in the beta release and how the enhancements relate to your business.

http://rhelblog.redhat.com/2014/01/29/kvm-virtualization/

Experience enterprise infrastructure for yourself at Red Hat Summit 2014

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — April 8, 2014

By Jonathan Gershater, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Red Hat Summit and for the first time in San Francisco, April 14-17! At the Infrastructure as a Service zone of the Red Hat Booth, there will be demos of our cloud and virtualization technologies.

We’ll be showing a live demonstration of the latest OpenStack innovations with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, based on the Havana release. If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about what OpenStack is, or might already be experienced with OpenStack and would like to see the latest feature enhancements, be sure to stop by for a chat with an IaaS expert. We’ll be showing the Horizon dashboard,  images, tenants, volumes, and networks with an easy point and click interface to:

  • Launch a virtual machine instance
  • Attach storage
  • Connect to networks
  • Suspend or terminate a virtual instance
  • Create tenants
  • View usage
  • and much more…

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Repost: Building the Industry’s Broadest OpenStack Ecosystem: A Decade in the Making

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — April 2, 2014

By Mike Werner, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Red Hat
Originally posted on February 18, 2014

Red Hat’s Mike Werner reflects on our OpenStack partner ecosystem.

Read the full post: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/archive/2014/2/building-the-industrys-broadest-openstack-ecosystem-a-decade-in-the-making

OpenStack Summit Spring Agenda Confirms 20 Red Hat Sessions

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — March 28, 2014

By Jeff Jameson, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

On Tuesday the 25th, the OpenStack Foundation announced the session agenda for this Spring’s Summit in Atlanta. With several hundred sessions submitted to the foundation, I am pleased to announce that Red Hat has 20 sessions successfully accepted to be included in the weeks agenda.

Considering the nature of acceptance for each submitted session, it is quite inspiring to see so many Red Hat sessions were voted on – providing the confirmation that Red Hat is focusing efforts on the projects and discussions that are important to the community.

In addition to these 20 sessions throughout the week, Red Hat will also have a dedicated track for the full day on Monday May 12th from 11:15am to 6:10pm, in room B312. Here, you’ll be able to learn more about the specific efforts Red Hat is making around our commercially supported OpenStack products and joint partner solutions. We’ll be posting that full day agenda soon.

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Repost: A Beginners Guide to Understanding OpenStack

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — March 27, 2014

Originally posted on February 27, 2014.
A great post by Jason Hibbets, detailing resources to help answer questions around:

  1. What is OpenStack?
  2. OpenStack contributions and community
  3. OpenStack technology and more

Read the full post here: http://opensource.com/business/14/2/openstack-beginners-guide

Repost: How to contribute to OpenStack

by Maria Gallegos, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — March 17, 2014

Ever wonder how all the OpenStack contributors actually contribute? Red Hat’s Rich Bowen provides some of the places where contributors can plug into the OpenStack community.

Read the full blog post: How to contribute to OpenStack

An Icehouse Sneak Peek – OpenStack Compute (Nova)

by Steve Gordon, Product Manager, Red Hat — March 11, 2014
It seems like it was only yesterday that the OpenStack community found itself gathering in Hong Kong to set the design goals for the Icehouse release. As we entered March development was still progressing at a fever pitch in the lead up to the feature freeze for the release but now the dust has started to settle and we are able to start getting a real feel for what OpenStack users and operators can look forward to in the Icehouse release.
Today I’ll be giving a sneak peak to just some of the changes made in one of the two projects that made up the original OpenStack release and today is still one of the largest – showing no signs of the innovation slowing downOpenStack Compute (Nova). OpenStack Compute is a cloud computing fabric controller, a central component of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) system. It is responsible for managing the hypervisors on which virtual machine instances will ultimately run and managing the lifecycle of those virtual machine instances. This list is by no means exhaustive but highlights some key features and the rapid advances made by the contributors that make up the OpenStack community in a six month release cycle.

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Is OpenStack for You?

by Keith Basil, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat — February 28, 2014

As product manager and OpenStack evangelist you may think that the standard response to the question “Is OpenStack for You” is unequivocally “Yes!”.

Well, that’s not necessarily the case here.

To help bring clarity to the question, we’ve developed a webinar that tackles the “when (and when not) to” use OpenStack. In the webinar, we point out the characteristics of applications likely to flourish when used with OpenStack. We also explore various approaches for getting started with OpenStack.

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OpenStack Summit Session Voting Closes Soon – Your Vote Counts!

by Jeff Jameson, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — February 27, 2014

With the voting polls open for the past week, the OpenStack Foundation is collecting votes for all sessions at this Spring’s OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Red Hat is doing its part to contribute as many innovative and useful session to the agenda. With a variety of sessions submitted, from low-level discussions on network routing and storage, all the way through real-world success stories that share experiences and lessons learned with deploying an OpenStack cloud, we’ve got a great lineup to offer you.

Each and every vote counts, so if you haven’t already voted, have a look through all the Red Hat submitted sessions and vote for your favorites! Just click on the title to cast your vote. Remember, voting closes on Monday, March 3rd.

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Repost: Deployment to Upgrade–Puppet OpenStack Modules Are Your Friends

by Red Hat Stack Blog

Since the announcement of RDO and Red Hat OpenStack at the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit, these have arguably become two of the most popular ways to install OpenStack. Both use the puppet-openstack modules to install OpenStack, and are just a sampling of the OpenStack installers that are based on Puppet.

Read the full post here: http://developerblog.redhat.com/2014/01/28/deploy-to-upgrade-puppet-openstack-modules/

Originally posted January 28, 2014, by Christian Hoge.

Repost: Why only Red Hat is “The Red Hat of OpenStack”

by Tim Burke, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat — February 25, 2014

Originally posted on August 12, 2013, by Tim Burk, vice president, Cloud and Virtualization Development, Red Hat – Part 4 of a 4 part series [1]

Tim’s earlier posts include:

As described in my earlier posts, it is plain to see that Red Hat is not treating OpenStack as “just” a layered product.

Rather, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is the next major evolution in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family. The tight levels of integration and responsible enterprise grade feature enhancement necessitate this combination. We believe that doing OpenStack right – to make it secure, performant, easy to use, and evolve over time – is only possible by taking a holistic approach.

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Repost: Why combine Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack? Integration and Ecosystem Benefits.

by Tim Burke, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat — February 20, 2014

Originally posted on August 5, 2013, by Tim Burke, vice president, Cloud and Virtualization Development, Red Hat – Part 3 of a 4 part series [1]

Part 3.

In my last post, I discussed a small subset of the security, storage, networking, virtualization, and performance optimizations that make the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform offering technically superior. Yet, as innovation continues in the vibrant upstream OpenStack and Linux communities, Red Hat’s integration work is ongoing. Our subscription model assures that customers will continue to have access to this ongoing stream of innovation –  innovation that is made possible through the tight coordination of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux development team, which now includes OpenStack components. The goals of that coordination include:

  • Component Integration – There are several parts of OpenStack that have dependencies on specific versions of run-times or system utilities. For example, there are specific networking modules required for software-defined networks (SDNs), specific versions of python run-times, custom Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) security policies, and even system tunings for virtualized guest environments. Piecing together the specific versions and making the completed whole function optimally can be a daunting challenge.

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Repost: Why combine Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack? Technology Optimization Benefits.

by Tim Burke, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat — February 18, 2014

Originally posted on July 24, 2013, by Tim Burke, vice president, Cloud and Virtualization Development, Red Hat – Part 2 of a part 4 series [1]

Part 2.
OpenStack delivers a highly scalable cloud environment for a variety of applications. But, cloud workloads present new challenges for underlying operating system platforms. The nature of the cloud is to be agile, not static. Virtual machines are quickly created and destroyed in large numbers. Storage and networking need to be flexible and highly performant. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has evolved to match the pace and unique characteristics of cloud deployments and is optimized for OpenStack in several ways, including:

  • Security – Cloud environments don’t deploy applications on dedicated hardware. Rather, they deploy multiple virtual machines on top of a pool of generic hardware resources, with virtual machines often sharing the same hardware. In this deployment model, virtual machine isolation is a key security concern. Enter Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the fine-grained permission enforcement afforded by Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) at the file, network and user levels. In Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, SELinux enforces specific policies that are unique to the needs of OpenStack, such as enabling OpenStack to configure network namespaces which utilize Openstack’s network services. The benefit of SELinux is to prevent different virtual guests from accessing network ports and connections maliciously. In this way, the security inherent in Red Hat Enterprise Linux enhances the security of OpenStack cloud environment.

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Repost: The evolution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and the answer to “Who will be the Red Hat of OpenStack?”

by Tim Burke, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat — February 13, 2014

Originally posted on July 18, 2013 by Tim Burke, vice president, Cloud and Virtualization Development, Red Hat – Part 1 of a 4 part series [1]

Part 1.
Throughout its history, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been been transformative in the information technology infrastructure platform arena. It was founded on the principles of bringing stability and a longer lifecycle required by commercial IT organizations to the rapidly changing, community-developed Linux operating system. This unleashed a wave of commoditized computing as Red Hat Enterprise Linux displaced expensive proprietary UNIX offerings, delivering customers lower costs and freedom from vendor lock-in.

The next wave of Red Hat Enterprise Linux focused on being first in the industry to offer the highest levels of security built into the mainstream product rather than being an obscure offshoot. This focus on security – including collaboration with the U.S. government’s National Security Agency (NSA) on Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) – paved the way for security-conscious governments and businesses around the globe to adopt Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Expanded Training Offered for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

by Randy Russell, Director of Certification, Red Hat — February 11, 2014

We are pleased to announce the continued evolution of Red Hat’s training and certification programs in support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which delivers Red Hat OpenStack technology optimized for and integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  This week we are announcing the expansion of our core system administration course on, Red Hat OpenStack Administration, from three days to four so we can drill deeper into this emerging technology.  We have re-titled the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack.  We want to make sure IT professionals worldwide understand what we are certifying with this important new credential.  In coming months we plan to add to our OpenStack course and exam offerings.  If you are attending Red Hat Summit, please consider one of the training events we will be offering there.
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OpenStack Services Integration: Pros and Cons

by Flavio Percoco, Software Engineer, Red Hat — February 6, 2014

As many of you know, OpenStack is a fully distributed system. As such, it keeps its services (nova, glance, cinder, keystone, etc ) as decoupled as possible and tries to stick to most of the distribution paradigms, deployments strategies and architectures. For example, one of the main tenets throughout OpenStack is that every module should be using Shared Nothing Architecture (SNA) which states. that each node should be independent and self-sufficient. In other words, all nodes in a SNA are completely isolated from each other in terms of space and memory.

There are other distribution principles that are part of OpenStack’s tenets, however, this post is not about what principles OpenStack as a whole tries to follow, but rather on  how OpenStack sticks together such a heavily distributed architecture and makes it work as one. The first thing we need to do is evaluate some of the integration methods that exist out there and how they’re being used within OpenStack. Before we get there, let me explain what an integration method is.

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7 Ways in which OpenStack Adoption Parallels Linux

by ghaff — January 23, 2014

By, Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
January 27, 2014

In spite of its considerable momentum, there are still skeptics about whether OpenStack will ultimately succeed. My colleague Bryan Che tackled some of that skepticism in a blog post late last year and I’m not going to rehash his arguments here. Rather, I’m going to make some observations about how OpenStack is paralleling and will likely continue to parallel the adoption of another open source project that I think we can all agree has become popular and successful—namely Linux.[1]

OpenStack Parallel Linux

1. Part and parcel of a new approach to computing
Linux came about at a time when computing was changing. It had become distributed and the rise of the Web was leading to new functions and new requirements. Much of Linux’ early-on growth came from powering new Internet infrastructure.  It was from that beachhead that Linux branched out into more traditional enterprise operating system roles. Similarly, OpenStack is part of the cloud computing wave which is characterized by new levels of standardization and automation combined with an on-demand and self-service approach to delivering computing resources to users.

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The Importance of Integrating Datacenter Infrastructure

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By, Steve Gordon, Product Manager, Red Hat
January 23, 2014

This week heralds a refresh of Red Hat’s cloud portfolio offerings, including Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, and the latest release of Red Hat’s traditional data center virtualization management platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3.

We’ve put a lot of effort into our long-term cloud product strategy and the updates this week show the beginning of those efforts coming together. With this refresh, it’s clear that integration and management is the key theme behind the marketing launch activities. However, delivering real, tangible, and deployable value to our customers through Red Hat infrastructure software, is the key to success for us and this update provides you (us) the first step.

So why is integration so important in your data center? And why integrate with OpenStack? The answer lies within your own existing infrastructure, as well as your long-term plans. No, I don’t have magical powers to see your datacenter or your plans, but statistically-speaking, I can see just fine.

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Why You Need a Cloud Management Platform

by ghaff — January 7, 2014

By, Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
January 7, 2014

Cloud infrastructure and cloud management. As an industry, we conflate these two things far too often.

This is understandable up to a point. Cloud computing architectures are relatively new and new architectural approaches often involve figuring out how functions are best partitioned and how they relate to each other. The process tends to be pragmatic; that’s how the networking stack first developed. That terminology is often morphing and inconsistently applied (innocently or otherwise) doesn’t help matters.

The overall building blocks of the private and hybrid cloud stack have now crystallized to a significant degree. The boundaries of these blocks aren’t hard-edged of course; there’s always overlap in the management space given that basic functions tend to come built-in even if they’re superseded at scale or for more complex requirements. But we’re at a point where we can describe the relationship of a cloud platform such as OpenStack to cloud management platforms (CMP)s like CloudForms that shouldn’t be too controversial.

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Beyond the vanity statistics: What’s the real value for enterprise customers

by cdubuque — December 18, 2013

By, Chuck Dubuque, Director Product Marketing, Red Hat
December 18, 2013

Returning from OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, I had some time on the fourteen-hour flight to think about Red Hat’s accomplishments within the OpenStack community, and more importantly, why they should matter to customers in the enterprise software space.

While I am gratified that Red Hat was again the top corporate contributor to the OpenStack Havana release, for me it goes beyond just the marketing value of being able to make that statement. It goes to the heart of the value of a subscription to our Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and the unique characteristics of open source projects versus commercial products.

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