Delivering the Complete Open-Source Cloud Infrastructure and Software-Defined-Storage Story

by Sean Cohen, Principal Technical Product Manager, Red Hat — October 24, 2014

Co-authored by Neil Levine, Director Product Marketing, Red Hat

The OpenStack summit in Paris not only marks the release of Juno to the public but also the 6 month mark since Red Hat acquired Inktank, the commercial company behind Ceph. The acquisition not only underscored Red Hat’s commitment to use open source to disrupt the storage market, as it did in the operating system market with Linux, but also its investment in OpenStack where Ceph is a market leading scale-out storage platform, especially for block.

Even prior to the acquisition, Inktank’s commercial product – Inktank Ceph Enterprise – had been certified with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and over the past 6 months, the product teams have worked to integrate the two products even more tightly.
Delivering the complete Open-Source Cloud Infrastructure and Software-Defined-Storage story
The first phase of this work has been focused on simplifying the installation experience. The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform installer now handles configuration of the Ceph components on the controller and compute side, from installing the packages to configuring Cinder, Glance and Nova to creating all the necessary authentication keys. With the Ceph client-side components now directly available in RHEL OpenStack Platform, much of what was a manual effort has now been transformed & automated. In addition the RHEL OpenStack Platform installer also takes responsibility for the configuration of the storage cluster network topology and will boot and configure the hosts that will be used by the Ceph storage cluster.

The Inktank Ceph Enterprise installer has also been modified to take pre-seeded configuration files from RHEL OpenStack Platform and use them to build out the storage cluster. With some of the Ceph services architected to run co-resident on the controller nodes, the number of physical nodes needed has been reduced without sacrificing security of performance.
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OpenStack Summit Paris: Agenda Confirms 22 Red Hat Sessions

by Jeff Jameson, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — September 26, 2014

As this Fall’s OpenStack Summit in Paris approaches, the Foundation has posted the session agenda, outlining the schedule of events. With an astonishing 1,100+ sessions submitted for review, I was happy to see that Red Hat and eNovance have a combined 22 sessions that are included in the weeks agenda, with two more as alternates.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I really respect the way the Foundation goes about setting the agenda – essentially deferring to the attendees and participants themselves, via a vote. Through this voting process, the subjects that are “top-of-mind” and of most interest in learning more about are brought to the surface, resulting in a very current and cutting edge set of discussions. And with so many accepted sessions, it again confirms that Red Hat, and now eNovance, are involved in some of the most current projects and technologies that the community is most interested in. Read the full post »

Free webinar on the Heat orchestration service

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

On Tuesday, September 30, we will presenting a Taste of Red Hat Training webinar dedicated to Heat, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform orchestration service that allows you to run multiple composite cloud applications. There will be two live sessions of the webinar run that day, at 9 am EST and 2 pm EST to accommodate the usual international audience.

Join Red Hat curriculum developer, Adolfo Vazquez, as he teaches you about the basics of the Heat orchestration service in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the Heat core services, and how to configure applications on the OpenStack infrastructure. Content for the webinar is pulled directly from our popular Red Hat OpenStack Administration (CL210) course.

Click here for more information and to register.

Announcing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 Beta

by Raissa Tona, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — September 18, 2014

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 Beta to existing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers. The Beta release allows our customers to easily manage and automate many virtualization tasks while providing an on-ramp to accommodate cloud enabled workloads based on OpenStack. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 Beta provides new features across compute, storage, network, and infrastructure.

One key feature to highlight is the full integration with OpenStack Glance and Neutron services. This feature was previously in tech preview. The strong integration between Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenStack enables customers to eliminate silos and scale up to meet business demands.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 Beta is available to all existing customers with active Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization subscriptions today. Please view the 3.5 Beta Installation Guide here for details on how to start testing the beta release.

Please note that RHEV 3.5 Beta 1 will not support the use of the RHEV-H Hypervisor and will only support the use of a RHEL Hypervisor Host.  We apologize for this delay, and plan on the RHEV-H Hypervisor to be available in the RHEV 3.5 Beta 2 refresh.

Also note that there was a last second issue identified with the dwh component that prevents its installation in RHEV 3.5 Beta 1.  This will be resolved in the RHEV 3.5 Beta 2 refresh.

What’s Coming in OpenStack Networking for Juno Release

by Nir Yechiel — September 11, 2014

Neutron, historically known as Quantum, is the OpenStack project focused on delivering networking as a service. As the Juno development cycle ramps up, now is a good time to review some of the key changes we saw in Neutron during this exciting cycle and have a look at what is coming up in the next upstream major release which is set to debut in October.

Neutron or Nova Network?

The original OpenStack Compute network implementation, also known as Nova Network, assumed a basic model of performing all isolation through Linux VLANs and iptables. These are typically sufficient for small and simple networks, but larger customers are likely to have more sophisticated network requirements. Neutron introduces the concept of a plug-in, which is a back-end implementation of the OpenStack Networking API. A plug-in can use a variety of technologies to implement the logical API requests and offer a rich set of network topologies, including network overlays with protocols like GRE or VXLAN, and network services such as load balancing, virtual private networks or firewalls that plug into OpenStack tenant networks. Neutron also enables third parties to write plug-ins that introduce advanced network capabilities, such as the ability to leverage capabilities from the physical data center network fabric, or use software-defined networking (SDN) approaches with protocols like OpenFlow. One of the main Juno efforts is a plan to enable easier Nova Network to Neutron migration for users that would like to upgrade their networking model for the OpenStack cloud.

Performance Enhancements and Stability

The OpenStack Networking community is actively working on several enhancements to make Neutron a more stable and mature codebase. Among the different enhancements, recent changes to the security-group implementation should result in significant improvement and better scalability of this popular feature. To recall, security groups allows administrators and tenants the ability to specify the type of traffic and direction (ingress/egress) that is allowed to pass through a Neutron port, effectively creating an instance-level firewall filter. You can read this great post by Miguel Angel Ajo, a Red Hat employee who led this effort in the Neutron community, to learn more about the changes.

In addition, there are continuous efforts to improve the upstream testing framework, and to create a better separation between unit tests and functional tests, as well as better testing strategy and coverage for API changes.
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OpenStack Resources for the vAdmin

by Raissa Tona, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — September 8, 2014

Across many enterprise organizations, IT is driving innovation that allows companies to be more agile and gain a competitive edge. These are exciting times for the Vadmins who are at the center of this change. This innovation starts with bridging the gap between traditional virtualization workloads and cloud-enabled workloads based on OpenStack.

Organizations are embracing OpenStack because it allows them to more rapidly scale to meet evolving user demands without sacrificing performance on a stable and flexible platform and at a cost effective level.

As a Vadmin, you might be asking yourself how OpenStack fits in your world of traditional virtualization workloads. The answer is that OpenStack is not a replacement rather it is an extension to traditional virtualization platforms.

To help vAdmins get started with OpenStack, we have created a dedicated page with numerous OpenStack resources including a solutions guide that explains the architectural differences between OpenStack and VMware vSphere, as well as an appliance that allows you to quickly run and deploy OpenStack in your VMware vSphere environment.

Visit this OpenStack Resources vAdmin page to learn how to get started with OpenStack in your existing infrastructure today.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4.1 Released

by Scott Herold — August 25, 2014

Principal Product Manager, Red Hat

I don’t often find myself getting overly excited about maintenance releases, however Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4.1 is an exception due to two key factors:

  • Preview support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as a hypervisor host
  • Support for up to 4,000 GB memory in a single virtual machine

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4, originally introduced official guest operating system support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. In continuing down the path of providing the latest Red Hat technologies to our customers, I am proud to announce that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4.1 has preview support for RHEL 7 as a hypervisor.  Red Hat customers with active subscriptions will be able to take advantage of using RHEL 7 as a hypervisor either as a RHEL host, or by using our thin Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor image.

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Juno Updates – Security

by Jeff Jameson, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat — August 5, 2014

Written by Nathan Kinder

 

There is a lot of development work going on in Juno in security related areas. I thought it would be useful to summarize what I consider to be some of the more notable efforts that are under way in the projects I follow.

Keystone

Nearly everyone I talk with who is using Keystone in anger is integrating it with an existing identity store such as an LDAP server. Using the SQL identity backend is really a poor identity management solution, as it only supports basic password authentication, there is lack of password policy support, and the user management capabilities are fairly limited. Configuring Keystone to use an existing identity store has it’s challenges, but some of the changes in Juno should make this easier. In Icehouse and earlier, Keystone can only use one single identity backend. This means that all regular users and service users must exist in the same identity backend. In many real-world scenarios, the LDAP server used for users and credentials is considered to be read-only by anything other than the normal user provisioning tools. A common problem is that the OpenStack service users are not wanted in the LDAP server. In Juno, it will be possible to configure Keystone to use multiple identity backends. This will allow a deployment to use an LDAP server for normal users and the SQL backend for service users. In addition, this should allow multiple LDAP servers to be used by a single Keystone instance when using Keystone Domains (which previously only worked with the SQL identity backend).

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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
  14. Deploying Swift on a Scale-Out File System

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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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