Repost: Red Hat’s Commitment to IceHouse OpenStack

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.

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The Road To High Availability for OpenStack

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)

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

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

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.

Experience enterprise infrastructure for yourself at Red Hat Summit 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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