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

Authored by Neil Levine, Director Product Marketing, Red Hat and Sean Cohen, Principal Technical Product Manager, 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, Atlanta 2014: Year of the superuser?

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 publication to coincide with this renewed push to bring users forward.


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Sahara: OpenStack Elastic Hadoop on Demand

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

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.

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OpenStack Summit Breakout Sessions – Update

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

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

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.