At the recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, and more recently the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, the OpenStack engineering team worked on some interesting demos for the keynote talks.
I’ve been directly involved with the deployment of Red Hat OpenShift Platform on bare metal using the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director deployment/management tool, integrated with openshift-ansible. I’ll give some details of this demo, the upstream TripleO features related to this work, and insight around the potential use-cases.
Continue reading ““Ultimate Private Cloud” Demo, Under The Hood!”
Previously we learned all about the benefits in placing Ceph storage services directly on compute nodes in a co-located fashion. This time, we dive deep into the deployment templates to see how an actual deployment comes together and then test the results!
This article assumes the director is installed and configured with nodes already registered. The default Heat deployment templates ship an environment file for enabling Pure HCI. This environment file is:
Continue reading “Using Red Hat OpenStack Platform director to deploy co-located Ceph storage – Part Two”
As OpenStack continues to grow and thrive around the world the OpenStack Foundation continues to bring OpenStack events to all corners of the globe. From community run meetups to more high-profile events like the larger Summits there is probably an OpenStack event going on somewhere near you.
One of the increasingly popular events is the OpenStack Days series. OpenStack Days are regionally focussed events sponsored by local user groups and businesses in the OpenStack universe. The are intended to be formal events with a detailed structure, keynotes and sponsorship.
This year’s OpenStack Days – Australia was held June 1st in Melbourne, Australia and Red Hat was proud to be a sponsor with speakers in multiple tracks!
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In the previous two blogposts (Part 1 and Part 2) we demonstrated how to create a dynamic Ansible inventory file for a running OpenStack cloud. We then used that inventory to run Ansible-based validations with the ansible-playbook command from the CLI.
In the final part of our series, we demonstrate how to run those same validations using two new methods: the OpenStack scheduling service, Mistral, and the Red Hat OpenStack director UI.
Continue reading “Using Ansible Validations With Red Hat OpenStack Platform – Part 3”
Ansible is helping to change the way admins look after their infrastructure. It is flexible, simple to use, and powerful. Ansible uses a modular structure to deploy controlled pieces of code against infrastructure, utilizing thousands of available modules, providing everything from server management to network switch configuration.
With recent releases of Red Hat OpenStack Platform access to Ansible is included directly within the Red Hat OpenStack Platform subscription and installed by default with Red Hat OpenStack Platform director.
In this three-part series you’ll learn ways to use Ansible to perform powerful pre and post deployment validations against your Red Hat OpenStack environment, utilizing the special validation scripts that ship with recent Red Hat OpenStack Platform releases.
Continue reading “Using Ansible Validations With Red Hat OpenStack Platform – Part 1”
This year in Boston, MA you can attend the Red Hat Summit 2017, the event to get your updates on open source technologies and meet with all the experts you follow throughout the year.
It’s taking place from May 2-4 and is full of interesting sessions, keynotes, and labs.
This year I was part of the process of selecting the labs you are going to experience at Red Hat Summit and wanted to share here some to help you plan your OpenStack labs experience. These labs are for you to spend time with the experts who will teach you hands-on how to get the most out of your Red Hat OpenStack product.
Each lab is a 2-hour session, so planning is essential to getting the most out of your days at Red Hat Summit.
As you might be struggling to find and plan your sessions together with some lab time, here is an overview of the labs you can find in the session catalog for exact room and times. Each entry includes the lab number, title, abstract, instructors and is linked to the session catalog entry:
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As the OpenStack market continues to mature, some organizations have made the move and put OpenStack projects into production. They have done this in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. However, other organizations have waited to see what these first-movers are doing with it and whether or not they are successful before exploring for themselves.
As such, we’re pleased to announce the availability of 4 new analyst white papers from 451 Research on how organizations are using OpenStack in production. The information in these papers is based on 451 Research’s own insights as well as interviews with customers who have put OpenStack into production.
Continue reading “OpenStack Use Cases – New Analyst Papers and Webinar Now Available”
UPDATE Jan 16th: new OSP10 + CEPH 2 Hyper Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture
It’s that time of the year. We all look back at 2016, think about the good and bad things, and wish that Santa brings us the gifts we deserve. We, at Red Hat, are really proud to bring you a present for this holiday season: a new version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, version 10 (press release and release notes). This is our best release ever, so we’ve named it our first Long Life release (up to 5 years support), and this blog post will show you why this will be the perfect gift for your private cloud project.
Continue reading “Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is here! So what’s new?”
Last week we marked the general availability of our Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 release, the latest version of Red Hat’s highly scalable IaaS platform based on the OpenStack community “Liberty” release. A co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat’s OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is becoming a gold standard for large production OpenStack deployments. Hundreds of global production deployments and even more proof-of-concepts are underway, in the information, telecommunications, financial sectors, and large enterprises in general. Red Hat OpenStack Platform also benefits from a strong ecosystem of industry leaders for transformative network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and more.
From Community Innovation to Enterprise Production
The path for delivering a production-ready cloud platform, starts in the open source communities that can typically innovate far more effectively than traditional R&D labs. At Red Hat we bring customers, partners, and developers into communities of purpose to solve shared problems together. Red Hat also contributes a lot of code to the OpenStack project to help drive more community development that generally results in a higher feature velocity that enterprise customers need, with a faster time to market compared to proprietary software. When useful OpenStack technology emerges, we test it, harden it, and make it more secure and reliable.
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Adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise has been progressing steadily over the last two years. As a Forrester Report* on enterprise adoption from September noted, “OpenStack demonstrates the completeness, robustness, and capability upon which a broader range of adopters can depend.” OpenStack deployments have proven to be complex in larger IT organizations though, but not because of the reasons that you might anticipate. Much has been made about the complexity of installing the software, but we’ve found that the lion’s share of effort in these implementation comes around the practice of integrating IaaS into the fabric of enterprise IT and evolving existing processes to meet the expectations of the user community.
The first area where we’ve seen complexity in adoption of OpenStack is around the deployment of the infrastructure software itself. While most large organizations have a strong competency in agile development practices at the application layer these days, very few of them have a similar competency at the infrastructure layer. Disciplines like incremental release planning, automated testing, and continuous delivery are often applied to the OpenStack deployment process with great success. These application development processes and tools need to be adapted to the requirements of the infrastructure team and integrated into their workflow. The benefits of this work are large – as infrastructure teams adopt version-controlled configuration management, automated deployments, and automated testing, the scale at which they can operate is dramatically increased.
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