Red Hat OpenStack Platform 5 Delivers Long-Term Support of Icehouse
Red Hat doubles the support length for its OpenStack cloud distribution to three years.Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat today announced the general availability of its Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) 5.0 release. The new release follows the OSP 4.0 release by seven months and is based on the recent OpenStack Icehouse cloud platform that debuted in April. Among the biggest changes in the new Red Hat release is the fact that Red Hat is now doubling the support length from the 1.5 years that was available in OSP 4.0 to three years with OSP 5.0. A key value proposition that Red Hat offers with OSP is commercial support and enterprise hardening. Since OpenStack is an open-source effort, there are a number of freely available OpenStack distributions, including Red Hat's own community RDO distribution. The free OpenStack distributions, however, generally do not have any form of commercial support. "Red Hat's approach to support lifecycle is in sync with our customer needs," Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat, told eWEEK. "As OpenStack matures and customers choose to deploy versions for longer periods of time, so will our support lifecycle."
One of the specific challenges with providing multiyear support for OpenStack is the fact that the open-source project is moving quickly, with two sets of major releases in every calendar year. Red Hat is no stranger to fast moving open-source projects, given that the Linux kernel itself is updated every six to 10 weeks. With the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system, Red Hat has a multitier system where for the first five years, new features are backported. As time progresses, only bug and security fixes are added to RHEL. RHEL, however, typically has a 10-year support lifespan, whereas OSP 5.0 will only have a three-year support lifespan.