Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 Improves Cloud Manageability

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2016-04-20 Print this article Print

While the upstream OpenStack Liberty release is at the core of OSP 8, Red Hat is also integrating technologies of its own into the platform, including the Red Hat CloudForms management product. CloudForms has been in the market since 2012.

"CloudForms is being included for the first time, given overwhelming customer feedback around providing rich 'Day 2' management capabilities in OSP," Balakrishnan said.

CloudForms provides a unified management view over OpenStack infrastructure and workloads, from life cycle management to policy-based access control, he said. Essentially, CloudForms gives Red Hat OpenStack Platform a public cloud feel, providing many of the usage and monitoring controls typically available via public cloud services. With Red Hat's stand-alone CloudForms product, customers can manage multiple types of cloud technology and not just OpenStack. Balakrishnan noted that CloudForms included with OSP is limited to just managing the OSP infrastructure and workloads.

Red Hat has many partnerships with different types of vendors across the IT spectrum. For OpenStack, Red Hat has an integrated partnership with Dell that includes the development of a jointly engineered OpenStack platform, called Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Version 5.0.

Brent Doncaster, senior strategist of product marketing for OpenStack Cloud Solutions at Dell, explained that with the new Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud product, Dell sells the hardware and software. From a software point of view, Dell is supporting the same Red Hat OSP 8 as is available off-the-shelf.

"There are no differences in OSP 8 available from Dell and from Red Hat; this is by design," Doncaster told eWEEK. "Dell does develop tools and software jointly with Red Hat that help automate and orchestrate the deployment of Red Hat OSP."

Doncaster added that Dell provides value-added engineering to help Red Hat installations be more efficient in a Dell environment, based on Dell's expertise at the hardware and platform level.

Dell doesn't have a single OpenStack cloud box or rack, but rather offers templates that allow customers to order a customizable and integrated OpenStack infrastructure.

"Invariably, given all of the options and variables in OpenStack, customers have needs that are not met with a single preconfigured scenario," Doncaster said.

Balakrishnan said Red Hat finds the Dell partnership to be unique given that it was the first to OEM Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the early days of Linux and, similarly, Red Hat OSP three years ago.

"In addition, Intel-Dell-Red Hat are also partnered to drive innovation in OpenStack as well as drive market success for the jointly engineered solution," he said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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