Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What version of OpenStack is included in the evaluation?
A: The evaluation is based on the OpenStack Folsom release, including packaging changes and backported bug fixes. The existing Essex evaluation channel will be available for users who want to remain on it.
Q: How do I get access to the evaluation software?
A: Fill out a form, and you'll receive an email within an hour with instructions for downloading and installing the software. You'll need a redhat.com account (if you don't have one, you’ll be prompted to create one).
Q: What are the requirements for using the evaluation software?
A: The Red Hat® OpenStack evaluation only works with Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6.3 or higher. The evaluation includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions that let you create a 3-node OpenStack test cluster. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions can be used both as the host operating system for OpenStack and the guest operating system for all the virtual machines managed by OpenStack.
Q: What is Red Hat's involvement with OpenStack?
A: More than a year ago, Red Hat began assigning engineers to contribute to the OpenStack project. Those initial few have grown into a significant OpenStack engineering team that Red Hat will continue to grow. At the spring and fall OpenStack 2012 conferences, Red Hat was recognized as the No. 3 overall corporate code contributor to the Essex release and the No. 2 overall corporate code contributor to the Folsom release.
Red Hat has also been working with Rackspace and the corporate community surrounding OpenStack to create a better governance structure for OpenStack. This effort culminated in the announcement on April 21, 2012, that the project will be governed by a neutral foundation called the OpenStack Foundation. Red Hat is a founding member and 1 of 8 companies at the highest membership level: platinum.
Q: What is OpenStack?
A: OpenStack is an open source project for building a private or public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud running on standard hardware. The typical analogy is that OpenStack gives you public cloud-like capabilities in your datacenter. Learn more about the OpenStack project.
Q: How does OpenStack fit with what else Red Hat is doing around cloud computing?
A: Red Hat is focused on delivering open hybrid clouds and has a broad portfolio that helps enterprises benefit from cloud computing across their choice of physical, virtual, and public cloud infrastructures—without lock-in. An open hybrid cloud lets enterprises bring the benefits of cloud computing to its entire IT organization and adopt the cloud model incrementally while preserving flexibility.
Red Hat's open hybrid cloud portfolio includes:
- Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for managing virtualized datacenters.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss® Enterprise Middleware for building cloud applications.
- Red Hat Storage for hybrid cloud data access and storage.
- Red Hat CloudForms for hybrid cloud management.
- OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
OpenStack complements these capabilities by enabling enterprises and service providers to build an open source IaaS platform as part of an open hybrid cloud.
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