Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Build public and private clouds on a secure, scalable foundation

IT is being challenged to react faster to growing customer demands. So your IT organization is increasingly turning to public and private clouds for their ability to swiftly deploy and scale IT infrastructure to meet end-user demands. But the cloud doesn't always meet your performance, scalability, and security standards. Until now.


The no-compromises cloud platform

With Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® OpenStack® Platform, you can address customer demands in hours or minutes—rather than weeks or days—without sacrificing security, performance, or your budget. We’ve combined Red Hat Enterprise Linux—our reliable, stable, and secure operating system (OS)—with OpenStack, the fastest-growing and massively scalable cloud infrastructure platform. Together, they form the ideal platform for your business to build a private cloud or for service providers to construct a public cloud.

Massively scalable and elastic

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform lets you build clouds that scale from proofs of concept of a few dozen systems to production deployments that span tens of thousands of systems.

The key to the scalability lies in the design tenets that underlie OpenStack: a modular, service-designed approach with massive scale-out capabilities that let you grow your OpenStack cloud elastically, adding massive amounts of resources as needed to meet increased demand.

Linux and OpenStack community leadership

Red Hat is a leader in the Linux and OpenStack communities. Not just because we author code, but because we also provide stewardship and direction to their open source projects. When you use Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, you gain a competitive advantage by being able to provide insight, guidance, and influence over feature development within these communities. As OpenStack rapidly evolves, you can be confident that your cloud infrastructure will be able to evolve with it.

Deploy OpenStack with confidence

Red Hat's proven history as a community leader and trusted technology partner provides you with world-class support, services, and certified training for your cloud. We make implementing a cloud infrastructure easy by supporting you every step of the way.


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Benefits and Features

Engineered for the enterprise

OpenStack and Linux: co-engineered for a reason

Like most software services, OpenStack needs a hypervisor to run virtual machines and manage resources like CPU, memory, networking, storage, security, and hardware drivers. And all OpenStack services have runtime dependencies on the underlying operating system, just like any other application.

To ensure enterprise-class stability for a next-generation datacenter, we've co-engineered Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform by combining the world's most trusted, secure, and proven Linux distribution—Red Hat Enterprise Linux—with Red Hat's rigorously tested OpenStack technology.

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Integrated features

The operating system made for the cloud

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, you get all the benefits you've come to expect from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, plus the fastest-growing cloud infrastructure platform from OpenStack. This means you have a wide selection of hardware partners to choose from to power your cloud. And your customers have a familiar and widely supported application environment for their cloud workloads.

A reliable foundation for OpenStack

OpenStack depends on Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides OpenStack a stable, reliable, and secure foundation, along with the hardware and application support needed to run in demanding, massive-scale enterprise environments. Combining Red Hat's OpenStack technology with Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you the performance to quickly scale your infrastructure to tens of thousands of virtual machines so you can address your customer or end-user demands for services quickly and efficiently.

Openstack, enhanced

Leading OpenStack performance and functionality

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform enhances OpenStack with advanced features needed for cloud environments. Specifically, it includes improved virtualization and additional networking features that boost the overall performance and functionality of OpenStack clouds.

Additional features

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform also includes:

  • Dual support for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7.
  • The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor with enhanced features.
  • Network namespaces (netns).
  • Open vSwitch (OVS) tunneling.
  • Enhancements to security and networking tools to accommodate OVS.

Built-in cloud security

Security you know and trust

Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes a number of security features—from control groups to SELinux—that protect systems from unauthorized access. In fact, it's earned some of the highest security credentials available from organizations like the US Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Protected OpenStack infrastructure and cloud applications

All of these security features are included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The high level of security protects your OpenStack infrastructure and your cloud workloads running inside the virtual machines. This ensures that you're protected from the bottom to the top of the cloud stack.

Broad partner ecosystem

The world's largest OpenStack partner ecosystem

Along with our expansive and committed Red Hat Enterprise Linux ecosystem, Red Hat has assembled the largest ecosystem of OpenStack-specific partners to provide compute, storage, networking, ISV software, and services to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployments. Choose from among hundreds of hardware partners and thousands of software applications that have been certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat's OpenStack technology. The breadth of hardware and software options available means that you can focus on delivering services to your customers without worrying about compatibility or support.


90-day Evaluations

Getting started with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is easy and free—just fill out this form.

The 90-day evaluation lets you create a 3-node Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform test cluster. Red Hat Enterprise Linux guest subscriptions are also included, so you can create and manage virtual machines during your testing.

Attend a workshop

Try OpenStack risk-free and hands-on in one of our regional workshops. Register for a location near you.

How to Buy

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Contact Red Hat Sales to learn more about, to receive an evaluation version of, or to purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.


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