Red Hat Combines Continuous Community Innovation with Long-Life Enterprise Support in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16

Massively-scalable cloud infrastructure solution helps organizations maximize emerging innovations like edge computing while retaining production support for up to five years without disruptive upgrades.


Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, the latest version of its highly scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. More than 1,000 enhancements and new features will lay the foundation for enterprise and telco workloads from programmable IaaS for hybrid clouds, developer clouds and production clouds and cloud-native applications like network functions virtualization (NFV), edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). 


With Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Orange Egypt has built a horizontal cloud platform for NFV to help us create solutions that best fit our customers’ needs. We can now act more dynamically and roll out services 10x faster than before, and make a greater contribution to digital development in Egypt.


Ayman Amiri

chief technology officer, Orange Egypt

Built on the backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 is designed to help organizations deliver more innovation, more quickly and with fewer disruptions. The latest version of the platform adds a refined long-life support lifecycle, comprehensive feature consolidation and a new commitment to delivering continuous community innovation as enterprise-ready features via stream releases. The platform combines the OpenStack community releases of “Rocky”, “Stein” and “Train” along with the best of Red Hat OpenStack Platform versions 14 and 15.

With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, enterprises and telcos can more effectively transform their IT infrastructure into a more agile, efficient and innovative environment ready for the opportunities of a digital economy. Modular by design, the platform optimizes IT operations for existing traditional applications while serving as the foundation for cloud-native application development and deployment. 

Maximized, product-stable innovation in a single long-life release

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 is designed to help organizations standardize and remain on a single version of the platform for up to five years. This enables IT teams to more confidently deploy traditional and cloud-native workloads on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, gaining the flexibility, scalability and innovation of the hybrid cloud with the assurances of long-term enterprise-class support from Red Hat.

With the new long-life cadence of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, customers can have access to features faster than ever, without having to wait for complete platform upgrades – blending an organization’s need for a consistent platform with the open source community’s speed of innovation. By building on a proven record of adding and backporting features to long-life releases, our customers can deliver innovation to their customers without compromise.

Integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Red Hat OpenStack Platform, combined with Red Hat’s leadership in enterprise Linux, provides a consistent experience across services, support, consumption models and life-cycle management, empowering IT teams to deliver the latest innovations with minimized risk. In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, the platform’s life-cycle has been aligned with that of the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. With this alignment, the result is fewer platform updates which reduces the time spent testing and certifying applications – and simplifying day 2 operations.

Empowering customers and partners across industries

Hundreds of customers rely on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to power their hybrid and private clouds for a variety of deployments, including Rakuten Mobile Network; Public Health England; Turkcell; Massachusetts Open Cloud; O2 Slovakia; and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is also backed by a robust ecosystem of partners for enterprise businesses including Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, NetApp, Nuage, NVIDIA, among others. 


Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 will be available today via the Red Hat Customer Portal for Red Hat OpenStack Platform customers with active subscriptions. 

Supporting Quotes

Joe Fernandes, vice president, Products, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat
“With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, we’ve updated the cadence of innovation to reflect the ability and desire of enterprise IT organizations to consume and deploy new releases. Now aligned with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, businesses can benefit from a more continuous stream of new features like edge computing and NFV without requiring a new version of the platform, helping organizations to innovate at the speed and scale that makes the most sense for their unique operations.” 

Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Dell EMC Enterprise and Service Provider Strategy & Solutions
"Our collaboration with Red Hat continues to focus on addressing the growing needs of service providers for more agile and innovative environments. Working with Red Hat and the open source community, our combined OpenStack solutions provide a tested and validated infrastructure to help accelerate the deployment and simplify operations of 5G and network edge use cases.”

Víctor Morales, chief of infrastructure and IT services, Grupo ASD
“Thanks to the adoption of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage and the support of the Red Hat Consulting and Services teams, we have a more readily scalable and reliable hybrid cloud solution which enables us to reuse our existing computing and storage capacity. This makes it possible for us to more effectively plan for and be prepared for the Colombian Election process while simultaneously expanding our business models through our infrastructure, platform and software services.”

Peter Forai, deputy head of IT, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA)
“As our research data volumes continue to grow exponentially, IMBA needed to more quickly deploy high-performing computing (HPC) environments used by our scientists to conduct research. With Red Hat OpenStack Platform, we’ve been able to create a highly flexible, scalable, software-defined data center to reduce our time to install custom HPC environments from six months to one hour. We expect that the latest version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform will continue to enable IMBA to focus on supporting innovative research.” 

Sunil Khandekar, head of Nuage Networks, Nokia
“Nuage Networks from Nokia is pleased to continue its collaboration with Red Hat, supporting Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 release along with OpenStack director and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. Combining the latest version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform with the latest Nuage Networks VSP 6.1 release helps to optimize our solution as we seek to address telco cloud requirements for advanced data plane capabilities and long-term support requirements.”

Ayman Amiri, chief technology officer, Orange Egypt
“With Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform,
Orange Egypt has built a horizontal cloud platform for NFV to help us create solutions that best
fit our customers’ needs. We can now act more dynamically and roll out services 10x faster than
before, and make a greater contribution to digital development in Egypt. We believe Red Hat’s
latest version, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, will continue to provide industry leading
technology to help businesses like ours succeed on their digital transformation journey.”

Anwar Alsubhi, general manager, cloud infrastructure, stc
“We built our telco cloud with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and have successfully onboarded a number of virtualized network functions (VNFs). We are able to be more flexible and agile in delivering digital services on our open platform as we work to better address customer expectations now and in the future. We’re looking forward to the new OpenStack capabilities to help power our cloud strategy and deliver ever greater value to our business, customers and society.”

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