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As your IT evolves toward an open, cloud-enabled data center, you can take advantage of OpenStack’s benefits: broad industry support, vendor neutrality, and fast-paced innovation.

As you move into implementation, your requirements for an OpenStack solutions shares a familiar theme: enterprise-ready, fully supported, and seamlessly-integrated products.

Can’t we just install and manage OpenStack ourselves?

OpenStack is an open source project and freely downloadable. To install and maintain OpenStack you need to recruit and retain engineers trained in Python and other technologies. If you decide to go it alone consider:

  1. How do you know OpenStack works with your hardware?
  2. Does OpenStack work with your guest instances?
  3. How do you manage and upgrade OpenStack?
  4. When you encounter problems, consider how you would solve them? Some examples:
Problem scenario Using OpenStack from Red Hat Do it yourself
Security breach Dispatch a team of experts to assess. Issue a hotfix (and contribute the fix upstream for the benefit of all). Rely on your own resources to assess. Wait for a fix from the upstream community.
Change of hardware/driver update etc Certified hardware and software partners continuously jointly develop and test. Issue a hotfix (and contribute the fix upstream for the benefit of all). Contact the hardware provider, sometimes a best guess effort for un-supported and un-certified software.
Application problem Red Hat consulting services assess and determines if the problem is with the application, OpenStack configuration, guest instance, hypervisor or host Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat works across the stack to resolve and fix, Troubleshooting across the stack involves different vendors who do not have joint certified solutions. Fixes come from a variety of sources or your own limited resources.


Thus the benefits of using OpenStack from Red Hat are:


Certified Hardware partners                            fingerpointing

Red Hat has a broad ecosystem of certified hardware. for OpenStack Red Hat is a premier member of TSANet that provides support and interoperability across vendor solutions.

Business Benefit Use Case
Provides a stable and long-term OpenStack cloud deployment. Helps you provide a high SLA to your customers. When problems arise you need solutions, not fingerpointing. The value of certified partners means Red Hat and its partners work together to resolve problems.


Certified software vendors                            certified

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform provides an open pluggable framework for compute (nova), networking (neutron), and storage (cinder/glance) partner solutions.

Business Benefit Use Case
Choice. You are not locked into any one provider.You are not locked into one pricing and licensing model. You can integrate with an existing or select a new hypervisor, networking, or storage solution that meets your needs and changes as your future business demands evolve.


Certified guest OS on Instance/VM    four-virtual-machines-clipart

An OpenStack cloud platform runs virtualized guest instances with an operating system. OpenStack from Red Hat is certified to run Microsoft Windows (see certifications), Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE guest operating systems. Other operating systems are supported per this model


Business Benefit Use Case
The cloud provider can provide a stable platform with higher SLA since there is support across the stack. If there is a problem with a guest/instance, you are not alone getting support, Red Hat works with the O/S provider to resolve the problem.


Integrated with Linux and the Hypervisor    stack                               

As Arthur detailed in his blog post, OpenStack requires a hypervisor to run virtual machines, manage CPU, memory, networking, storage resources, security and drivers. Read how Red Hat helped a customer solve their problem across the stack

Business Benefit Use Case
For support and maintenance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform co-engineers the hypervisor, operating system, and OpenStack services to create a production-ready platform. If you encounter a performance, scalability, or security problem that requires driver level, kernel, Linux or libvirt expertise, Red Hat is equipped to resolve.


A secure solution                                    EAL4-logo

Red Hat is the lead developer of SELinux which helps secure Linux. Red Hat has a team of security researchers and developers constantly hardening Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Business Benefit Use Case
You can provide an OpenStack cloud that has government and military grade Common Criteria EAL4 and other certifications. Financial, Healthcare, Retail and other sectors benefit from the military grade security. Should a breach occur, you have one number to call to a team of experts that can diagnose the problem across the entire stack: operating system, hypervisor, and OpenStack.


Services expertise                    

Red Hat has extensive OpenStack design, deployment, and expert training experience across vertical industries and backed by proven Reference Architectures.

Business Benefit

You are not alone but have a trusted partner as you walk the private cloudjourney to deploy and integrate OpenStack in your environment.

Use Case

  1. Design, deploy, upgrade
  2. High availability
  3. Create an Open Hybrid Cloud
  4. Add Platform-as-Service
  5. ......

Lifecycle support                                     ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Upgrades, patches, and 24x7 support. OpenStack from Red Hat offers three years of Production life-cycle support and the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux has ten years of life-cycle support.

Business Benefit Use Case
Provides a long-term and stable OpenStack cloud platform.
With Red Hat’s  24x7 support, you can provide a high SLA to your customers.
Obtaining latest features and fixes in a new release of OpenStack, allows you to meet user requirements, with Red Hat testing and validation..

Upstream compatibility                            compatibility

Red Hat OpenStack is fully compatible with the upstream openstack community code.

Business Benefit Use Case
Red Hat is a Platinum member of the 200+ member foundation that drives the direction of OpenStack. You can have confidence that the Red Hat distribution adheres to the community direction and is not a one-off or “forked” solution. Red Hat represents your needs in the community. Red Hat’s commitment and leadership in the OpenStack community, helps ensure that customer needs are more easily introduced, developed, and delivered.

Contributions to the OpenStack project       Juno            

Red Hat is a leader in the greater Linux and OpenStack communities. Red Hat is the top contributor to the last four OpenStack releases and provides direction to several related open source projects.

Business Benefit Use Case
Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform gives you a competitive advantage. Red Hat is intimately familiar with the code to best provide support, insight, guidance, and influence over feature development. If you need support or new features as your OpenStack cloud evolves, you can be confident that Red Hat will assist you and continue to evolve with the upstream project.


Red Hat offers you proven open source technology, a large ecosystem of certified hardware and software partners and expert consulting services to free you up to pursue your business. In part two of this post, I will elaborate on the integrated products Red Hat offers to build and manage an Open Hybrid Cloud.

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