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Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud


Hyperconverged infrastructure is becoming increasingly common for private cloud and network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure core and edge workloads. These platforms offer colocated, software-defined compute and storage resources, as well as a unified management interface, all running on economical, industry-standard hardware. They allow communications service providers (CSPs) to consolidate workloads onto a smaller hardware footprint while improving reliability, manageability, and efficiency. A smaller footprint allows CSPs to move power to the edge of their networks more easily to meet increasing and changing demand for services. 


Red Hat® Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud combines Red Hat OpenStack® Platform and Red Hat Ceph® Storage into a single offering with a common life cycle and support. 

  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform. A highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product that delivers an open, flexible, and integrated private cloud foundation—optimized for, and based on, Red Hat Enterprise Linux®
  • Red Hat Ceph Storage. A massively scalable, hardware-independent, programmable platform with unified support for block, object, and file storage. It is designed for modern workloads like OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure. 

Both Red Hat OpenStack Platform compute and Red Hat Ceph Storage functions are run on the same host, enabling dramatic consolidation and efficiency gains. Ideal NFV use cases for Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud include: 

  • Core datacenters 
  • Central office datacenters 
  • Edge and remote point of presence (POP) environments
image container Figure 1. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud architecture


Reduced deployment footprint Consolidation of compute and storage functions reduces the overall number of servers needed for a given workload, increasing efficiency and cutting costs. It also decreases the minimum cluster size to allow cost-efficient initial deployments.
No single point of failure Clustered deployment of compute and storage resources provides increased reliability and resiliency.
Single orchestration manager Red Hat OpenStack Platform director orchestrates all resources in the hyperconverged infrastructure for increased visibility and streamlined operations.
Advanced compute and memory management Non-uniform memory access (NUMA) and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) memory reservation provide consistent performance during cluster stage changes.
High scalability Scalability to 30 nodes supports larger environments.
Container-based deployment model Containerization speeds setup, helps deliver predictable and reliable performance, and enables infrastructure savings.
Complete OpenStack service support Full support for OpenStack Nova, Cinder, Glance, and S3/Swift and tight integration with Red Hat Ceph Storage enable a wide variety of deployment configurations. 
Single software package A unified offering with aligned component life cycles streamlines purchasing and support. Component integration delivers use case-specific performance optimizations and quality engineering testing.