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Red Hat released its 13th version of OpenStack cloud platform i.e Queens. OpenStack usually follows a rapid six-month release cycle. This release was majorly focussed upon using open-source OpenStack to bridge the gap between private and public cloud. RHOP will be generally available in June through the Red Hat customer portal and as a part of both Red Hat infrastructure and cloud suite.

Red Hat’s general manager of OpenStack said “RHOP 13 is the first complete containerized OpenStack. Our customers have been asking us to make it easy to run Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP), Red Hat’s Kubernete’s offering. We want to make this as seamless as possible”

OpenStack has come with very interesting cross-portfolio support, to accelerate their hybrid cloud offering. This includes:

  • Red Hat CloudForms which help in managing day-to-day tasks in Hybrid Infrastructure.
  • Red Hat Ceph storage, a scalable storage solution which enables provisioning of hundreds of virtual machines from a single snapshot to build a massive storage solution
  • Red Hat OpenShift container platform which enables running of cloud-native workloads with ease. OpenShift architecture supports running of both Linux as well as Kubernetes containers on a single workload.

RHOP 13 also comes with a varied set of feature enhancements and upgrades, like:

Containerization capabilities

OpenStack 13 is building upon the containerization capabilities and services introduced with the release of OpenStack 12. It enables containerization of all the services including networking and storage.

Security capabilities

By the inclusion of OpenStack Barbican, RHOP 13 comes up with tenant-level lifecycle for sensitive data protection such as passwords, security certificates and keys. With the introduction of features in Barbican, encryption-based services are available to extensive data protection.

For official release notes, please refer to the official OpenStack blog.

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