Red Hat appears to be continuing with its normal course of business (and product roll out programme) under the ownership of its new IBM parent — the firm’s OpenStack Platform 14 has been launched this month.
This is Red Hat’s cloud-native (and indeed apps-ready) Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Based on the OpenStack “Rocky” community release, version 14 is said to more tightly integrate with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, its Kubernetes platform.
The new version is also shaped for better bare-metal resource consumption and enhanced deployment automation.
The mission statement for this software (if there were an official one) would be Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 aims to deliver a single infrastructure offering that can act as a foundation for traditional, virtualised and cloud-native workloads.
Red Hat says that as the move to containers and cloud-native applications become prominent pieces of enterprise digital transformation strategies, being able to effectively deploy and scale enterprise-grade Kubernetes on OpenStack becomes a necessity for IT teams.
There is also integrated networkin here, which is meant to enable OpenShift container-based and OpenStack virtual workloads from the same tenant to be connected to the same virtual network (Kuryr), which, in theory at least, should help increase performance of the architecture.
Scale-out & scale-in
Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 bring director-based scale-out and scale-in Red Hat OpenShift nodes, enabling businesses to expand or retract resources as workload requirements change.
The firm insists that running workloads on bare-metal servers offers the ability to fully use cloud-native technologies with unimpeded processing power. To better meet this need, Red Hat offers a consistent management experience between virtualized and bare metal nodes.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 also extends integration with Red Hat Ansible Automation, making the deployment process easier than in previous versions.
IT operations teams can now preview a Red Hat OpenStack Platform before it goes live, helping them to identify and resolve any issues. Additional visibility is provided during the deployment process itself, so it’s faster to identify failure points and remediation, including the capacity to repeat and re-apply isolated deployment steps if needed.