Red Hat targets OpenStack Platform 17 release networks • The Register

Red Hat has released the latest iteration of its OpenStack 17 platform, with a strong bias toward network operators building modern infrastructures required to deliver 4G and 5G services.

Announced this week at MWC Las Vegas, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 17 has features aimed at helping service providers build massive, modern networks with an open hybrid cloud in mind, according to the open-source outfit.

Not surprisingly, Red Hat also touts the benefits of integration with its OpenShift Application platform based on containers and Kubernetes. It will enable service providers to rapidly deploy new services and applications to meet changing demand, it said.

According to Red Hat, it has been over a decade since the OpenStack project was founded. While it started as a challenger to the established private and public cloud software stacks, its scalability and open-source nature has gradually relegated it to sectors such as telecom or to users with niche needs.

That doesn’t mean it’s a failure; China Mobile has reportedly run OpenStack on over six million CPU cores underpinning its 5G network, while the OpenStack cloud at CERN has over 300,000 cores to meet the requirements of the Large Hadron Collider.

Red Hat itself claims that its platform is one of the most widely deployed network function virtualization (NFV) frameworks among service providers, accounting for over 30 percent of paid LTE production deployments.

This update enables greater integration between Red Hat OpenStack and OpenShift, allowing operators to run both virtual network functions (VNFs) and cloud-native network functions (CNFs) in parallel on their network. This is made possible by a virtualized control plane on top of OpenShift, allowing cloud-native and virtual machines to work within the same infrastructure.

Another new feature in OpenStack Platform 17 is hardware offload support for SmartNICS to speed up features like security groups and cryptography. SmartNICs support is a feature added in the latest OpenStack version. yogabut OpenStack Platform 17 is based on the older 2021 Wallaby release, so Red Hat may have injected code from Yoga here.

Other updates include the delivery of Controller High Availability across multiple L2 networks (Multirack HA), as well as dynamic resource allocation and Director Lite provisioning, which Red Hat says allow for simplified deployment with fewer required services and a smaller footprint.

The new cephadm integration makes it easier to deploy and manage OpenStack Platform 17, Red Hat Ceph Storage 5, the latest iteration of the company’s software-defined object, block, and file storage system.

Also, workload migration and networking tools have been added to validate Open vSwitch (OVS) to OVN migration, and Red Hat says it now offers advanced lifecycle management to enable continuous feature updates.

“With the latest version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform integrated with Red Hat OpenShift, service providers can further enable use cases such as 5G core, edge deployments including hyper-converged infrastructure, networking, storage and compute, and open virtualized radio access networks. Red Hat’s OpenStack principal product manager, Maria Bracho, said in a statement.

This version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform requires the latest version of the company’s operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 Extended update support (EUS). OpenStack Platform 17 is available through the Red Hat Customer Portal for subscription organizations. ® Red Hat targets OpenStack Platform 17 release networks • The Register

Laura Coffey

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