Red Hat OpenStack Tightens Up OpenShift Kubernetes Integration

Red Hat has launched Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2, an update to Red Hat’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform that provides closer integration with the company’s OpenShift Kubernetes container system.

The new integration will allow users of both platforms to run VM-based and container-based applications in parallel with enhanced network capacity, security features, storage and performance, Red Hat said on Oct. 13. OpenStack 16.2 is available through the Red Hat Customer Portal through a Red Hat subscription.

Specific capabilities in OpenStack 16.2 include:

  • Flexibility to run VMs and cloud-native applications in parallel. “Bare metal” performance is offered through integration with OpenShift.
  • An extended lifecycle that enables continuous feature updates without interruption or potential downtime.
  • New hardware options, including scalable Intel Xeon processors. Users can build hybrid clouds in a way that suits them, from core architecture to hardware offloading with smartNICs.
  • Storage has been made easier by merging different vendors and sizes.
  • For edge connectivity and application availability, availability zone awareness is provided through Open Virtual Networking (OVN). Operators can set up nodes in groups based on geographic location, power sources, and potential downtime.

In other Red Hat developments on October 13:

  • The Red Hat build of the Quarkus Kubernetes native Java framework adds continuous testing and a new CLI, eliminating the need for Gradle and Maven commands. The GUI has also been updated, with visual representations of extensions and documentation, and REST endpoints. New developer services, meanwhile, automatically connect popular databases, message queues, and more to applications as they’re developed.
  • Red Hat OpenShift 4.9 and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.4 were unveiled to help ensure consistency across hybrid cloud networks. Single-node OpenShift is marked for a small Kubernetes cluster. Previous OpenShift topologies included three-node clusters and remote worker nodes.

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