Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, the latest version of its highly scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution.
More than 1,000 enhancements and new features will lay the foundation for enterprise and telco workloads from programmable IaaS for hybrid clouds, developer clouds and production clouds and cloud-native applications like network functions virtualization (NFV), edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
Built on the backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 is designed to help organizations deliver more innovation, more quickly and with fewer disruptions.
The latest version of the platform adds a refined long-life support lifecycle, comprehensive feature consolidation and a new commitment to delivering continuous community innovation as enterprise-ready features via stream releases.
The platform combines the OpenStack community releases of “Rocky”, “Stein” and “Train” along with the best of Red Hat OpenStack Platform versions 14 and 15.
With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, enterprises and telcos can more effectively transform their IT infrastructure into a more agile, efficient and innovative environment ready for the opportunities of a digital economy.
Modular by design, the platform optimizes IT operations for existing traditional applications while serving as the foundation for cloud-native application development and deployment.
Maximized, product-stable innovation in a single long-life release
Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16 is designed to help organizations standardize and remain on a single version of the platform for up to five years. This enables IT teams to more confidently deploy traditional and cloud-native workloads on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, gaining the flexibility, scalability and innovation of the hybrid cloud with the assurances of long-term enterprise-class support from Red Hat.
With the new long-life cadence of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, customers can have access to features faster than ever, without having to wait for complete platform upgrades – blending an organization’s need for a consistent platform with the open source community’s speed of innovation.
By building on a proven record of adding and backporting features to long-life releases, our customers can deliver innovation to their customers without compromise.
Integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Red Hat OpenStack Platform, combined with Red Hat’s leadership in enterprise Linux, provides a consistent experience across services, support, consumption models and life-cycle management, empowering IT teams to deliver the latest innovations with minimized risk.
In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, the platform’s life-cycle has been aligned with that of the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. With this alignment, the result is fewer platform updates which reduces the time spent testing and certifying applications – and simplifying day 2 operations.
Empowering customers and partners across industries
Hundreds of customers rely on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to power their hybrid and private clouds for a variety of deployments, including Rakuten Mobile Network; Public Health England; Turkcell; Massachusetts Open Cloud; O2 Slovakia; and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform is also backed by a robust ecosystem of partners for enterprise businesses including Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, NetApp, Nuage and NVIDIA, among others.
Joe Fernandes, vice president, Products, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat: “With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, we’ve updated the cadence of innovation to reflect the ability and desire of enterprise IT organizations to consume and deploy new releases.
“Now aligned with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, businesses can benefit from a more continuous stream of new features like edge computing and NFV without requiring a new version of the platform, helping organizations to innovate at the speed and scale that makes the most sense for their unique operations.”
Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Dell EMC Enterprise and Service Provider Strategy & Solutions: “Our collaboration with Red Hat continues to focus on addressing the growing needs of service providers for more agile and innovative environments.
“Working with Red Hat and the open source community, our combined OpenStack solutions provide a tested and validated infrastructure to help accelerate the deployment and simplify operations of 5G and network edge use cases.”