Red Hat Launches OpenStack Platform 17.1 with Enhanced Security
VANCOUVER — At OpenInfra Summit here, Red Hat, announced the impending release of its OpenStack Platform 17.1. This release is the product of the company’s ongoing commitment to support telecoms as they build their next-generation 5G network infrastructures.
In addition to bridging existing 4G technologies with emerging 5G networks, the platform enables advanced use cases like 5G standalone (SA) core, open virtualized radio access networks (RAN), and network, storage, and compute functionalities, all with increased resilience. And, when it comes to telecoms, the name of the game is resilience. Without it, your phone won’t work, and that can’t happen.
Runs On OpenShift
The newest version of the OpenStack Platform runs on Red Hat OpenShift, the company’s Kubernetes distro. Under this, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4 or 9.2 runs. This means it can support logical volume management partitioning, and Domain Name System as a Service (DNSaaS).
The volume management partition enables short-lived snapshot and reverts functionalities. This enables service providers to revert back to a previous state during upgrades if something goes wrong. Of course, we all know that everything goes smoothly during updates and upgrades. Not.
This take on DNSaaS includes a framework for integration with Compute (Nova) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron) notifications, allowing auto-generated DNS records. In addition, DNSaaS includes integration support for Bind9.
Red Hat also announced improvements to the Open Virtual Networking (OVN) capabilities, Octavia load balancer, and virtual data path acceleration. These enhancements ensure higher network service quality and improved OVN migration time for large-scale deployments.
OpenStack Platform 17.1 continues its legacy of providing a secure and flexible private cloud built on open source foundations. This latest release offers role-based access control (RBAC), FIPS-140 (ISO/IEC 19790) compatibility, federation through OpenID Connect, and Fernet tokens, ensuring a safer, more controlled IT environment.
Looking ahead to the next version, Red Hat software engineers are working on making it much easier to upgrade its OpenStack distro from one version to the next. Historically, this has always been a major headache for all versions of OpenStack. Red Hat’s control plane-based approach, a year or so in the future, sounds very promising.