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Red Hat Announces the GA of OpenStack Platform 9

September 06, 2016

Red Hat has announced the general availability of its Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9. This is the latest release of the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform, which is used for deploying and managing private and public cloud and network functions virtualization environments.

OpenStack is the most widely deployed open source software for building public and private clouds. Nearly 600 companies and 38,000 individuals globally support the project.

“Now synonymous with private cloud computing, the OpenStack cloud framework likely would not exist, or at least would be incredibly different, without Linux,” noted a recent Red Hat blog. “It’s the scalability and flexibility of Linux that enables OpenStack to be so successful in bringing the benefits of private clouds to the enterprise, all while avoiding the lock-in that comes with a proprietary private cloud framework.”

The Red Hat OpenStack Platform is already in use a wide array of customers, including BBVA, Cambridge University, FICO, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paddy Power Betfair, Santander Bank, and Verizon. Ecosystem partners for this solution are Cisco, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Rackspace, and others.

Release 9 of the production-ready automated platform from Red Hat has been enhanced to be more secure and is based on the OpenStack Mitaka release. It is integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, and Red Hat CloudForms hybrid cloud management and monitoring.

OpenStack has seen very respectable uptake in a relatively short period of time, as discussed in the June issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

The Seventh OpenStack Foundation User Survey reported that 65 percent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, 33 percent more than a year ago, and that 97 percent of community members “standardizing on the same open platform and APIs that power a global network of public and private clouds” was one of their top five considerations in choosing OpenStack. The foundation surveyed more than 1,600 users representing 1,111 organizations.

Juniper Networks is the leading vendor in the OpenStack arena, according to the foundation.

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