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  May 15, 2017 11:19:39 AM

During the latest OpenStack Summit held last May 8-11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, Red Hat released its Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, which is the newest version of its agile and super-scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud.

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Expect the new cloud to be available in the next weeks through the Customer Portal of Red Hat and as a component of the Red Hat Cloud Suite solutions and Cloud Infrastructure. The new release isn't too far from the OpenStack "Ocata" release which was launched just this February and aimed for important networking and computing services to perform better and be more scalable with improved stability.

Platform 11 now delivers a more reliable cloud platform that's built on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) backbone: new networking capabilities, better Red Hat CloudForms integration for easier cloud management and continued support for upgrades with composable roles. The latest release also shows a more mature integration wit Red Hat Ceph Storage which was more of a tech-preview in the past. Ceph Storage is invaluable for disaster recovery as it enables storage mirroring to make data replication betweens sites simpler.

In-place upgrades are also now easily achieved with Ocata and the OpenStack Platform 11 allowing organizations to better customize their OpenStack deployments for their own needs. Moreover, individual deployments of OpenStack Services can be made allowing your DevOps team to place proxies, databases, node messaging services, or other components based on an enterprise's unique requirements. 

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As in the past, network-function virtualization (NFV) support is still an important OpenStack feature as OpenStack Platform 11 adds new capabilities that was brought for both extreme workloads seen in telecomms as well as the standard networking cases. OpenStack-based virtual machines (VM) can now send and receive VLAN encapsulated traffic while being deployed over Open vSwitch (OVS) or OVS Data Plane Development Kit (OVS-DPDK) as the platform gives full support for VLAN-aware VMs. Increased performance optimizations are also seen with additional telecom telecomms DPDK and OVS provider enhancements providing the latest features and functions.

OpenStack multiple domains, host aggregates and regions can now be controlled through Red Hat CloudForms integration giving a unified controller view of the cloud platform's efficiency and health. CloudForms can also make volume snapshot management functions and storage management has been enhanced.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11 will have one year support from Red Hat's global support team to help with upgrades and migrations as the release is covered by Red Hat's support lifecycle model.

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