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Red Hat Prepares for OpenStack Newton Improvements

The next major milestone release of OpenStack, dubbed "Newton," is currently scheduled to debut the week of October 3. While the release is not yet finalized, product teams at Red Hat already have a grip on what they see as the big improvements that OpenStack Newton will bring.

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat, is specifically looking at how OpenStack Newton features will impact Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 in 2017, Red Hat and OpenStack Newtonwhich will be based on Newton. Among the OpenStack Newton improvements highlighted by Balakrish nan are several on the management side.

"With continued focus on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director orchestration tool, we’re focused on improved usability, GUI advancement, automated upgrades, and new role functionality," Balakrishnan told ServerWatch.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform director is based on the OpenStack project TripleO, which is an abbreviation for "OpenStack-On-OpenStack."

Beyond management, Balakrishnan is also looking forward to performance enhancements in the OpenStack Newton release.

"As we continuously strive for improved performance, this release is focusing on improving High Availability (HA) and overall network performance improvements, helping telcos with virtualized network functions (VNF)," Balakrishnan said.

Security is also part of the OpenStack Newton mix for Balakrishnan. He commented that Red Hat recognizes the importance of continued security enhancements for its customers. As such, Red Hat is looking at improving storage encryption and new authentication token support.

"Along with the feature/functionality improvements included with upstream Newton, we’re also focusing on improvements in Ironic for bare metal deployments, improvements in storage, and adding new operational tools," Balakrishnan added.

More on Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10

Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOSP9) was released on August 31 and was based on the OpenStack Mitaka milestone.

For RHOSP10, which will be based on OpenStack Newton, Balakrishnan notes that Red Hat will continue to expand RHOSP's extensibility, including third-party and partner-integrated solutions.

"We'll also be updating our Ceph implementation to include the latest versions, plus a couple possible technology previews of advanced integrations," Balakrishnan said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

This article was originally published on September 19, 2016
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