With OpenStack evolving so quickly, a key challenge is how to take advantage of the robust and vibrant options for customization from the OpenStack community without creating unnecessary complexity, and forcing customers into a locked-down platform. Our co-engineering work with Red Hat and others solves this dilemma with the release of Dell Red Hat OpenStack cloud solution V 5.0.  

Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution V 5.0 brings together a core architecture with selected extensions creating an adaptive infrastructure that integrates the best innovations from the OpenStack community with proven Dell and Red Hat platforms. The extensions are thoroughly validated, just like the core architecture, to ensure a consistent seamless cloud environment that just works.

Today we offer the following validated extensions:

  • Software defined networking via Midokura Enterprise Midonet (MEM) - MEM is an award-winning network virtualization solution designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds. The technology offers an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, by decoupling the IaaS cloud from the network hardware.  Given its open source roots, MEM is an ideal extension for OpenStack and is fully supported by Midokura. We are pleased to welcome Midokura as value added enhancement to the Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution. Learn more in this Dell Midokura Technical Guide
  • Expanded multi-rack networking with Dell Network S6000 switches - this option enables large scale networking with Dell Networking S600 switches. S6000 leverages a non-blocking switching architecture, delivers line-rate L2 and L3 forwarding capacity, and provides up to 96 ports of 10Gbe, and eight additional ports of 40Gbe. Learn more in this Dell Technical Guide.
  • Core Architecture compute expansion - One of the common needs in a cloud platform is to add compute capacity for performance improvements or to simply grow resources. Our architecture supports adding individual Dell PowerEdge R430/R630/R730 nodes to an existing Dell Red Hat OpenStack cloud cluster. Learn more in the Dell Technical Guide.
  • Core Architecture storage expansion – expanding storage capacity is also a common need in cloud environments. In the Dell Red Hat OpenStack solution, CEPH storage is easily expanded by the addition of Dell PowerEdge R730xd storage node to an existing cluster. Note: expansion of storage and compute is designed for flexibility - compute and storage can be added independently in any combination based on the physical rack space available. Learn more in the Dell Technical Guide.
  • Tempest test node – verifying your OpenStack deployment can be accomplished with the Tempest test battery. Dell provides specific guidance for successfully executing Tempest testing against the Dell Red Hat cloud solution including ensuring the cleanup process executes successfully.  Learn more in the Dell Technical Guide.

With our core architecture plus validated extension approach, we are embracing and enhancing the openness and flexibility of OpenStack. Each validated extension is supported with documented guidance for implementation and this documentation is freely available here on the Dell Tech Center community web site. We are looking forward to expanding this portfolio of innovative extensions to our core architecture as new capabilities in OpenStack become ready for deployment in the enterprise.