This Reference Architecture has been designed by Dell and Red Hat to help organizations to define, architect, and deploy a highly reliable, optimized, and scalable OpenStack cloud solution. This jointly-engineered and validated architecture details the Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution Version 5, and encompasses software, hardware, and integration of the solution components. With this architecture, Dell and Red Hat also provide the coordinated services and support that customers need to stand up production-ready OpenStack clusters.


This reference architecture is based on the OpenStack release codenamed Liberty, and the Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 (OSP8). The architecture provides prescriptive guidance and recommendations for:

  • Compute, Infrastructure, and Storage nodes
  • Networking design
  • Software layout
  • Various system configurations


In addition to this reference architecture guide, please see the Resources section of the Dell TechCenter cloud community for additional documents and technical guides that describe extensions and enhancements to the architecture.