Together, Dell EMC and Red Hat, partners for more than 17 years, deliver a jointly engineered, deeply integrated, and fully-validated OpenStack cloud solution – The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform. See below on this page for a listing of all technical resources and documentation for this solution.

This solution delivers rapid and reliable business results:

  • It marries the innovation of the OpenStack community with fast automated deployment, highly reliable operations, and simplified management.
  • It has pre-designed scalability for growth, with independent scaling of compute and storage nodes.
  • It supports Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Containers as a Service (CaaS) to provide a complete range of cloud-based services.

The hallmarks of the solution include rapid automated deployment that allows you to respond faster to business and market demands, reliable operations that provide the stability and reliability your business demands, and simplified management that streamlines operations with easy-to-use interfaces.

To highlight some of the impressive automation and performance aspects* of the integrated solution:

  • Deployment automation tools can configure the hardware and software in just over an hour – consistently and reliably each time!
  • Powerful processing can launch 100 VMs in about 30 seconds! Launch 500 VMs in under 2 minutes!
  • Release 10.1, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G R-series rack servers, has been shown to have a 30% increase in performance and a 47% increase in scalability when compared to the previous Release 10 with analogous PowerEdge 13G R-series rack servers. 


The latest release is the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform Release 10.1, which is based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 (OSP 10) and supports Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G R-series servers. This release with OSp 10 uses OpenStack Newton, and delivers improved stability and scalability, simplified user interfaces with OSP Director, improved network performance and platform security, and role definition with composable services. This is also a "Long Life" release from Red Hat, with support available for up to 5 years.   

Release 10.1 of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G R-series rack servers, has been shown to have a 30% increase in performance and a 47% increase in scalability when compared to the previous Release 10 with analogous PowerEdge 13G R-series rack servers. (Based on Dell EMC internal benchmark testing, November 2017.) 


Overview Documents

These documents provide an overview of the solution and examples of some of the key enterprise use cases.

 Recently announced is a new reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.  Read the solution brief here.


Technical Resources

Numerous technical resources are available for Release 10.1 of the Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform.  In addition to the Architecture Guides, which are the primary documents for the solution, there are deployment guides, operational guides covering key procedures and best practices, and several Technical Guides that cover important extensions to the core architecture.

Architecture Guides:

Deployment Guides:

Operations Guide:

  • Operations Guide, which includes
  • Adding and Removing Compute and Storage Nodes
  • Updating PowerEdge Server BIOS and Firmware
  • Software Updates

Release Documentation:

Extensions – Solutions for Cloud Management, Containers, Cloud Native, and Hadoop Big Data Analytics*:

*These documents were issued with Release 10.0.1 and, while they have not yet been validated with Release 10.1, they should be fully applicable.

Documentation collections for recent prior releases can also be found on the Previous Releases page.


Additional information on containers, and how they are used with and complement OpenStack, can be found on the Container Compendium page on TechCenter.


Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)


OpenStack solutions for service providers, including Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are emerging as one of the largest and fastest growing applications of OpenStack, where OpenStack is employed as a highly efficient infrastructure platform for NFV, referred to as NFVi.


To learn more about Dell EMC Service Provider and NFV solutions please visit the TechCenter community for the Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for Red Hat.


Dell EMC and Red Hat Web Pages

  • More information and collateral on the Dell EMC Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution can be found at
  • Information on the Dell EMC and Red Hat Global Alliance can be found at and


Related Dell TechCenter, Dell4Enterprise, and Direct2DellEMC OpenStack Blogs

You can find additional information and insight in the following related blog posts (most recent first):


Ceph Standalone Storage Solutions

In addition to using Red Hat Ceph Storage as the storage backend of the Dell EMC Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution, Dell EMC offers several standalone software-defined storage solutions based on Red Hat Ceph, including the Dell EMC DSS 7000 Storage Server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server.  Find out more with the following resources:

DSS 7000 with Red Hat Ceph Storage 2:

Dell EMC DSS 7000 Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 Performance and Sizing Guide

Taking Open, Scale-out Object Storage to New Heights with the DSS 7000 Storage Server 

PowerEdge R730xd with Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.3.2:

Dell PowerEdge R730xd Red Hat Ceph Storage Performance and Sizing Guide


Core OpenStack Solution Components

The Dell EMC Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution includes core software, hardware, professional services, and support.

Core Software Components from Red Hat

The solution architecture is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 9, also known as the Mitaka release of OpenStack. This delivers both the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system and Red Hat OpenStack Platform in a single hardened and fully supported software distribution.  In the same manner Red Hat distributes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a packaged, tested, and supported software package sold as an annual software subscription.

Red Hat performs compatibility testing, code back-porting, code patches and updates. The result is a stable, reliable and secure enterprise operating environment.  An extensive library of proven software from partners ensures customer choice for complementary applications that match their requirements.

Core Hardware Components from Dell EMC

The solution architecture includes Dell EMC server, storage, and networking infrastructure, bundled and validated system configurations, and a complete bill of materials. The core configuration includes all the necessary components for a complete, validated solution.

Dell EMC PowerEdge server hardware delivers the latest Intel® Xeon® processor family, high-performance memory, and a broad range of local storage options, including the following (with additional options supported as well):

  • The Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 server, used for the compute and controller nodes, is a hyper-dense, two-socket, 1U rack server. With computing capability previously only seen in 2U servers, the PowerEdge R630 delivers an impressive solution for cloud infrastructure. Optional server configurations are discussed in the Reference Architecture Guide.
  • The Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd is an exceptionally flexible and scalable, two-socket 2U rack server. Designed with an incredible range of configurability, the PowerEdge R730xd meets the needs of many different workloads. Storage is built out in blocks of 3x PowerEdge R730xd servers that delivers high performance processing and a broad range of workload-optimized local storage possibilities, including hybrid tiering.

Network configuration and topology include ToR switch configurations that utilize the Dell Networking S3048 for 1 GbE and S4810 for 10 GbE, plus optional use of the S6000 for large scale multi-rack networking.

Dell EMC also delivers deployment automation for both the Dell EMC hardware and the Red Hat OSP software.

Red Hat and Dell EMC Professional Services

Jointly designed and coordinated services are provided to assist customers in the planning, deployment, training, and implementation, including:

  • Assessment and feasibility – available from both Red Hat and Dell EMC
  • Cloud solution consulting– available from both Red Hat and Dell EMC
  • Hardware deployment and configuration – provided by Dell EMC Enterprise Deployment Team
  • Network implementation – provided by Dell EMC Enterprise Deployment Team
  • Software deployment and configuration – provided by Red Hat professional services

Red Hat and Dell EMC Support

Together, Red Hat and Dell EMC deliver an enterprise lifecycle experience by providing stable releases of OpenStack code that is integrated with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, packaged together as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and fully certified on Dell EMC hardware platforms. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform support provides long-term stability that includes security fixes, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and selected OpenStack features that can be back-ported and implemented without disrupting production environments.

Customer support is provided via a collaborative model. Dell EMC ProSupport accepts all customer support calls, validates the request and determines if the issue is related to hardware or software. Dell EMC provides any necessary hardware repairs. If required, Dell EMC executes a warm hand off to Red Hat for L1, L2, L3 customer software issues. Red Hat engineers are experienced, and knowledgeable in Linux and OpenStack to resolve problems quickly.


*Based on DellEMC internal performance and benchmark testing, 2017.