Integrating Red Hat OpenStack 9 Cinder Service With Multiple External Red Hat Ceph Storage Clusters

This post describes how to manually integrate Red Hat OpenStack 9 (RHOSP9) Cinder service with multiple pre-existing external Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 (RHCS2) clusters. The final configuration goals are to have Cinder configuration with multiple storage backends and support for creating volumes in either backend.

This post will not cover the initial deployment of OpenStack Cinder or the Ceph clusters.

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Logging in Open vSwitch

Open vSwitch (OVS) is a virtual switch used in production from small to large scale deployments. It is designed to provide network automation along with support for a number of management interfaces and protocols.

However, the developer or the administrator might need to understand more of what is going on under the hoods and OVS does a good job providing a very good logging facility which is the subject of this article.

Editor’s note: Red Hat Knowledgebase – “What Red Hat products provide support for Open vSwitch?

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Using Jenkins in the Red Hat CI/CD Ecosystem

The last 4-5 years have seen the debut of many new software products specifically targeting both infrastructure services and IT automation. The consumerization of IT has caused its architects to take a fresh look at their existing, often times monolithic apps and IT infrastructure and asking: Can we do better? How do I keep IT relevant? How do I keep track of all these VMs and data? How do I scale out my IT environment without a huge budget increase or physical buildout? How do I develop and get bits to production faster and with higher quality?

These organizations are looking to evolve their development and deployment processes to be more agile and accelerate time-to-market. They are trying to embrace things like DevOps and Continuous Deployment to do that. They are breaking monolithic apps out into microservices that can be independently updated, with a focus on speed and agility, so their apps can be more reactive to changes in their business. They are evolving from traditional virtualization to public and private cloud deployments.

There are strong parallels between the way open source communities produce great software and how IT orgs build and deliver great software and services. Red Hat, a recognized pioneer in open source, is using its deep experience in open source to build products that support microservice-oriented, DevOps-embracing, container and cloud-centric IT shops.

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Shouldn’t Software Governance Practices be more Descriptive than Prescriptive?

Compass-Rose-BWIn the current world of DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Microservices, and PaaS many organizations want to know how Software Governance practices and requirements fit.  Some of this comes from a regulatory perspective, ensuring compliance (e.g HIPAA/PHI, SOX, PCI) and auditing requirements are met.  Another perspective focuses on existing technology standards, design practices, and application architecture.  At the same time developers and teams are being told to be more agile, adaptable, and self-directed.  How do we achieve the latter while mitigating the risks associated with the former?

I would argue that a “Descriptive” approach to Software Governance is required.  In my perfect world, Solution Architectures are monitored for exception as they progress through the delivery process.  The technical underpinnings of systems, in terms of infrastructure and software, are “described” in code and configuration that can be easily audited against established policies.  The runtime implementation of a particular solution is then transparent to all interested parties.  In many ways, this is just an extension of Open Source practices to the delivered solutions and systems themselves.

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webinar: Hybrid cloud, OpenStack, containers – what are you thinking about in 2015?

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Compass-Rose-BW“Hybrid IT is becoming the “new normal,” and open source use is on the rise in today’s enterprise landscape. Containers are taking on a bigger role, and new, innovative management solutions are becoming a requirement. Join the Red Hat® virtual event to learn about the top technology trends that will affect the way you build and deploy infrastructure and applications in 2015 and beyond.

“As part of this discussion, IDC vice president Mary Johnson Turner will reveal new research on how hybrid clouds and new application architectures will change management across increasingly complex IT environments.

“We’ll discuss how:


Repost | Red Hat Announces General Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

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“Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5, the third enterprise release of Red Hat’s OpenStack offering, designed to serve as the foundation for building OpenStack-powered clouds for advanced cloud users, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers (ISPs), and public cloud hosting providers.

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Red Hat Provides Zanata Translation Support For OpenStack Project

You’ve probably already heard of OpenStack, the cloud operating system, where Red Hat is the top company contributor to the project. What you may not know is that Red Hat engineers develop an open source translation management platform called Zanata.

When Carlos Munoz from the Red Hat Zanata team heard that OpenStack localization (l10n) team were looking for a new alternative to their current translation platform, he went to the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta to introduce Zanata.

Read on for Carlos’ account of how Red Hat supports the OpenStack project in a somewhat special way.

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