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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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Repost: Red Hat Introduces Cloud Management Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

“Red Hat today announced a new cloud management certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform as part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, the world’s largest commercial ecosystem for OpenStack. Red Hat will enable cloud management solutions from partners to interoperate with and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The certification offers customers confidence that their OpenStack-based clouds and management solutions have been fully tested together and are supported jointly by Red Hat and the participating companies.”

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Repost: Red Hat to Acquire eNovance, a Leader in OpenStack Integration Services

Red Hat today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eNovance, a leading provider of open source cloud computing services. Combined with Red Hat’s existing leadership in OpenStack, the addition of eNovance’s systems integration capabilities and engineering talent is aimed at meeting growing demand for enterprise OpenStack consulting, design and deployment.

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Red Hat and Hortonworks Alliance – lots for developers

Announcement:  “Hortonworks and Red Hat Deepen Strategic Alliance”

Here are some highlights from Monday’s announcement:

“Immediate initiatives that are included in the expanded Hortonworks and Red Hat strategic alliance include

  • “Data architects will be able to combine data in a single, scalable open source repository. Available in beta software version, the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) combined with Red Hat Storage provides a secure and resilient general-purpose storage pool with multiple interfaces, including Hadoop, POSIX and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). This can improve flexibility and speed the development and deployment of new and existing analytic workflows.

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Deployment to Upgrade: Puppet OpenStack Modules Are Your Friends

Since the announcement of RDO and Red Hat OpenStack at the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit, these have arguably become two of the most popular ways to install OpenStack. Both use the puppet-openstack modules to install OpenStack, and are just a sampling of the OpenStack installers that are based on Puppet.

While the modules were created here at Puppet Labs, earlier this year we released them to the community as a set of projects in Stackforge. The vibrant community of contributors who keep making the modules more awesome continues to grow.

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Top Red Hat Developer News of 2013

Red Hat brought a LOT of new and excellent application development products and capabilities during 2013, so I thought I would assemble this list for you here in case you missed any.  Note that this is not a complete list (and comment if I missed something that you feel should be mentioned), and by the way, it is listed in random order.

Red Hat Software Collections general availability.  Yes, I will list this first as it’s my personal favorite as I started working on this two years prior as part of a project initially called Robbin, a moniker cleverly coined by Brian Gollaher, our RHEL developer tools product manager.  (We learned that people would be distracted if we gave it a name too soon in the planning phase – so they needed to agree on the definition first.  Then we could name it.  Our temporary offices were on Robbins Road then.)  At the time, we all understood the gap that we were trying to address, but it took some time to define it for enterprise use cases and then get some engineering resources (thank you, Denise Dumas).  So now here we are and we’re getting great feedback.  I can’t wait to share news on the next release!  😉

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Managing OpenStack with The Foreman

OpenStack is picking up a lot of steam these days, but getting it installed can be a hassle. Lots of puppet-based installers have popped up to automate this arduous task. Using Foreman, however, administrators can not only configure and install OpenStack using puppet, but provision & add new compute nodes at their fancy.

The Foreman is a Ruby on Rails application that does configuration management with puppet and provisioning. We’ll use both of these features to make using & administering OpenStack easier. Our installer leverages PackStack, which includes great puppet modules for setting up OpenStack. Combining these to setup and manage OpenStack Grizzly is a breeze!

Requirements

  1. At least three machines running RHEL 6.4 with an active subscription to RHEL OpenStack Platform or Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure.. We recommend your OpenStack Compute & Controller nodes run on bare metal.
  2. Each machine needs to have a resolvable FQDN
  3. Each machine needs to be subscribed to a proper RHEL subscription
  4. The Foreman server should have its firewall configured to allow inbound network traffic on TCP ports 80, 443 and 8140 for Foreman and Puppet to function correctly
  5. The host running Foreman may be running selinux in Enforcing mode, but you must first install the ruby193-foreman-selinux package. Both the OpenStack controller and compute nodes can also run in enforcing mode if you install the openstack-selinux package. You must also manually set a boolean on the controller node: setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect on

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