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Red Hat presented version 17 of the Red Hat OpenStack platform. The release integrates containers and VMs into a single cloud environment, allowing telecom operators to deploy additional services for 4G and 5G network environments.

According to Red Hat, RHOP 17 features new integration with its OpenShift, its container orchestration platform. This should improve the interoperability of both platforms. For instance, RHOP 17 features a virtualized control plane running on OpenShift. This allows users to simultaneously run Kubernetes-based containers and VMs in the same cloud environment.

Furthermore, the latest version of RHOP provides new functionality for running containers and VMs on bare metal. Other updates include hardware offload support for SmartNICS, the introduction of Red Hat Ceph Storage 5 and extended long-term update support.

Great for telcos

The latest version of RHOP is aimed at telecom operators. The platform allows them to deploy additional functionality, services and applications to 4G and 5G network environments. RHOP already provides hyper-converged infrastructure, networking, storage, computing and RAN features for telecom operators.

These include more virtual network functionality (VNF) and cloud-based network functionality (CNF) for connected telecom platforms. Furthermore, Red Hat introduced an open virtual network migration (OVN) tool that should make it easier to migrate between Open vSwitch (OVS) and Open Virtual Networks (OVM).


Lastly, RHOP 17 features role-based access control (RBAC) functionality that can be forced onto other OpenStack services to increase security. The release is available immediately.

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