OpenShift Assisted Installer is now Generally Available
May 10, 2022 | by
Ramon Acedo Rodriguez and Rom Freiman
We are pleased to announce the general availability (GA) of the OpenShift Assisted Installer for OpenShift.
While clusters deployed with the OpenShift Assisted Installer have been and are supported, the hosted Assisted Installer itself has been a Technology Preview, until now.
What’s the OpenShift Assisted Installer?
OpenShift Assisted Installer provides an easy way to install OpenShift on your nodes from the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console. The installer is a managed service to install OpenShift clusters on bare metal (though not restricted to). It doesn’t require a bootstrap node and it doesn’t need you to pre-install Red Hat CoreOS on your nodes before installing the cluster, you just add your cluster’s information to the web UI and boot your nodes with a provided ISO image (see demo below).
It has been available for a number of releases as a Technology Preview and during this time we have received great user feedback. Adoption and number of clusters deployed continue to grow daily.
OpenShift Assisted Installer features
We have written blog posts about using Assisted Installer. Today, we’d like to highlight some of the features you will find in the GA release. In the process to GA and through all the releases, we have added many features, fixes, and enhancements. Here’s a list of features you can now experience as part of the general availability.
Full stack automation
Hosted at Openshift Cloud Manager at cloud.redhat.com
Simple web UI-based flow
REST API - fully api driven
Progress monitor and error handling
Cluster-managed built-in load balancer and internal DNS
Multiple OpenShift topologies
3-node compact clusters
Single-node OpenShift clusters
Standard multi-node clusters
No dedicated bootstrap node needed
No DHCP hostname allocation
Host call home model (simplified network model)
Minimum host requirements
Network connectivity/address matrix
Auto CIDR generation (based on available networks)
Auto node role assignment
All OpenShift cluster topologies
OpenShift SDN and OVN network types
IPv6/IPv4 Dual-stack via API
Deploy Multiple OCP releases
OpenShift on ARM
Integration with OpenShift Data Foundation
Integration with vSphere platform (Technology Preview)
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