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  1. OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) Strategy
  2. OCPSTRAT-1149

[Tech Preview] Add support for Alibaba Cloud with Assisted Installer with platform=none in OpenShift 4.16


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      Feature Overview (aka. Goal Summary)  

      An elevator pitch (value statement) that describes the Feature in a clear, concise way.  Complete during New status.

      • As an Alibaba Cloud customer, I want to create an OpenShift cluster with the Assisted Installer using the agnostic platform (platform=none) for connected deployments.

      Goals (aka. expected user outcomes)

      The observable functionality that the user now has as a result of receiving this feature. Include the anticipated primary user type/persona and which existing features, if any, will be expanded. Complete during New status.

      In order to remove IPI/UPI support for Alibaba Cloud in OpenShift (currently Tech Preview, see also OCPSTRAT-1042), we need to provide an alternate method for Alibaba Cloud customers to spin up an OpenShift cluster. To that end, we want customers to use Assisted Installer with platform=none (and later platform=external) to bring up their OpenShift clusters.

      • Stretch goal to do this with platform=external.
      • Note: We can TP with platform=none or platform=external, but for GA it must be with platform=external.
      • Document how to use this installation method

      Requirements (aka. Acceptance Criteria):

      A list of specific needs or objectives that a feature must deliver in order to be considered complete.  Be sure to include nonfunctional requirements such as security, reliability, performance, maintainability, scalability, usability, etc.  Initial completion during Refinement status.

      • Hybrid Cloud Console updated to reflect Alibaba Cloud installation with Assisted Installer (Tech Preview).
      • Documentation that tells customer how to use this install method
      • CI for this install method optional for OCP 4.16 (and will be addressed in the future)


      Anyone reviewing this Feature needs to know which deployment configurations that the Feature will apply to (or not) once it's been completed.  Describe specific needs (or indicate N/A) for each of the following deployment scenarios. For specific configurations that are out-of-scope for a given release, ensure you provide the OCPSTRAT (for the future to be supported configuration) as well.

      Deployment considerations List applicable specific needs (N/A = not applicable)
      Self-managed, managed, or both Self-managed
      Classic (standalone cluster) Classic
      Hosted control planes N/A
      Multi node, Compact (three node), or Single node (SNO), or all Multi-node
      Connected / Restricted Network Connected for OCP 4.16 (Future: restricted)
      Architectures, e.g. x86_x64, ARM (aarch64), IBM Power (ppc64le), and IBM Z (s390x) x86_x64
      Operator compatibility This should be the same for any operator on platform=none
      Backport needed (list applicable versions) OpenShift 4.16 onwards
      UI need (e.g. OpenShift Console, dynamic plugin, OCM) Hybrid Cloud Console changes needed
      Other (please specify)  

      Use Cases (Optional):

      Include use case diagrams, main success scenarios, alternative flow scenarios.  Initial completion during Refinement status.

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      Questions to Answer (Optional):

      Include a list of refinement / architectural questions that may need to be answered before coding can begin.  Initial completion during Refinement status.

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      Out of Scope

      High-level list of items that are out of scope.  Initial completion during Refinement status.

      • Restricted network deployments, i.e. As an Alibaba Cloud customer, I want to create an OpenShift cluster with the Agent-based Installer using the agnostic platform (platform=none) for restricted network deployments.


      Provide any additional context is needed to frame the feature.  Initial completion during Refinement status.

      For OpenShift 4.16, we want to remove IPI support (currently Tech Preview) for Alibaba Cloud support (OCPSTRAT-1042). Instead we want it to make it Assisted Installer (Tech Preview) with the agnostic platform for Alibaba Cloud in OpenShift 4.16 (OCPSTRAT-1149).

      Customer Considerations

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      Documentation Considerations

      Provide information that needs to be considered and planned so that documentation will meet customer needs.  If the feature extends existing functionality, provide a link to its current documentation. Initial completion during Refinement status.

      Previous UPI-based installation doc: Alibaba Cloud Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 Deployment Guide

      Interoperability Considerations

      Which other projects, including ROSA/OSD/ARO, and versions in our portfolio does this feature impact?  What interoperability test scenarios should be factored by the layered products?  Initial completion during Refinement status.

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            julim Ju Lim
            julim Ju Lim
            Bo Teng (Inactive), David Taylor, Fabiano Franz, He Zhu, James Liu, Joseph Callen, Julio Faerman, liat gamliel, Oved Ourfali, Ramon Acedo, Richard Vanderpool, Tushar Katarki
            Julio Faerman Julio Faerman
            Jianwei Hou Jianwei Hou
            Stephanie Stout Stephanie Stout
            Fabiano Franz Fabiano Franz
            Ju Lim Ju Lim
            Eric Rich Eric Rich
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