Red Hat Announces Management Tool for OpenStack Clouds

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, announced the next release of its cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. Based on features from Red Hat's acquisition of ManageIQ in 2012, the new release adds enterprise-grade cloud management capabilities for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform as well as enhanced management capabilities for Amazon Web Services.

“With CloudForms 3.0, Red Hat continues to expand our open hybrid cloud solutions to include critical cloud management capabilities,” said Bryan Che, general manager of cloud for Red Hat. This latest offering is targeted at both the deployment and management of public and private clouds based on OpenStack, he explained. The new offering also supports development of Platform-as-a-Service with Red Hat's OpenShift, which supports various developer tools and languages.

CloudForms already provided essential enterprise-level management and automation capabilities for various infrastructure platforms, such as VMware vSphere, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Amazon AWS. CloudForms 3.0 expands support of these features to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, providing cloud administrators and operators with both new capabilities for managing OpenStack as well as the ability to integrate OpenStack into existing environments through unified management.

CloudForms 3.0 also expands its support for AWS, enabling users to seamlessly manage workloads running in public clouds together with workloads in their private clouds. With CloudForms 3.0, organizations now have greater choice and flexibility in building both their private and hybrid clouds.

The toolset installs as a virtual appliance, enabling users to centrally manage and automate workload lifecycles through self-service provisioning and IT process workflows, assess capacity and utilization, enforce quotas, intelligent workload placement, and orchestrate post-provisioning operations.

CloudForms also incorporate advanced chargeback, quotas and metering, with detailed usage tracking by configurable classifications and support for multiple rates tables (fixed cost, allocation and usage) and reservation based chargeback.

Continuous Discovery and Insight from automatic, agent-free discovery of OpenStack instances and relationships and capacity and utilization, along with configuration tracking and drift comparison.

The new offering also incorporates unified operations management, based on multi-site federation that provides single-pane-of-glass visibility across cloud and virtual infrastructures, including runtime operations, service configuration, utilization, events, timelines, reports and customizable dashboard mash-ups.

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