Menu
Red Hat CloudForms commandeers OpenStack for the enterprise

Red Hat CloudForms commandeers OpenStack for the enterprise

CloudForms 3.0 offers a consolidated admin interface for managing usage of both OpenStack and Amazon Web Services

Can the OpenStack open-source private cloud software be tamed for enterprise use? Red Hat is trying: It is expanding its CloudForms management software to encompass Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack deployments.

The latest version of CloudForms, 3.0, also includes more support for managing workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

OpenStack is one of the "foundational pillars" of Red Hat's open hybrid cloud strategy and portfolio, according to product manager Bryan Che.

CloudForms provides a management interface for running cloud operations, either within the data center or from public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and those based on VMware vSphere.

Running as a virtual appliance, CloudForms allows users within an organization to provision their own cloud resources via a self-service portal. Behind the scenes it also manages the placement of workloads, enforces quotas, generates reports on usage and possible points of optimization, and runs clean-up operations after a computing task has been completed.

For OpenStack deployments, CloudForms can now manage cloud-based computational resources, from initial provisioning to retirement. Users can set up their own OpenStack instances, with CloudForms handling the approval process, if one is in place. It can provide charge-back reports so the appropriate business unit can be billed for usage.

For administrators, CloudForms provides a dashboard and reports on OpenStack usage across the organization. It will also provide tools for configuring OpenStack instances.

In addition to supporting OpenStack, CloudForms offers additional controls for AWS as well. It now allows administrators to apply usage policies to Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs) that are self-provisioned by users. It works with Amazon's Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage users and workloads.

CloudForms now also works with the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), allowing organizations to set up private networks within AWS. Additional tools have also been provided to track an organization's usage of AWS, and these tools can alert administrators when pre-defined thresholds have been reached.

In addition to being offered as a virtual appliance, CloudForms is also a component of the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, which also includes RHEV and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution with OpenStack.

In a recently published survey of its clients, IT research firm Gartner found that OpenStack is increasingly being viewed by organizations as an option to mitigate against being locked into proprietary cloud services.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags development platformscloud computinginternetRed HatInfrastructure services

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments