Red Hat has added a significant number of new features to its CloudForms hybrid cloud management solution. Based on the open source ManageIQ project the new RedHat supported solution adds support for Microsoft’s Azure public cloud, as well as enhanced support for containers. Speaking to CCI, Red Hat’s General Manager, Cloud Management Strategy Alessandro Perilli, called the new version a “massive release” aimed at allowing businesses to be able to take different workloads and “scale them up and scale them out on to different platforms.” As Perilli points out the problem with current cloud solutions is it’s a massive managerial challenge and usually involves working on “3-4 different platforms each, with its own management console creating silos of management.” With CloudForms the aim is to allow businesses to use a “single pain of glass” to build and manage the bi-modal, stand-alone and hybrid solutions on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) layer and on premise.
The support for Azure comes on top of previous versions support for OpenStack and AWS and according to Perilli is the result of strong demand from Red Hat customers to add the public cloud solution, and also follows on from the Red Hat and Microsoft's recent partnership announcement.
Likewise the support for containers also follows requests from customers to get a “greater visibility” into their containers, although this is limited to support for Kubernetes based containers including workloads running in OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat and the infrastructure hosting OpenShift.
Additionally CloudForms also gets an improved dashboard, and charts within CloudForms enable users to better see the relationships between different cloud platforms and container hosts running in production.
Red Hat CloudForms now has support for: Amazon Web Services; Hyper-V; Microsoft Azure; OpenShift by Red Hat; OpenStack; Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and VMware.
Red Hat CloudForms 4 is the third release based on ManageIQ and since the last release the community has added new contributors including: Booz Allen Hamilton, who contributed code to integrate Project Jellyfish, its open source cloud broker. Nuage Networks, who is building a provider for CloudForms to manage software-defined networking (SDN), for inclusion in a future CloudForms release, and Produban, the IT organization of Grupo Santander, which is contributing improved chargeback and billing support to the ManageIQ project.