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Red Hat Inc : Red Hat Delivers Enterprise-Grade Cloud Management for OpenStack

11/05/2013 | 10:31am EDT

Red Hat Extends Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Management Capabilities with CloudForms 3.0

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the next release of its cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. Based on a robust feature set stemming from Red Hat's acquisition of ManageIQ in 2012, this new release of CloudForms adds enterprise-grade cloud management capabilities for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform as well as enhanced management capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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.

"OpenStack-based cloud management solutions are increasingly viewed by Gartner clients as a means to mitigate risk of lock-in and expand vendor choice in private and hybrid cloud deployments," according to Gartner in its "2014 Planning Guide for Private Cloud, Data Center Modernization and Desktop Transformation," report published Oct. 13, 2013.

CloudForms 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' unique Adaptive Management Platform TM anchors powerful features to automate OpenStack and other cloud infrastructure platforms, including:

  • Seamless Self-service Portals that provide users with role-delegated, automated self-provisioning of catalog-driven IT services, with requisite request approvals and integration with enterprise service catalogs. Cloud Lifecycle Service Management spans from provisioning to retirement, with automatic aging, tracking and monitoring of services.
  • 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.
  • Unified Operations Management, offering 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.

CloudForms: Hybrid Cloud Management

Enterprises looking for ways to flexibly extend datacenter capacity and achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings are, in many cases, moving workloads to public clouds such as AWS. With CloudForms 3.0, enterprise users can now seamlessly view, request and deploy workloads in AWS from the same management framework they use to manage services in their private cloud and virtual infrastructures. CloudForms leverages AWS' capabilities for end-to-end lifecycle management of Amazon workloads, including abilities to:

  • Provision Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs) in a policy controlled manner, through enterprise defined self-service portals and service catalogs. State policies are enforced on source AMI's as well as instance placement into destination regions and availability zones. Identity and group affiliations also condition what can or cannot be provisioned per enterprise regulatory, business and IT rules.
  • Support Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), a logically isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud containing user defined virtual networks. Users can select authorized VPC/subnets to provision and run their workloads, which are managed by CloudForm's policies.
  • Integrate with Amazon's Identity and Access Management (IAM), which, together with CloudForm's Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and permissions, give enterprises complete control over provisioning and managing Amazon workloads and resources.
  • Track Amazon workload performance and usage, alerting administrators and users to performance thresholds.

CloudForms is also offered as part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive offering introduced in June 2013, designed to support organizations on their journey from traditional datacenter virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure combines Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for comprehensive open hybrid cloud enablement.

Availability

CloudForms 3.0 is generally available.

Supporting Quote

Bryan Che, general manager, Cloud, Red Hat

"With CloudForms 3.0, Red Hat continues to expand our open hybrid cloud solutions to include critical cloud management capabilities. Red Hat offers a comprehensive cloud portfolio to build private and public clouds including an enterprise-ready OpenStack for cloud infrastructure, Platform-as-a-Service with OpenShift by Red Hat, open software-defined storage with Red Hat Storage, and CloudForms for comprehensive hybrid cloud management."

Webcast

Red Hat's Bryan Che, general manager, Cloud, and Mike Werner, senior director, Global Ecosystems, will host a webcast to discuss today's announcements at 11 a.m. ET. Following remarks, press and analysts are invited to participate in a question and answer session.

To join the webcast or view a replay, visit: https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=17243.

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, taking a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at www.redhat.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company's growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Red Hat, the Shadowman logo, JBoss, and OpenShift are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds and OpenStack is a registered trademark of OpenStack, LLC.

The OpenStack® Word Mark and OpenStack Logo are either registered trademarks / service marks or trademarks / service marks of the OpenStack Foundation, in the United States and other countries and are used with the OpenStack Foundation's permission. We are not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by the OpenStack Foundation or the OpenStack community.

Red Hat, Inc.
Anna Eusebio, 919-754-4519
aeusebio@redhat.com


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