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Red Hat to release CloudForms 3.1 update

Coman Hamilton

Red Hat has announced a number of new features to be added to its open hybrid cloud management solution in September

Red Hat has announced an updated version of its open
hybrid cloud management solution, CloudForms. Scheduled to be
released in September this year, the upcoming update will be adding
an improved automation for more efficiency as well as a new set of
REST APIs and new management features.

What to expect in 3.1

Red Hat claims the latest version will make it easier
for a user to streamline his or her workflow execution and domain
automation sequences thanks to an enhanced automation. Version 3.1
will also improve the integration capabilities with a new set of
REST APIs that enable support for integration into other systems
and tools. Finally, the UX has been reworked and enhanced with
import/export functions and UI wizards to help make the interface
easier and more efficient to use.

Cloud platform enhancements

The latest release brings new potential for teams
using AWS and OpenStack. AWS users can look forward to VPC support
and service catalogue integration for elastic load balancing,
storage and relational database service. The upcoming version will
also add agent-free discovery and analysis of the OpenStack Image
Service, as well as several other nuggets for OpenStack users.

CloudForms enables enterprises to rapidly build and
efficiently manage private and hybrid clouds,” says Red Hat’s
general manager of cloud, Joseph Fitzgerald, commenting on the
announcement of the forthcoming update. “With CloudForms 3.1
enterprises can better leverage their existing infrastructures
together with public clouds, as well as build and manage innovative
new private clouds built on OpenStack.”

Back when CloudForms first entered the stratosphere of
IaaS cloud solutions
in 2012
, Bryan Che, Red Hat’s Director of Project Management,
bemoaned to JAXenter
that “traditional IaaS products focus on
resource management on top of a narrow set of virtualization and
public cloud providers.“ The Red Hat project is trying to set
itself aside with a broader-than-usual combination of
infrastructure services, management tools and comprehensive
resource management.

One of the major benefits to Red Hat’s cloud offering is its
hybrid approach. Somewhere in between the private and public cloud,
with a combination of features from both, hybrid clouds allow
enterprises to use on-premise cloud data with public clouds like
AWS and RackSpace.

Coman Hamilton
Before becoming Editor of (S&S Media Group), Coman completed an M.A. in Cultural Studies and wrote for numerous websites and magazines, as well as several ad agencies. // Want to submit a story? Get me at coman[AT] or
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