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Red Hat to release CloudForms 3.1 update

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, previously 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

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