Red Hat has announced its new IaaS offering entitled CloudForms, which complements its PaaS solution, OpenShift. Based on a collection of over 60 open source projects, CloudForms offers users the ability to create hybrid public and private clouds, as well as offering a host of application lifecycle management capabilities.
According to Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat’s Vice President and General Manager of the cloud business:
“With CloudForms, Red Hat is changing what CIOs expect from private clouds. With its leadership in enterprise operating systems and middleware, Red Hat gives users an easier way to build hybrid clouds and manage what they really care about: applications. Red Hat CloudForms also lets them deploy and manage their applications on any type of server: physical, virtual and public cloud. This is very different than cloud products from virtualization-only vendors, which focus on managing virtual machines, not applications.”
What’s being offered?
Red Hat CloudForms provides organizations with:
- Automation and self-service that ensure elasticity and flexibility of cloud computing
- Comprehensive application lifecycle management that allows administrators to retain the ability to control and govern their application portfolio in the cloud
- Tools and capabilities that address key problems with first-generation cloud products (i.e. cost/complexity of virtual server sprawl, compliance difficulties, security concerns)
- Configuration and management of complex multi-tier applications, without the need to independently manage large numbers of virtual servers
- The ability to deploy, manage and move these applications between different clouds, virtualization environments and baremetal servers
In addition to these offerings, CloudForms also allows organizations to create hybrid clouds, using existing computing resources, including:
- Virtual servers from various vendors, including Red Hat and VMware
- A broad range of public clouds, from Red Hat Certified Cloud Providers, including Amazon, IBM and NTT Communications
- Traditional in-house or hosted physical servers, including high-density racks and blades
Red Hat CloudForms Beta
Currently, CloudForms was offered as a beta program. It’s anticipated that the full service will be available in Fall 2011.Red Hat had to close the first phase of the beta offering, as the interest and demand was too great. It intends to make the next phase of the beta program available shortly.
In the future, Red Hat intends to extend CloudForms to include a wide range of services that will extend application portability from one cloud to another, and include critical areas, such as storage abstraction, messaging and high availability.
“Cloud computing is still relatively early in rolling out, yet many enterprise and service provider organizations are ready to move ahead deploying more applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. Tools such as application lifecycle management, particularly resource management, for these new cloud computing environments are critical in moving efficiently to the clouds and once there, effectively managing cloud applications and resources.”
Lew Tucker, the Vice President and CTO, Cloud Computing at Cisco says: “Red Hat’s delivery of CloudForms is a game-changer for the industry. Red Hat CloudForms introduces a new level of openness and choice for application developers.”
This article takes a look at Red Hat’s latest IaaS offering, CloudForms, which complements its PaaS offering, OpenShift. Based on a collection of over 60 open source projects, CloudForms offers users the ability to create hybrid public and private clouds, as well as offering a host of application lifecycle management capabilities. While the IaaS offering is only currently available as a beta program, it is anticipated that CloudForms will be generally available in Fall 2011.
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