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Red Hat unveils beta OpenStack build and CloudForms 3.0 management suite

06 Nov 2013
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Red Hat has unveiled a slew of cloud computing updates including a beta of the firm's OpenStack cloud build and a new version of its CloudForms management platform, plus a partnership on OpenStack implementation and integration services.

Announced at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, the updates demonstrate Red Hat's commitment to the open source cloud platform, and how development around OpenStack is proceeding at a rapid pace, the firm said.

Red Hat CloudForms 3.0, available now, builds on capabilities the firm gained through its acquisition of ManageIQ at the end of last year. It extends platform support from VMware vSphere, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation to cover Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack and enhanced capabilities for managing resources on Amazon AWS.

Operating as a virtual appliance, CloudForms 3.0 supports service portals to provide users with self-provisioning for catalogue-driven IT services, plus agent-free discovery and configuration tracking of OpenStack instances.

Meanwhile, the extended AWS support in CloudForms 3.0 enables users to seamlessly view, request and deploy workloads in AWS from the same management framework they operate to manage services in their private cloud, Red Hat said.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack 4.0, available as a beta, combines the latest Havana version of the OpenStack infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform with the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5.

As well as the new features in Havana, such as the Heat orchestration module and Neutron network layer that adds software defined networking (SDN) capabilities, the beta adds integration with CloudForms 3.0 and Red Hat's Storage Server 2.1. The Gluster-based scale-out storage platform can now be used to underpin OpenStack's Object Storage, Block Storage and Image Service modules.

Red Hat said that future releases of its OpenStack platform will come with OpenStack-M, an open source deployment and management solution built using existing OpenStack components. Announced as a preview, this is intended to provide a more comprehensive OpenStack management solution than proprietary offerings.

To drive OpenStack adoption, Red Hat announced a partnership with managed services provider and eNovance to deliver implementation and integration services to joint customers globally. As well as consulting and implementation services, the pair said they intend to create a joint reference architecture for enterprise use.

Red Hat also announced that its OpenShift platform as a service (Paas) offering is now available for user deployment on OpenStack via Heat.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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