Red Hat launches Cloud Forms

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the next step in its delivery of open hybrid cloud solutions to enterprises with the general availability of Red Hat CloudForms. CloudForms is an open hybrid cloud management platform built to enable enterprises to create and manage Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hybrid clouds with the ability to make self-service computing resources available to users in a managed, governed and secure way.

“The role of enterprise IT is evolving. There’s no doubt that end users want to help themselves to cloud-like compute resources, but the IT department still needs to centralise deployment, management and integration,” said Rachel Chalmers, vice president, Research, Infrastructure Management at 451 Research, a division of leading global analyst and data company The 451 Group.  “A platform like CloudForms makes it possible for organisations to build clouds that span their in-place infrastructure and expose it to a new generation of developers and end users, all without relinquishing control.”

CloudForms delivers the flexibility and agility businesses want with the control and governance that IT needs. Organisations can build a hybrid cloud that encompasses a wide variety of infrastructure, of many types, and from many vendors, using CloudForms and can also manage their cloud applications while avoiding vendor lock-in. With CloudForms, enterprises can build and manage an open enterprise hybrid cloud, providing infrastructure choice spanning across multiple virtualisation platforms and extending to public cloud resources, and can build and manage applications in their cloud, enabling enterprises to use their cloud for their workloads.

In comparison to other solutions on the market, CloudForms gives enterprises the ability to:

  • Provide end users with self-service capabilities, while satisfying IT administrators’ needs for control and governance.
  • Build and manage an open hybrid cloud by extending the capabilities provided in an on-premise cloud with the scale and features provided via a choice in trusted public clouds.
  • Deploy and manage applications across multiple virtualization technologies and the public cloud based on a single Application Blueprint and policy, reducing management complexity while maximizing infrastructure flexibility.
  • Use tools and software from a wide variety of vendors to easily integrate into existing infrastructure for access to a wide range of technologies, giving organisations choice and freedom from lock-in.

Red Hat provides a comprehensive infrastructure stack that includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat Storage, thousands of certified ISV applications, and now, Red Hat CloudForms to manage this stack in hybrid cloud environments.

“CloudForms enables enterprises to use infrastructure ranging from virtual to public cloud resources together in an open hybrid cloud architecture and is a game-changer for enterprises leveraging the power of the cloud,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat. “We recognize that for a complete open hybrid cloud, enterprises need more than just the management layer – they also need openness and portability across compute, data/services, programming models and applications. Red Hat is the only vendor that can deliver a portfolio of solutions to meets these needs, and we’ve further extended this today with the availability of a new cloud platform with groundbreaking features via CloudForms.”


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