Red Hat announced CloudForms, a new IAAS solution for creating and managing private and hybrid clouds.
announced a sweeping cloud-computing initiative that includes a new offering
for creating and managing cloud environments, as well as a new platform for
developers using open-source technology to create cloud applications.
At its Red Hat Summit
in Boston, the company announced the beta of Red Hat CloudForms, a
product for creating and managing IAAS (infrastructure as a service) private
and hybrid clouds. Red Hat also announced OpenShift, a PAAS (platform as a
service) for developers who build on open source. CloudForms incorporates both ALM
(application lifecycle management) and the ability to create integrated clouds
from a range of computing resources with portability across physical, virtual
and cloud-computing resources.
During a May 4
press conference, Bryan Che, senior director of product management and
marketing at Red Hat, said CloudForms leverages Red Hat's technology and expertise
of more than a decade of powering the mission-critical infrastructure and
applications for some of the world's most demanding organizations.
incorporating ALM capability, Red Hat CloudForms enables organizations to
benefit from the elasticity and flexibility of cloud computing while retaining
the ability to control and govern their application portfolio in the cloud.
CloudForms addresses key problems encountered in first-generation cloud
products: the cost and complexity of virtual server sprawl, compliance
nightmares and security concerns, Che said. It also allows users to more easily
configure and manage complex multi-tier applications, rather than having to
independently manage large numbers of virtual servers. Once defined, these
applications can be deployed, managed and moved between different clouds,
virtualization environments and bare metal servers.
Hat said the applications can be more quickly modified for time-critical
security fixes, application updates or configuration changes. And
compliance and security problems associated with clouds are substantially
reduced because administrators know and control the applications, their
configurations and where they are allowed to execute.
officials said another benefit of Red Hat CloudForms is the ability to create
hybrid clouds using existing computing resources, including virtual servers,
from many different vendors, such as Red Hat and VMware; a range of public clouds
from Red Hat Certified Cloud Providers such as Amazon, IBM and NTT
Communications; and traditional in-house or hosted physical servers, including
high-density racks and blades.
CloudForms, Red Hat is changing what CIOs expect from private clouds," Scott
Crenshaw, vice president and general manager of the cloud business at Red Hat, said
in a statement. "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, thus creating significant new complexity and costs. By
allowing users to manage applications, not just VMs, Red Hat makes the promise
of cloud real, by reducing management complexity and increasing IT agility and
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," said Jay Lyman, senior
analyst at The 451 Group, in a statement. "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."
officials said CloudForms builds on the success of Red Hat Cloud Foundations,
which the company announced at the Red Hat Summit in 2010. Red Hat plans
to extend CloudForms to include a range of services to extend application portability
from one cloud to another, including areas such as storage abstraction,
messaging and high availability. Though Red Hat released CloudForms in
beta at the summit, it is expected to be generally available later in 2011.
Hat's delivery of CloudForms is a game-changer for the industry," Lew
Tucker, vice president and chief technology officer for cloud computing at
Cisco, said in a statement. "Red Hat CloudForms introduces a new
level of openness and choice for application developers. Cisco is excited
to continue our collaboration with Red Hat to drive innovation in the
and Intel have a long history of contributing to open source and open standards,
and we're pleased to be collaborating on CloudForms to make it easier to deploy
infrastructure as a service," Jason Waxman, general manager of high-density
computing at Intel, said in a statement. "Intel is committed to delivering
the features in Intel Xeon processors to support the most performance and
energy efficiency for CloudForms Cloud and System Engines while facilitating
deployment through the Intel Cloud Builders program."
interested in signing up for the beta can go to http://www.redhat.com/cloudforms/beta