I spent the last decade working with virtualization platforms and the certifications and accreditation’s that go along with them. During this time, I thought I understood what it meant to run an efficient data center. After six months of working with Red Hat CloudForms, a Cloud Management Platform (CMP), I now wonder what was I thinking. I encountered every one of the problems below, each are preventable with the right solution. Remember, we live in the 21st century–shouldn’t the software that we use act like it?
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In this short video, we specifically look at service management within Red Hat CloudForms. The demonstration highlights the following platform capabilities:
- Self-Service portal with lifecycle, operations management and reporting
- Service Catalog presented to end-user consumers
- Service Definition, built as stand-alone, or from service composites
- Life-cycle status monitoring and notifications
- Usage consumption and chargeback reports
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The big news today is the launch of CloudForms 4.2. This release represents months of work and over 1,800 improvements to the CloudForms code base. We’ve highlighted some of the main features of this release below.
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One side effect of quick and easy provisioning of virtual machines (VMs) is VM sprawl. To keep the number of VMs manageable, administrators set retirement dates to automatically retire the VM and free the hardware resources.
The risk with setting a retirement date is that the VM owner may not know (or may forget) that an active VM will be automatically retired. CloudForms has the ability to warn the VM owner that retirement of a VM is approaching. Customers want to be able to send multiple retirement warning emails to the VM owner. This can be achieved by modifying the retirement email methods in the Automate model.
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With VMworld 2016 US event just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to look at some of the new features introduced in the ManageIQ community related to our support for VMware.
ManageIQ is the open source project behind Red Hat CloudForms. The latest product features are implemented in the upstream community first, before eventually making it downstream into Red Hat CloudForms. This process is similar for all Red Hat products. For example, Fedora is the upstream project for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and follows the same upstream-first development model.
In this article, we look at the recent development of a vCloud provider in ManageIQ. VMware vCloud becomes the latest addition to the list of supported public cloud providers, joining Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack.
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The VMworld 2016 US event is approaching and Red Hat will be there to showcase our Management portfolio. This includes Red Hat CloudForms which provides unified management for container, virtual, private, and public cloud infrastructures.
With this in mind, we thought it would be a good time to recap how easy it is to deploy Red Hat CloudForms in a VMware virtualized environment. Deploying CloudForms for VMware is very straightforward and consists of three steps to get to an implemented solution that gives full visibility of your VMware infrastructure.
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The recent discovery of a protocol flaw on Samba server (see CVE-2016-2118) raises once again the question of managing security and compliance of systems. How can we identify easily which systems are affected? And, how can we validate that these environments are correctly patched?
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As you have probably noticed by now, the attack on OpenSSL known as DROWN – Decrypting RSA using Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption has recently been discovered. Red Hat Product Security have provided patches for OpenSSL and recommend to apply them to affected systems.
In this post, we will discuss how Red Hat CloudForms and ManageIQ can assist in identifying environments at risk of the DROWN OpenSSL cross-protocol vulnerability. In addition, CloudForms can audit your environments and validate that the patches have been applied.
How can Red Hat CloudForms help?
CloudForms provides a policy based compliance check which can be used to verify software and configuration of servers and validate security requirements. These policies are created as a combination of an event, a condition and an action, and use a scope (usually set to infrastructure or guests) to determine if the policy needs to run. Additional information on using policies can be found in the product documentation: Defining policies and profiles.
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