Cloud Forms 4.0: Inventory Performance Improvements for VMware Providers

Overview

Of the many improvements and feature enhancements made to Cloud Forms 4.0, one focus was on performance and scalability. One of the first tasks a Cloud Forms Administrator performs while managing a Hybrid cloud is inventory of the environment. Also known as refresh, this task is essential to managing various environments and provides valuable information on every object within the Cloud Forms VMDB.

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Red Hat CloudForms 4.0 Public Beta 2

Thought I would write a blog about CloudForms 4.0, which I am the Product Manager for. I am mega proud and thankful of the engineering effort in the community and at Red Hat. Here are some insights into whats in the drop, whats coming for General Release in early December.

If you have been keeping up-to-date with the ManageIQ sprints on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/ManageIQVideo) you would have seen some mega additions to the platform, also the community has a changelog for their Capablanca release that serves as the base for Red Hat CloudForms 4.0 here https://github.com/ManageIQ/manageiq/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md

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Red Hat Summit CloudForms Roadmap

Here is the 2nd session I performed at Red Hat summit, the CloudForms Roadmap.

Now, half of the deck contains the current 3.2 functionality, and is clearly labelled NOW, reason for this was because the amount of features we delivered in 3.2 and it GA’d only last week we felt it prudent to review that. After that section is the FUTURES, which has all the exciting stuff we are working on.

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Red Hat Summit OpenStack Management with CloudForms

Here are my slides from Red Hat Summit, its a repeat of the OpenStack Summit presentation with two important things!

  1. The videos are now all up individually on youtube.
  2. It now includes the Heat/Cloudformations orchestration demonstration.

Here are the slides, the videos can be found in links after each relevant slide. Enjoy!

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OpenStack Summit 2015

Today, Wednesday 20th May 2015 I presented the following deck to OpenStack Summit @ Vancouver. Its all ManageIQ branded, e.g. the upstream to Red Hat CloudForms. The videos have NO audio as I spoke over, if I get the audio sometime I will update! UPDATED…… you can watch the OpenStack show video of the presentation – HERE

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RESTapi – A teach yourself lab!

Here is a lab I put together for a recent event, it was well received and I think it is very valuable to the ManageIQ and CloudForms user bases.

In the lab you will GET and POST RESTapi actions. Its a basic look at some common use cases such as,

  • Query a VM’s hardware inventory.
  • Query the VMS for any who are tagged with “Function/Database”
  • Show the tags on a specific VM
  • Create new Category and Tag in the appliance
  • Assign a Category/Tag to a VM
  • Provision a VM
  • Query the status of the Provision request.

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CLOUDFORMS 5.3.0 GEM List

Here is the list of GEMs and their info that are included in the CLOUDFORMS 5.3.0 appliance. I thought it would be useful to post, I need this recently for some work I am doing. It was really easy as most things in CLOUDFORMS usually are I simply wrote some ruby to utilise an existing gem called GEMS, that pulls this data from rubygems.org. I wrapped the code in some file open and close, e.g. I dumped the list of gems in the appliance using “gem list > gems.txt” then had my little nugget of code read that in. Here it is.

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Shell-Shock – Bash Code Injection Vulnerability via Specially Crafted Environment Variables (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169)

UPDATED : Video version of this blog…..found here… http://youtu.be/RDcIIyYK044

So this Shell-Shock stuff is hitting the press quite a bit!

Fncy finding out really quickly if your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 systems are patched correctly? Even if they are turned off right now? Wow that is clever not even the virtual infrastructure players can do that…I know…its cool. Here it is..

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