Review and Future Directions of CloudForms State-Machines

This article seeks to explain the use of State Machines in Red Hat CloudForms for the use in the flow control of automation.

The topic of State Machines is sometimes perceived as rocket science, barely used but often taught. The first thing to dispel is the complexity in state machines, then we can compare how a state machine differs from other process automation like Workflows.

Finally the article is to dispel the myth that State Machines are RUBY or if you use Ansible Automation Inside you do not need state machines, again not a true statement.

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My First Ansible Service (Video)

With this short video, we start a series based on Red Hat Knowledge Base articles exploring how to take advantage of Ansible automation inside Red Hat CloudForms.

In this first video we show:

  • How to enable Embedded Ansible in CloudForms
  • Set up a new Ansible GitHub repository
  • Create a new Service Catalog and Service Item
  • Provision and retire the new Service

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Announcing General Availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4.5

Today marks the general availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4.5, as announced in the recent Press Release. One of the key highlights of the release is the introduction of Ansible Automation Inside, which provides a simple, powerful, human readable automation language, directly accessible from within CloudForms.

In addition, several enhancements are added to the multi-cloud management platform, including a new storage provider for Amazon Web Services, metrics and container improvements for OpenShift, and additional features for OpenStack. Let’s take a look at some of these improvements.

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Posting CloudForms Notifications to Slack

Keeping the whole IT team informed about events or actions in your IT infrastructure can be challenging. Many IT teams have turned to team messaging applications, like Slack, to improve internal team communications. CloudForms, with its flexible integration capabilities, can be connected to Slack to notify the team whenever important events happen.

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Setting up Red Hat CloudForms with Microsoft Active Directory (Video)

This video highlights the role-based access controls within Red Hat CloudForms and how they can be tied into Microsoft Active Directory, to leverage a company’s existing user and group structure. The goal of the video is to help customers understand how they can integrate CloudForms into their organizational structure with rather minimal setup.

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Services Management using Red Hat CloudForms (Video)

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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Self-Service Capabilities using Red Hat CloudForms (Video)

This week, we look at Red Hat CloudForms capabilities for self-service and how it can be used to manage services across private, public and hybrid clouds. We explore:

  • self-service portal for end-user consumers
  • service catalog with examples of deployments (new infrastructure, multi-tier application, etc)
  • service dialog allowing customization and automation
  • day 2 operations, services life-cycle and monitoring
  • remote access using Cockpit administration tools

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Hybrid Management using Red Hat CloudForms (Video)

This week, we explore Red Hat CloudForms cloud management platform (CMP) and its capability to manage multiple clouds. This demonstration video focuses on hybrid management and highlights some of its key features. These include:

  • infrastructure and cloud visibility,
  • centralized management of virtual machines, instances and containers,
  • workload lifecycle management and day 2 operations,
  • historical reports and dashboards, including showback and chargeback,
  • resource monitoring and optimization,
  • compliance and governance with security policies and alerts.

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