This blog is part 5 of our series on Container Management with CloudForms.
In this last post, we focus on financial management of container environments for both chargeback and for optimizing infrastructure resource usage and spending.
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This blog is part 4 of our series on Container Management with CloudForms.
This blog post focuses on the security and compliance aspects of managing containerized environments.
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This blog is part 3 of our series on Container Management with CloudForms.
A second area of concern identified when managing a containerized environment is service health. We need to operate our containers with good performance, reliability, and ensure high enough utilization ratios. In this post, we focus on the container based infrastructure, its on-going resource consumption, and how we can monitor and optimize its health.
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This blog is part 2 of our series on Container Management with CloudForms.
In this blog, we look how the operations team can manage container environments and ensures the workload runs securely and efficiently. This includes the containers themselves, but also the underlying infrastructure. Operators need to ensure resources at all layers of the stack are optimized to provide the highest level of service for the container workload.
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Containers have rapidly evolved from being used for development and testing to production. Today, many vendors provide container products supporting enterprise IT production workloads. Red Hat offers OpenShift, an open source container platform based on Kubernetes.
The promise of containers includes greater cross-cloud workload portability, better support for microservices and faster business innovation through the ability to support CI/CD methodologies for rapidly launching new functionality. By pairing containers and CI/CD with public/private hybrid cloud infrastructure, enterprise IT teams expect to better match infrastructure spending to workload performance while enabling end user developers self-service and agility.
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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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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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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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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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In the following weeks, I will post few videos recorded using Red Hat CloudForms 4.2. This first one is a short demonstration highlighting the latest enhancements coming with this release, including:
- New dashboards for all infrastructure providers
- Topology views for infrastructure, cloud, containers, network and middleware providers
- Performance improvements
- Administration tools using Cockpit
- Networks enhancements for cloud providers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform)
- New Middleware provider, including Hawkular integration
- Notifications enhancements
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