This blog post concludes our series on Ansible Automation inside Red Hat CloudForms. We hope that the content and demo videos were able to get you a grasp on how Ansible Automation, the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework, adds value to Red Hat CloudForms and extends its capabilities.
Red Hat CloudForms natively supports Ansible Automation and eases the deployment of infrastructure and IT services across clouds. Users can automate multi-cloud management by defining a wide range of policies and processes with no coding or scripting required.
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Debugging might not be one of your favorite things to do, but when your automation fails it is good to know where to look to find information and troubleshoot. In this blog post, we investigate how to make sure Ansible Automation is correctly configured inside CloudForms, and how to troubleshoot issues that might occur when running Ansible Automation. Content for this blog post is based on the knowledge base article published on Red Hat Customer Portal.
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This document is to position two different types of integration with a CMDB and Red Hat CloudForms.
We discuss the use of HP uCMDB because it supports both types of integration but also other CMDBs are available such as Service-Now.
The two types of integration are known as;
Pull – Where by the information/data is collected (Pulled) by the CMDB from the end points. CMDB Server initiated.
Push – Where by the information/data is sent (Pushed) to the CMDB server by the end point. Endpoint initiated.
Other CMDB servers may not support a PULL approach at which point you have only the PULL solution as the only option.
We shall now dive deep into each integration type.
Service catalog bundles are a really useful CloudForms feature that enable us to mix and match various existing service catalog items together to form bundles of tasks.
One of the more useful examples of a bundle is to create a new VM, and then run an Ansible Tower job template on the resulting VM to configure it with an application role. If we have an Ansible Tower server added to our CloudForms installation as an automation provider, this is quite simple. We described the procedure to configure an Ansible Tower provider in CloudForms as part of our previous series on Ansible Tower integration in CloudForms 4.1.
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Few days ago one of our fellows, Christian Jung, published a very good article explaining best practices while coding Ruby code inside Red Hat CloudForms.
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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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