Red Hat CloudForms

A management tool for hybrid infrastructure

Red Hat® CloudForms is a hybrid infrastructure management platform that allows IT departments to control users’ self-service abilities to provision, manage, and ensure compliance across virtual machines, clouds, containers, and even physical infrastructure.

Features & benefits

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Choose your environments

Provision and manage across physical, virtual, container, and cloud platforms.

See everything

Discover, monitor, and track resources—and their relationships—so you know what's going on, where.

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Automate the standard stuff

Deploy Red Hat Ansible Automation playbooks to automate provisioning processes and management policies.

Control your compliance

Apply corporate governance policies across environments and customize automated remediation processes.

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Self-service capabilities

Delegate provisioning, reconfiguration, and retirement to end users through a web-based self-service catalog.

Manage full lifecycles

Provision, reconfigure, and retire guest and host instances.

Platform management options

Management for any infrastructure

The majority of enterprises can't afford to dedicate 100% of their business to a single environment. Today's IT infrastructure is spread out across physical hardware, virtual environments, containerized workloads, and hybrid clouds—and that can be hard to manage. Red Hat CloudForms makes management easy. It works in all those environments on all your platforms and integrates with many of the providers you already (or want to) use.

Virtualization's widespread applicability has helped reduce vendor lock-in, allowing companies to update their IT environments with less-expensive commodity servers, operating systems, and applications from a variety of vendors. Red Hat CloudForms can help organizations continue to avoid vendor lock-in by migrating virtual machines (VMs) to lower cost virtual infrastructure platforms and operating them across multiple hypervisors—such as Red Hat Virtualization, Kernel-based Virtual Machine, and VMware.

Using Red Hat CloudForms to manage virtual platforms, you can:

  • Implement self-service ordering with complete VM life-cycle management.
  • See and control security, performance, and capacity for all VMs.
  • Maintain VM compliance with corporate, industry, and government requirements.

For all the applicability and scalability Stuff-as-a-Service provides, it hasn't replaced the need for physical servers. Red Hat CloudForms is compatible with Lenovo XClarity—an integration that gives system administrators valuable insight into on-premise capacity and its impact on other resources within your hybrid infrastructure.

Using Red Hat CloudForms to manage physical infrastructure, you can:

  • Discover and manage physical compute infrastructure alongside virtual and multicloud resources through a single pane of glass.

Red Hat CloudForms brings the interoperability, workload portability, and flexibility of open source to hybrid cloud environments. It’s engineered to work with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and includes management and automation capabilities that aren’t available in the OpenStack project. Red Hat CloudForms can also manage public cloud providers—like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform—helping you operate safer in public clouds by implementing governance and enforcing compliance.

Using Red Hat CloudForms to manage hybrid clouds, you can:

  • Manage, approve, automatically provision, customize, secure, and retire cloud instances.
  • Track cloud operations, such as performance, capacity, use, and compliance.
  • Track cloud resource life cycles and use.
  • Identify idle or high-cost cloud instances.
  • Bring existing cloud deployments under management without changing the process.

Containers are perhaps the most flexible component of an organization’s hybrid infrastructure—it’s portable and consistent as it moves from one environment to another. Red Hat CloudForms integrates with Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation so you can provision and manage containers in all the environments they run in.

Using Red Hat CloudForms to manage containers, you can:

  • Discover and manage containers alongside virtual and cloud resources through a single pane of glass.
  • Execute Ansible playbooks.
  • Link Ansible-deployed compute resources.

What you get

Your Red Hat subscription comes with award-winning support; the industry's largest ecosystem of partners, customers, and experts; hardware certification; and a connection to open source communities where we source the best features and make them safe for our enterprise products.

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