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Red Hat Extends CloudForms Multi-Cloud Management with Ansible Automation


RED HAT SUMMIT 2017-- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world's
leading provider of open source solutions, today announced a new,
Ansible automation-centric approach to multi-cloud management with Red
Hat CloudForms 4.5. As enterprise IT platforms are transformed into a
set of dynamic, virtualized infrastructures both on and off-premises,
they introduce significant complexities around self-service, governance
and compliance, resource management, financial controls, and capacity
planning. With Red Hat CloudForms 4.5, organizations can more quickly
and easily publish fully automated IT services, providing their end
users with policy-controlled self-service lifecycle management of their
resources, while maintaining greater visibility and management
capabilities for disparate resources.

Based on the open source ManageIQ
, Red Hat CloudForms is a multi-cloud management platform
(CMP) that enables policy controlled self-service for consumers of IT
services. It gives IT operations teams a system to detect and respond to
environment changes by tracking activities, capturing events and
detecting configuration changes. CloudForms also provides IT
organizations with the ability to monitor utilization and capacity via
customizable policies for governance and compliance enforcement, as well
as tools for IT financial management by using consumption data and
billing rates to generate chargeback reporting.

Ansible by Red Hat is a simple, powerful and agentless open source IT
automation platform that enables entire teams to automate repetitive
tasks using a simple, human-readable language. It helps to define and
manage the systems, network devices, applications, and tools that
enterprise IT organizations are using today, driving down complexity by
describing infrastructure and processes in Ansible Playbooks, which are
then run by the powerful Ansible automation engine.

Red Hat CloudForms 4.5 natively integrates Ansible, taking an
industry-first automation-based approach to multi-cloud management. This
is designed not only to make Red Hat CloudForms more easily deployable
across an organization, but also to provide customers with far more
readily available integration points, increasing the depth and breadth
of automation for their IT service management needs. This integration is
aligned with Red
Hat's vision
to simplify IT management with Ansible's powerful
automation capabilities.

Highlights of the Ansible integration with Red Hat CloudForms 4.5

  • Service Catalog - Service catalog items can now consist of
    Ansible Playbooks in addition to OpenStack Orchestration (Heat)
    templates, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CloudFormation, Microsoft Azure
    Stack, VMware vApp and more, enabling administrators to more rapidly
    define and publish a greater number of services for their users.
  • Governance - Administrators can now use Ansible Playbooks to
    enforce many different IT policy models and more easily assess that
    deployed systems are staying compliant, enforce security standards and
    optimize resources.
  • Access to the Ansible ecosystem - More than 10,000 pre-built
    Ansible Playbooks and more than 1,000 integration modules can now be
    directly used in Red Hat CloudForms, delivered as IT services and used
    for policy enforcement and compliance.

Automation is an essential component of strategic modernization and
digital transformation, especially for dynamic IT environments that
require a new type of management solution. A growing number of
organizations around the world are starting to standardize on Ansible
for automation. By bringing Ansible automation across its management
portfolio, including Red Hat CloudForms for multi-cloud management,
Ansible Tower for centralized automation governance, and Red Hat
Insights for predictive analytics, Red Hat is delivering strategic
management and automation capabilities to enterprises.


Red Hat CloudForms 4.5 is expected to be generally available in the Red
Hat Customer Portal later this month.

Supporting Quotes

Joe Fitzgerald, vice president, Management, Red Hat

"Ansible has become a strategic technology with increased adoption and
community growth with industry-leading automation capabilities. Driving
native Ansible support into Red Hat CloudForms was an obvious next step
to provide a higher degree of automation in a multi-cloud management
solution. Red Hat CloudForms already provided comprehensive cloud
management capabilities and with native Ansible support, we take it a
step further with human-readable automation language, greatly
simplifying the building of solutions to deploy, manage, optimize and
bolster security for hybrid and multi-clouds deployments."

Martin Götz, chief executive officer, RWE Group Business Services CZ

"The energy market demands extensive and fast technological innovation
and the best way to keep pace was by transitioning our infrastructure,
including critical applications, to a hybrid cloud environment. With Red
Hat CloudForms, we are able to easily and efficiently manage our
wide-range of cloud environments with a simple, uniform solution."

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