Red Hat has made generally available Red Hat CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management platform designed to allow enterprises to create and manage infrastructure-as-a-service hybrid clouds with the ability to make self-service computing resources available to users in a managed, governed and secure way.

“The role of enterprise IT is evolving,” Rachel Chalmers, vice president of research, Infrastructure Management at 451 Research, a division of leading global analyst and data company The 451 Group, said in a statement. “There's no doubt that end users want to help themselves to cloud-like compute resources, but the IT department still needs to centralize deployment, management and integration.”

A platform such as CloudForms makes it possible for organizations to build clouds that span their in-place infrastructure and expose it to a new generation of developers and end users without relinquishing control, Chalmers said.

With CloudForms, enterprises can build and manage an open enterprise hybrid cloud, providing infrastructure choice spanning across multiple virtualization platforms and extending to public cloud resources, Red Hat says. The platform provides end users with self-service capabilities and allows companies to deploy and manage applications across multiple virtualization technologies and the public cloud.

Red Hat provides an infrastructure stack that includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat Storage, thousands of certified ISV applications, and now Red Hat CloudForms to manage this stack in hybrid cloud environments.

“We recognize that for a complete open hybrid cloud, enterprises need more than just the management layer; they also need openness and portability across compute, data/services, programming models and applications,” Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat, said in a statement.




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