Governing the Cloud with CloudForms

Overview

In a previous article it was stated that cloud in not a technology but rather an architectural methodology of resource governance that utilizes underlying virtualization technologies. Since cloud is more about the methodology, the technology platforms such as VMware vCenter, Red Hat Virtualization Management (RHEVM), Microsoft System Center, Amazon EC2 and OpenStack can change as application requirements or life cycles change. An application may start on a virtualization platform like VMware but over time move to a cloud platform such as OpenStack. It could even have components serviced by both. This is the exact concept behind what Gartner talks about when they refer to Bi-Modal IT. Gartner also says 50% of companies will screw this up. A bridge is definitely needed for managing applications between these various platforms. Red Hat CloudForms is exactly that bridge. It allows us to create an abstraction above the virtualization platforms so that governance and business process can remain consistent across the cloud.
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To cloud or not to cloud…that is the question

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Iceland  – has possibly the cheapest, most reliable energy source in the world and as such is not a bad place to build a cloud.

Attempting to understand cloud

There is still a ton of confusion around cloud computing. Not a day goes by that I don’t talk to someone or read something about cloud that has nothing to do with cloud. Continue reading

Building Storage Services in OpenStack on NetApp – Part III of III

Welcome to part three of the three-part series on creating storage services in OpenStack on NetApp. In this post we will look at how to configure storage services within OpenStack utilising NetApp storage.  In part one of the series we looked at how to install and configure OpenStack. In part two we looked at how to configure underlying NetApp storage to support OpenStack storage services. Continue reading

Building Storage Services in OpenStack on NetApp – Part II of III

Welcome to part two of the three-part series on creating storage services in OpenStack on NetApp. In this post we will look at how to configure NetApp storage in a OpenStack environment. In part one of the series we looked at how to install and configure OpenStack. In part three we will look at how to configure storage services in OpenStack. Continue reading

Building Storage Services in OpenStack on NetApp – Part I of III

Welcome to part one of the three-part series on creating storage services in OpenStack on NetApp. In this post we will give a brief overview of OpenStack, discuss distribution options and setup a OpenStack environment using Red Hat RDO. In part two of this series we will look at how to configure NetApp storage for OpenStack environments. In part three we will create storage services in OpenStack built on NetApp storage. Continue reading