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An Open Hybrid Cloud from Red Hat - Live at VMworld 2013, San Francisco

Managing VMware, Red Hat and Amazon EC2 through one console

Organizations building out private Infrastructure as a Service clouds and utilizing public cloud infrastructure facing the challenging task of using several interface consoles to manage their infrastructure.

One unified console would be ideal to accomplish tasks such as:

  • Capacity management and planning
  • Virtual Machine life-cycle and management
  • Policies to govern access and usage
  • Quota enforcement and usage
  • Chargeback and cost allocation
  • Approval workflows

Alerts, reports and a dashboard.

Well, three days into my new position at Red Hat, doing Technical Marketing for the Cloud and Virtualization group I was tasked with building out a demo which you can see at VMworld 2013, booth 522, in San Francisco

To build this demo, I was provided with six brand spanking new IBM 3650 M4 servers to which I added RAM, 2nd CPU, 2nd power supply and SSD drives.

With the servers racked and powered up....

I installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, VMware vSphere, Red Hat OpenStackRed Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and Red Hat CloudForms all backed by Red Hat Storage

Red Hat Virtualization Manager is installed by adding channels:

  • rhn-channel --add -channel=rhel-x86_64-server-6
  • rhn-channel --add -channel=rhel-x86_64-server-supplementary-6
  • rhn-channel --add -channel=rhel-x86_64-server-6-rhevm-3.1
  • rhn-channel --add -channel=jbappplatform-6-x86_64-server-6-rpm

and then installed the manager and ran setup

  • yum install rhevm
  • rhevm-setup

Then browse to the manager URL, create  a datacenter, add hosts and storage

The OpenStack install with packstack I  have documented previously, though this time of course it is Red Hat OpenStack on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Installing CloudForms requires deploying a virtual appliance and setting the network configuration, then adding the IP address, username and passwords for Red Hat Virtualization and VMware vCenter.

Voila! Red Hat cloudForms provides a universal console to provide insight into cloud and virtualization environments running on VMware, Red Hat and Amazon AWS

More Stories By Jonathan Gershater

Jonathan Gershater has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1996, primarily doing system and sales engineering specializing in: Web Applications, Identity and Security. At Red Hat, he provides Technical Marketing for Virtualization and Cloud. Prior to joining Red Hat, Jonathan worked at 3Com, Entrust (by acquisition) two startups, Sun Microsystems and Trend Micro.

(The views expressed in this blog are entirely mine and do not represent my employer - Jonathan).