Following the launch of its open hybrid cloud management platform, dubbed CloudForms, in June, open source company Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has made an incremental update to the platform while also announcing two new cloud solutions bundles and a cloud services offering.
CloudForms was designed as a cloud management platform that enables enterprises to create and manage IaaS hybrid clouds while also making self-service computing resources available to their end users in a managed, governed and secure way. The CloudForms 1.1 release expands on that summer product launch with additional language support to push deployments out to Asia-Pacific and Europe regions. Specifically, Red Hat has added support for Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Portuguese.
Language support isn't the only enhancement to the relatively new cloud management platform. Red Hat has incorporated a handful of updates and fixes, including:
System groups that allow administrators to easily organize systems to perform actions, such as updating packages, on many systems as if they were one.
LDAP support that enables enterprises to leverage their existing identity management solutions within CloudForms.
Content-searching capabilities that provide enterprises the ability to quickly search all application lifecycle environments for specific pieces of content.
Back in June when CloudForms was first unveiled, Red Hat also announced solutions meant to make it easier for enterprises to build and manage open hybrid clouds. Red Hat took four such solutions to the market at the time, but now the company has two more solutions to add to the portfolio.
Red Hat Hybrid IaaS Solution was designed to reduce the complexity of of building hybrid clouds by providing enterprises (or channel partners) with a comprehensive set of software components. The goal is to save organizations time in deploying hybrid clouds—something most enterprises are likely concerned about at the moment, considering the number of solutions and services being brought online that accelerate time to market/launch.
The second new software solution is Red Hat Cloud with Virtualization Bundle, which enables customers to combine cloud and virtualization projects into a single step to speed up the projects and get them completed quicker. The bundle includes both Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms.
Last but not least in Red Hat's slate of announcements is the creation of the Open IaaS Architecture Service, which is designed to help enable a customer's private or hybrid cloud from day one. Basically, it defines, designs, installs and optimized Red Hat's cloud and virtualization offerings, helping customers get their new clouds up and running in less time.