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Red Hat Announces New Tools to Manage Cloud Operations

June 30, 2015

Red Hat recently announced the availability of several new tools that allow customers to manage their cloud operations better. While many cloud systems have mechanisms that show the status of an environment, these new tools present the information in a way that gives a more immediate picture of what’s going on and allows admins to address problems more quickly.

Red Hat’s Access Insights addresses four areas the company feels are critical to cloud operations: security, stability, availability, and performance. A video demonstration by Kyle Benson, technical marketing manager for Red Hat provides a glimpse into how this tool is used. The four aforementioned critical areas appear as menu links to the left of a dashboard-like UI.

Clicking on the security link shows any issues that might threaten the cloud environment; the video showed outdated ciphers and the presence of Heartbleed as vulnerabilities. From this interface, a to-do list of steps to fix the problems can be accessed, allowing quick action and resolution. This same dashboard look and feel is used in managing the other three areas Red Hat emphasizes.

Other solutions include the Cloud Infrastructure 6, which helps customers transition to OpenStack cloud environments. Container support will eventually be added to Satellite 6.1 and CloudForms which are either currently in beta or available as a limited feature. CloudForms also supports clouds using Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

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Much of what’s been written about the cloud talks about the ‘leave the driving to us’ benefits where cloud providers take over areas that the traditional IT department used to perform. Those who have to do the ‘driving’ however, have a difficult task protecting their systems and keeping them running well. Tools like the latest set from Red Hat will help those who manage clouds deliver on the promise of reliability that made them a better choice for many businesses than a legacy network of PCs.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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