Red Hat is not alone in offering its customers software to manage workloads across public and private clouds in a hybrid approach. Hewlett-Packard designed its Converged Cloud architecture, which is also based on OpenStack, so that a single set of software can manage both in-house and HP cloud services. Microsoft has also been equipping its System Center IT management software to manage Microsoft Azure cloud services.
During the Red Hat webcast, IT architect consult Chris Russell explained how the global finance services company he works for, but did not name, has been using the ManageIQ software. The company initially used ManageIQ for capacity planning, so that different virtual systems could work alongside one another smoothly on a single set of servers. The company had been using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution and was investigating ways of using RHEV and OpenStack, along with ManageIQ, to set up a private cloud service.
Like with its other software products, Red Hat plans to release as open source the code of the ManageIQ software. Che declined to say when the first version of the ManageIQ-embellished CloudForms would be released.
Oracle also made a cloud product announcement Tuesday, launching version 3.2 of its Oracle VM virtualization management package, which now can recognize Sparc-based servers and offers the full range of its controls by way of the command line interface.