Building a Private Cloud with Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms

A recent study from IDC noted that in 2017, infrastructure IT spend for cloud environments is estimated at $41.7 billion. Further, 14.7 percent of that $41.7 billion is to be dedicated to private cloud infrastructure initiatives – that’s about $6 billion, if you were wondering.

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Red Hat Consulting: Integrating CloudForms and Ansible to enhance your workflows

Regardless of what your environment looks like, you need a way to centrally manage, expand, and update workflows to meet business needs. In this short video, we discuss the integration of CloudForms and Ansible, and the benefits this orchestration duo provides for workflow management in your cloud environment.

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Unified IT Management

In a recent Red Hat-commissioned study to understand how unified IT management can enable efficiency and operations of heterogeneous IT environments, seven companies utilizing Red Hat CloudForms were interviewed. From these interviews IDC calculated that the companies in question would realize benefits with an average value of $11,937 per 100 users per year over a span of five years. This average value would then result in a return on investment of 436 percent. The companies were able to deliver their returns based on a 92 percent reduction in staff-time per delivery service request, and from this reduction in manual time productivity was increased. How they did it is discussed below:

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Architecting your cloud for maximum flexibility

According to Gartner, Cloud Computing has been growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending each year since 2009. This trend is only expecting to become more exaggerated, as cloud computing is expected to grow at more than six times the rate of IT spend through the year 2020. New trends like containerization and serverless architectures are in essence cloud computing trends, and as the world becomes more connected, users are demanding everything in a software defined way. We expect everything to come to us in the form of IoT applications or services that all need to run in a cloud environment. In fact, the creation of data from IoT devices is increasing more than ever as the cloud continues to expand; By 2025, it is predicted that more than 80 billion IoT devices will be online, creating over 180 zettabytes of data, much of which will be in the cloud. With the ever increasing in popularity of the cloud, comes the needs to define your cloud strategy with flexibility in mind, to meet any new demands.

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Display Estimated VM Cost during Service Provisioning

To recuperate costs from running a cloud infrastructure, IT organizations often need to charge users for virtual machines they have provisioned. CloudForms contains chargeback functionality that helps facilitate charging users for the resources their virtual machines use. The administrator is able to set rates based on compute, network, and storage resources. Reports can then be run to calculate the chargeback for each virtual machine.

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How can self-service provisioning in CloudForms benefit your organization?

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