Red Hat Contributes ManageIQ to OpenStack

Red Hat just rolled out code that aims to drive OpenStack adoption and advance cloud management. The ManageIQ community promises to help govern and automate the open-source cloud.

Red Hat is contributing software it acquired from ManageIQ to OpenStack. This is the company's largest-ever contribution to the open source project. ManageIQ undergirds Red Hat's CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management solution. The company is also providing integration and orchestration content for lab automation as part of the deal. The idea is to make it easier to develop and test clouds based on OpenStack.

"While some industry players have focused on building an open-source cloud infrastructure with OpenStack and selling expensive, proprietary management software on top of that, we believe the entire cloud should be open with no lock-in, so we are contributing this valuable code base to open up the management stack for the first time," said Joe Fitzgerald, general manager of cloud management at Red Hat.

Solving Cloud Management Problems

The ManageIQ community brings together developers, service providers, system integrators, researchers and users that want to collaborate and drive innovation in OpenStack management and open hybrid clouds. Red Hat plans to launch the new ManageIQ open-source community in the coming weeks.

Red Hat is looking at it this way: As more developers turn to OpenStack to build and integrate private cloud deployments, lab automation is still a critical piece of the puzzle. The company is convinced that ManageIQ can provide the management capabilities developers need, integrating with a number of OpenStack technologies and projects, including Nova, Glance, Ceilometer and Heat.

"OpenStack has been evolving at breakneck speed and it's clear that proper monitoring and management is needed, from the basics of red/green light monitoring to higher-level orchestration," said Michael Coté, research director of market research firm 451 Group's Infrastructure Software sector.

"As the OpenStack...

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