CloudFormsis Red Hat’s supported version of upstreamManageIQ, an infrastructure management platform. It lets you see, manage and deploy to various platforms like OpenStack, VMWare, RHEV, OpenShift and public cloud like AWS and Azure, with single pane of glass view across them all. It has its own orchestration engine but also integrates with Ansible for automated deployments.
As best I can tell, theirCloudForms updated Statement of Directionarticle (behind paywall, sorry) shows that Red Hat is killing off support for non-Red Hat platforms like VMware, AWS, Azure, etc. The justification is to focus on open platforms, which I think means CloudForms will ultimately disappear entirely with Red Hat focusing onOpenShiftinstead.
We made a strategic decision to focus our management strategy on the future – open, cloud-native environments that promote portability across on-premise, private and public clouds.
However to me this is still a big blow to users of the platform, where I’m sure most will have at least some VMWare to manage. Indeed, when implementing CloudForms at work and talking to Red Hat, they said that their most mature integration in CloudForms is with VMWare.
According to the Red Hat article, CloudForms with full platform support is being embedded intoIBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Managementand users are encouraged to “migrate your Red Hat CloudForms subscriptions to IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management licenses.” Red Hat’sCloudForms Statement of Direction FAQarticle lays out the migration path, which does confirm Red Hat will continue to support existing clients for the remainder of their subscription.
So in short, CloudForms from Red Hat is being crippled and will only support Red Hat products, which really means that users are being forced to buy IBM instead. Of course Red Hat is entitled to change their own products, but this move does seem curious when execs on both sides said they wouldremainindependent. Maybe it’s better than killing CloudForms outright?
We can publicly say that all our products will survive in their current form and continue to grow. We will continue to support all our products; we’re separate entities and we’re going to have separate contracts, and there is no intention to de-emphasize any of our products and we’ll continue to invest heavily in it.