Chapter 4. Enhancements

The following enhancements are available with Red Hat CloudForms 4.0 (CFME 5.5).


Red Hat CloudForms now provides the capability of enabling providers based on subscription/certificates, which allows its shipping as a bundled product with other SKU’s such as OpenStack with CloudForms and OpenShift with CloudForms. Having other streams available for the delivery of Red Hat CloudForms increases adoption and provides advanced management capabilities to the users.

Entitlements provides the following enhancements to Red Hat:

  • Ability to enable or disable providers based upon a certificate.
  • Active subscription with Red Hat Cloud Data Network for delivery to Red Hat CloudForms.
  • Ability to remain in its own CloudForms channels.
  • Ability to add providers even if no certificate is found.
  • In the presence of a certificate, providers are limited as per SKU, the certificate is supporting.
  • Ability to support the provider to SKU mapping.
  • Providers remain fully functional even after adding or removing SKU associated with certificates.
Event Switchboard

Red Hat CloudForms now has better visibility and normalization of the event handling capabilities through the introduction of a new feature, Event Switchboard. Event Switchboard automates the provider events and miq policy events by handling them via automate. A new class EventStream is added to be the parent class of all event classes. Whenever an event comes in, an EventStream object is sent to automate that kicks off the event handling process. An EmsEvent instance contains all information about its VM, host and provider related to the event.

The Event Switchboard delivers the following capabilities:

  • Move the current event definitions into the database.
  • Map the events through to automation.
Multi Tenancy

Multi tenancy in Red Hat CloudForms offers several enhancements, with an ability to:

  • Support more than one organization with separate authentication and resource distribution. This includes the ability to have multi-level (nested) tenants.
  • Set quotas in the new tenant.
  • Support Role-based Access Control (RBAC), tagging, and approval system for tenants.
Microsoft Azure Providers

Red Hat CloudForms now provides a new provider to enable deep Microsoft Azure Integration, providing capabilities such as inventory and provisioning.

The Microsoft Azure Integration will deliver the following capabilities to Red Hat CloudForms:

  • Inventory
  • Component Inventory
  • Capacity
  • Relationships
  • Utilization
Red Hat OpenShift v3 Providers

The integration of Red Hat OpenShift v3 providers in Red Hat CloudForms provides support in the following areas, with an ability to:

  • View the topology of the OpenShift infrastructure.
  • Link any OpenShift inventory object to its hosting infrastructure. Red Hat CloudForms can cross-link the OpenShift components to either their virtual or physical counterparts.
  • Generate a graphical topology map launched from the relationship area of the user interface.
  • See the capacity that the RHEL Atomic Platform nodes have to offer.
  • See how OpenShift Enterprise components (CPU, Memory, Storage and Networking) are utilized.
  • Deliver fleecing images.
  • Have a dashboard showing details of your OpenShift Enterprise infrastructure.
  • Receive events from OpenShift.
Pluggable Providers

Red Hat CloudForms now provides the ability to vendors to write their own providers for Red Hat CloudForms using community available practices and documentation. Previously, Red Hat Insight was used to identify key issues in the Red Hat CloudForms deployment by supplying detailed information about security vulnerabilities as well as tuning recommendations. In Red Hat CloudForms 4.0, there is no sharing of data between Red Hat CloudForms and the Red Hat Insights plugin. Red Hat Insights is used as a pluggable user interface module to the Red Hat CloudForms user interface.

The pluggable providers provide the following enhancement to Red Hat CloudForms:

  • Allows community to create providers for the product
  • Simplifies the previous architecture that supported providers by namespacing of the provider code giving clear separation between providers.
  • Enable the pluggability aspects of the framework project by separating the existing vendor providers into individual folders/namespaces.
Self Service Portal

Users can better manage services and resources, using a user interface with widgets, dashboard controls and feedback. This enhancement supports:

  • Graphic images and HTML text description on the services.
  • Presentation of dialogs when a service is ordered.
  • Management of deployed services (My Services).
  • Catalog categories, branding, and authentication.
Simplified Chinese language support
Red Hat CloudForms now includes Simplified Chinese as one of the supported languages for the CFME appliance.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 support

Red Hat CloudForms is fully supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1.

Red Hat recommends delaying upgrades of Red Hat CloudForms 4.0 appliances to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 until the first Red Hat CloudForms 4.0 advisory is released noting Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 support.

Automate Server Role
In the previous version of CloudForms Management Engine, the Automate Server Role was disabled by default. Automate is required for many areas of the product, such as virtual machines, services, orchestration provisioning, custom buttons, retirement, etc. In the latest version of CloudForms Management Engine, the Automate Server Role is enabled by default. Users can still disable the role on appliances as needed.
Watermark reports

CloudForms Management Engine can now report a high watermark for the maximum number of virtual machines on a provider over a one-month period, which can be used for billing. Reports can be queued to collect watermark information for host sockets per provider and for virtual machines per provider. To access the Watermark Host Sockets per Provider and Watermark VMs per Provider reports, navigate to Cloud IntelligenceReportsConfiguration ManagementProviders.

The reports are grouped by month with the values (host sockets or virtual machines per provider) consolidated on the maximum amount for that period. When creating a watermark report, Red Hat recommends copying an existing report measuring the monthly and watermark requirements, for example:

Watermark reports