Chapter 4. Enhancements

The following enhancements and new features are available with Red Hat CloudForms 5.0.

4.1. Ansible Automation

This CloudForms release improves Ansible Automation integration. Integration improvements include:

  • Support for Ansible Tower API v2 provider integration.
  • Automate designers or service authors can now pass variables between CloudForms and Ansible, as well as between successive playbook methods.
  • Support for running Ansible role affinity by zone.
  • Ansible Tower jobs can be used as Automate methods.
  • Two new Ansible roles are included in the CloudForms appliance:

    • manageiq-core.manageiq-automate
    • manageiq-core.manageiq-vmdb

4.2. User Experience (UX)

This CloudForms release contains a simplified and more consistent UI for a better user experience. Improvements include:

  • The Configuration menu for controlling global options in the CloudForms environment has been moved from the user settings menu. Configuration is now accessible from the gear icon at the top right corner of the UI.
  • Changes to the left navigation menu:

    • Cloud Intel has been renamed to Overview to provide a more accurate description.
    • Utilization has been moved under Overview.
  • Little-used menus removed:

    • RSS Feed and Timelines were deleted from the Cloud Intel menu. Timelines remain available from each object’s (for example, a cluster or VM’s) details page.
    • The Optimize menu has been deleted and its submenus (Bottleneck and Planning) removed.
  • User interface breadcrumbs have been made consistent throughout CloudForms for easier navigation between menus from the top of the UI.
  • Reorganized details screen for tenants ConfigurationAccess ControlTenants which includes a Relationships table listing Catalog Items and Bundles, Automate Domains and Providers owned by the tenant.
  • A welcome page has been added to guide users on how to add a provider when no providers exist yet in CloudForms.
  • Reports based on tables are more interactive, with the ability to sort columns and search within columns.
  • The global and remote regions are now shown on the logging screen.
  • The About screen shows the Red Hat CloudForms version in addition to the Red Hat CloudForms Management Engine version.
  • The Red Hat CloudForms logo on the top left banner can now be replaced by a custom PNG image from the Configuration menu.
  • Compliance status and history are now visible at the provider level.

4.3. Scalability

This CloudForms release includes enhancements for multi-region and import and export support. Improvements include:

  • The ability to import and export all CloudForms schedule items.
  • The ability to access and perform operations on virtual machines in a remote region from the global region.

4.4. Service Catalogs

This CloudForms release includes improvements to service catalogs including:

  • Service authors can now copy catalog items and catalog bundles.
  • Service authors can set a price per month and a currency for catalog items and bundles.
  • Catalog items can be now edited even when a provider template or image does not exist anymore.
  • The Lifecycle State status is now provided on the service details screen.

4.5. Tenancy

This CloudForms release includes the following enhancements to tenancy:

  • It is possible to control these operations for tenants using RBAC:

    • Add, edit, copy, and delete dialogs
    • Manage quota per tenant
  • It is possible to specify tenants for service availability during the service authoring workflow.

4.6. Automation

This CloudForms release includes the following enhancements to automation:

  • Scheduled Automate tasks can be executed in a specific zone.
  • Automate methods attached to dialogs can executed in a specific zone.
  • Git Automate domains can be created via API.

4.7. Providers

VMware

This release of Red Hat CloudForms contains the following new features and enhancements for VMware providers:

  • It is possible to select Lazy Zero or Eager Zero disk formats.

Red Hat OpenStack

This release of Red Hat CloudForms contains the following new features and enhancements for Red Hat OpenStack providers:

  • A new dashboard is available for tenant.
  • Floating IPs are now available in Reporting.
  • It is possible to select an availability zone when creating a volume.
  • It is possible to assign multiple Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) endpoints.
  • Orchestration stacks are now bound to tenants.
  • It is possible to select a port ID during instance provisioning.
  • It is possible to choose allocation pools, DNS nameservers and host routes when creating an OpenStack network.

Red Hat Virtualization

This release of Red Hat CloudForms contains the following new features and enhancements for Red Hat Virtualization providers:

  • VM disks cloned from templates now have the virtual machine name as a prefix instead of the template name.
  • Snapshot total size is now collected during inventory refresh.

Amazon EC2

This release of Red Hat CloudForms contains the following new features and enhancements for Amazon EC2 providers:

  • Memory usage metrics for AWS instances are now collected from the new CloudWatch agent for Windows and Linux.

4.8. Other Updates

  • In high availability environments, failover status is now reported in evm.log instead of ha_admin.log.
  • The ability to clone dashboards in the user interface to easily share dashboard views with users who do not have permissions to manage resources.
  • The Optimization feature added to the Overview menu provides access to dynamic reports. Reports include:

    • Host CPU Trends
    • Host Memory Trends
    • Offline VMs with Snapshot
    • Top CPU Consumers
    • Top Memory Consumers
    • VMs with Volume Free >= 75
  • The ability to import and export Generic Object class definitions and namespaces.
  • This version of the Red Hat CloudForms appliance has been updated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.