Red Hat® Cloud Infrastructure enables you to build and manage a private cloud environment.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Highlights

What is Cloud Infrastructure?

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure enables you to build and manage a private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud based on datacenter virtualization and management technologies for traditional workloads. It also provides an on ramp to a highly scalable, public-cloud-like infrastructure based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform .

With Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, you can implement an integrated infrastructure to deliver services faster, increase your IT department’s value, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and improve manageability.

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Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Features


Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure’s integrated components work alongside your existing infrastructure investments and let you tailor a cloud to your environment and needs.

Choice and interoperability

With Red Hat products based on open standards, you're never dependent on a single vendor.

Heterogeneous coverage

Management spans multiple virtualization technologies, Red Hat OpenStack Platform , and public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Integrated lifecycle management

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure offers automated provisioning, configuration management, and software management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and any RPM-based application.

High performance

We've earned top virtualization benchmarks for performance and scalability in SPECvirt .


Red Hat is a leader in the OpenStack and Linux communities.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Tools

Included with Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure are several tools that will help you streamline installation and select the appropriate components for your deployment.

QuickStart Cloud Installer

The QuickStart Cloud Installer is a web-based graphical user interface for provisioning cloud products. In one straight-forward installation, you can use it to deploy a single product or multiple products, including Red Hat Virtualization, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Satellite, and Red Hat CloudForms.

Its single, intuitive web-based graphical user interface eliminates the need to switch between different installation methods and interfaces for each product.

An environment at your fingertips

Verify and validate your private cloud infrastructure and auto-generate a list of minimum system requirements for the entire environment prior to deploying.

Automate your subscriptions

Integrate with the Red Hat customer portal for automated subscription management.

Leverage your existing storage

Leverage your existing Red Hat Storage (Ceph and Gluster) deployments with Red Hat Virtualization, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and OpenShift Enterprise .

Simple, yet fully integrated

Simplified multi-product workflow requiring only minimal documentation for deploying fully-integrated private cloud infrastructures.

Feature Compatibility Matrices

A Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure or Red Hat Cloud Suite subscription provides access to multiple Red Hat products with complementary feature sets. This reference summarizes the specific interoperability and feature compatibility considerations across the various product releases to better understand supportability of specific features.

Cloud Deployment Planner

If you plan on deploying multiple products, using this tool will help you determine which product versions to deploy. The Feature Compatibility Tool will help you understand which product versions will work well together and the Life Cycle Compatibility Tool will tell you which versions have compatible support lifecycles.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Products

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure combines multiple Red Hat products optimized to work together to increase ease of use and management. Your subscription to Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure includes the following:

Red Hat OpenStack Platform

The ideal platform for your business to build a private cloud or for service providers to construct a public cloud. With Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, you also get all the advantages of Ceph Storage technology.

Red Hat Virtualization

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) is an enterprise-grade server and desktop virtualization platform built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux that takes you beyond bare metal to an open, agile foundation that's able to scale to meet future challenges from evolving technology and business demands.

Red Hat CloudForms

CloudForms gives you choice and flexibility while providing a unified and consistent set of management capabilities across virtualization platforms, private cloud platforms, and public cloud platforms.

CloudForms can see and manage both the guest and host systems, allowing management of workloads and infrastructure within the same system.

Red Hat Satellite

The easiest way to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux, keeping your systems running efficiently, properly secured, and compliant with various standards.

Red Hat Insights

Red Hat Insights is a modern infrastructure management service that enables customers to proactively identify and resolve configuration risks before they impact business operations. Fueled by deep technical knowledge and extensive experience with enterprise customers, Red Hat Insights analyzes IT infrastructure, identifies issues, and delivers clear, tailored, and actionable recommendations.

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Block device storage and object gateway storage are available in a single solution. Red Hat Ceph Storage has a software-defined architecture you can integrate into your existing hardware and infrastructure for lower capital costs and more flexibility. Even better for your IT environment, Ceph Storage offers robust, multi-tenant storage for cloud and virtualization applications like Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Amazon Web Services.

Get Started with Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure

The QuickStart Cloud Installer provides a streamlined prescriptive deployment for the following products:

    • Red Hat Satellite 6.2
    • Red Hat CloudForms 4.1
    • Red Hat Virtualization 4.0
    • Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10.0

    For a basic installation, you'll need:

    External Network Connection

    To subscribe and enable repositories hosted by Red Hat.

    System Requirements

    The system and environment must meet the prerequisites.

    Four Hours

    Installation will take about four hours.


    1. 1

      Install the QuickStart Cloud Installer

      • Obtain the Quickstart Cloud Installer packages by downloading the ISO file or by using the Red Hat Subscription Manager to subscribe your system.
      • Choose the installation method you want:
        • ISO installation method:
          • launch the ISO and select Install Red Hat QuickStart Cloud Installer 1.0.
          • On boot, the machine will automatically run fusor-installier--foreman-admin-password=changeme
        • RPM installation method:
          • manually input these commands:
      yum install qci


      • Configure the networking details for the QuickStart Cloud Installer machine
      • Change the default password for the administration user
    2. 2

      Select your private cloud infrastructure

      For some information on when you would use one versus the other, please see the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Product Guide .

      Red Hat Virtualization

      • Plan for networking.
      • Prepare the nodes to be used for the Red Hat Virtualization installation.
        • For a standard Red Hat Virtualization (Hypervisor + Engine) you need two nodes.
        • For a self-hosted engine Red Hat Virtualization, you need only one node.
      • Verify the discovered nodes.
      • Set up shared NSF or Gluster storage.
      • In the QuickStart Cloud Installer menu, choose New Deployment and
        • select Red Hat Virtualization.
        • select Red Hat CloudForms, should you elect to use it.
      • Configure the Satellite and Red Hat Virtualization components and then the CloudForms and subscriptions component.
      • Verify the installation configuration settings and click on Deploy.
      • Verify the deployment.

      Red Hat OpenStack Platform

      • Plan for networking.
      • Obtain the Red Hat OpenStack Platform Undercloud packages by downloading the ISO file or using Red Hat Subscription Manager to subscribe your system.
      • Prepare two Red Hat OpenStack Platform Overcloud nodes.
      • In the QuickStart Cloud Installer menu, choose New Deployment and
        • select Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
        • select Red Hat CloudForms, should you elect to use it.
      • Configure the Satellite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform components and then the CloudForms and subscriptions component.
      • Verify the installation configuration settings and click on Deploy.
      • Verify the deployment.


    1. 1

      Decide what products you want to deploy

      Which Red Hat products from the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure do you want to deploy? Which do you already have deployed?

    2. 2

      Use the interoperability planning tools to deteremine which product versions will work together

    3. 3

      Install each product

      Use the linked installation information below to install each product:


    QuickStart Cloud Installer demonstration

    Installer demo

    Product Manager Eric Dube provides a brief demonstration of the QuickStart Cloud Installer for the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and Red Hat Cloud Suite.

    Plan your deployment

    Deployment tools to help you plan

    A look at the new tools that can help you get ready and plan for your Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure installation.

    Reference Architecture: Deploying an on-premise IaaS private cloud with PaaS integration

    Reduce time and implement cloud management

    On-premise cloud deployments continue to increase in popularity and demand. As demand increases, IT leaders look for ways to reduce time to deploy, configure, and implement management capabilities for deployed environments.

    Create a user environment

    Set up roles, groups, and users

    This article tells you how to setup a role, a group, and a user for access to a specific cloud provider and, using an example, it helps you establish a foundation for your Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure user environment.

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