Red Hat CloudForms 5.0

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Technology Highlights

Define a new, scalable cloud infrastructure

Flexible Hierarchies & Multitenancy

Exert control and clear structures in your cloud environment by creating separate organizations, defining relationships between users, tenants, and projects, and managing quotas and services. Learn more.

Compliance & Policies

Define the policy state for your environment -- and follow up with automatic alerts and responses as your environment changes. Learn more.

Cloud-Bursting System Life Cycles

Provision your systems through cloud and virtualization platforms like Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Amazon, and Microsoft Azure, set retirement dates, and scale your environment on your terms. Learn more.

Proactive Capacity Planning

Take your real-world environment and simulate what-if scenarios for proactive resource planning and continuous insights into consumption levels to allow detailed chargeback, quotas, and policy creation. Learn more.

SmartState Analysis

Get a handle on performance, capacity, and workloads through SmartState historical and trend analytics for different aspects of your cloud environment. Learn more.

Open Hybrid Cloud

An open hybrid cloud is built on the best opensource technologies and integrates seamlessly with the most reliable public and private cloud providers. CloudForms is the engine to create a hybrid cloud because it can create the bridge between internal infrastructure providers like VMware and external cloud providers like Amazon and Azure.

Run Your CloudForms Appliance in Any Environment

CloudForms runs as an appliance inside a virtual machine that you can host almost anywhere in your IT environment. You can use multiple instances and global mirroring for high availability, migrate as your environment expands, and run CloudForms in the infrastructure you already have.

Performance and Capacity

CloudForms helps you define and maintain performance for your cloud instances through policies, quotas, and system profiles. Then you can track your workloads and capacity through SmartState analytics, chargeback, and Cloud Intelligence reports.

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Get Started with Red Hat CloudForms

For a basic x86_64 installation, you'll need:

An Installed RHV instance

This example assumes a running Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization server on which to install the appliance. See the RHV documentation for more information.


Ensure your system and environment meet the prerequisites.

90 Minutes

Installation will take about 90 minutes.


  1. 1

    Download the CloudForms appliance image for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

  2. 2

    Upload the appliance image to the RHV server.

    See the RHV documentation for more information.

  3. 3

    Open the RHV Administration Portal.

  4. 4

    Go to Storage > Template Import > Import, and import the image. Set the storage domain and cluster.

  5. 5

    Go to Virtual Machines > New VM, and create a virtual machine based on the CloudForms image. Select the CloudForms appliance from the list of templates.

  6. 6

    Select the new virtual machine, open the disks tab, and add a virtual disk.

  7. 7

    Start the virtual machine.

  8. 8

    Log into the CloudForms UI using 'admin' as the username and 'smartvm' as the password.

  9. 9

    Open the appliance console, and select Configure Database. Create a key, select an internal database, and set the disk for the database to use.


The Basics

Installation & upgrade

Install the Red Hat CloudForms appliance as an image on a supported platform, and then deploy a CloudForms instance as an easily scalable virtual machine.


Customer Convergence: Integration and Automation

Red Hat Senior Technical Account Manager William Nix and Red Hat Technical Support Engineer Josh Carter covered deployment, automation, and cloud integration at a recent customer event in Raleigh.

Building clouds

Building a Cloud with Azure Providers

A provider is any platform which allows multiple virtual or cloud instances. That can be any public or private provider, including Microsoft Azure. Follow these simple instructions to set up a relationship between Azure and your CloudForms appliance and discover, provision, and manage instances in Azure.

Integrate with applications

Easily Manage Your VMware Infrastructure

This brief demo walks you through how to manage VMware resources with CloudForms. Unified management makes it simpler to manage your applications.

Performance & Capacity


Product manager John Hardy covers to use the state machines and workflows to autoscale services that you model in CloudForms.


Setting up CloudForms High Availability

Minimize downtime and increase stability by creating a highly available environment. This reference architecture sets up an example scenario with two physical locations, global mirroring, and a hot standby server.

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Red Hat CloudForms Life Cycle

Red Hat offers subscription services for each major release of Red Hat CloudForms throughout four life cycle phases—called Production 1, 2, and 3, and an Extended Life Phase.