Red Hat CloudForms Life Cycle


Red Hat offers services for each major release of Red Hat CloudForms throughout two life cycle phases—called Production 1 and Production 2.


Software support will be provided according to the published Scope of Coverage for Red Hat CloudForms.

Life Cycle Phase
Description Production 1 Production 2
Access to previously released content through the Red Hat Customer Portal Yes Yes
Self Help through the Red Hat Customer Portal Yes Yes
Technical Support1 Unlimited Unlimited
Asynchronous Security Errata (RHSA) Yes Yes
Asynchronous Bug Fix Errata (RHBA)2 Yes Yes
Minor Releases Yes No
Software Enhancements Yes No
  1. Technical Support depends on the service level included in your Red Hat CloudForms subscription agreement.
  2. Red Hat may choose, as an intermediate measure, to address serious issues that have an important impact to customer business with a hotfix while a Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory is created and verified.

Production 1 Phase:

During the Production 1 Phase, qualified Critical and Important Security Advisories (RHSAs) and Urgent and selected High Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available. Other errata advisories, such as Red Hat Enhancement Advisories (RHEAs), may be delivered as appropriate.

For any minor release made available during this phase, the available and qualified errata advisories (RHSAs, RHBAs, and RHEAs) will be cumulatively included with the contents of previously released product updates. This means that if a customer is running an older version of the product and reports a bug, that bug will be fixed in the latest version of the software and a customer may need to upgrade in order to take advantage of that fix.

Production 2 Phase:

During the Production 2 Phase, at minimum Critical impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released at Red Hat’s discretion as they become available.

Supporting Software

If supporting software (for example, PostgreSQL embedded database or the underlying operating system) has ended its product life cycle before the end of the Production 2 Phase, customers may be required to upgrade to the most recent version of Red Hat CloudForms running on a supported component. Ansible Automation Inside supports the version of Ansible that CloudForms is released with or higher.

Upgrade Policy

Red Hat CloudForms gives the customer an ability to skip minor releases during upgrades. This means that if a customer needs to traverse multiple minor versions to upgrade to the latest version then this is a supported path.

For example, if CloudForms 3.3 is released and a customer is currently on CloudForms 3.1, then a customer can directly upgrade from CloudForms 3.1 to 3.3 *without* having to upgrade to CloudForms 3.2 first.

Migration of Automate code is supported between minor and major versions of CloudForms. Based on the specific migration path it may be necessary to perform certain actions prior to starting migration. Please consult with the Release notes and Installation and Upgrade instructions for a particular release for specific guidance.

Red Hat Global Support Services will assist customers with this process within the guidelines of our published Scope of Coverage and Supporting Frameworks documents:

Life Cycle Dates

Red Hat CloudForms Release General Availability End of Production, Phase 1 End of Production, Phase 2
4.5 May 3, 2017 May 1, 2018 December 1, 2019
4.2 January 4, 2017 May 1, 2018 May 1, 2019
4.1 June 29, 2016 December 1, 2017 December 1, 2018
4.0 December 8, 2015 December 8, 2016 December 1, 2018
3 November 05, 2013 February 28, 2016 February 28, 2017
2** April 10, 2013 April 10, 2015 April 10, 2016
1 June 06, 2012 August 01, 2013 n/a

EVM 5.0**

End of Production 1 Phase: EVM V5.0 will be in Phase 1 support until the day CloudForms 3.0 is released. It will switch to Production Phase 2 on the day of that release.

End of Production 2 Phase: November 05, 2014

EVM 4.0**

End of Production 1 Phase: EVM V4.0 will be in Phase 1 support until the day CloudForms 3.0 is released. It will switch to Production Phase 2 on the day of that release.

End of Production 2 Phase: July 10, 2014

** Security Support: EVM 4.0, EVM 5.0, and CloudForms 2.0 are provided with limited security support. Security fixes may be provided for Critical impact security flaws, at Red Hat's discretion.