Red Hat announced the general availability of the latest version of its hybrid cloud management solution, the Red Hat CloudForms 4.
In a press statement, the company said Red Hat CloudForms 4 offers a consistent experience across platforms spanning virtualization, private cloud, public cloud and containers.
Following Red Hat and Microsoft’s partnership announcement in November, Red Hat said, CloudForms now expands its collection of managed platforms to include Microsoft Azure. This will enable Azure customers to manage workloads and resources within CloudForms.
Further, Red Hat said CloudForms 4 adds management for container architectures, giving customers visibility into workloads running in OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat and the infrastructure hosting OpenShift.
“The addition of container management will enable CloudForms to provide a unified management experience across a wider variety of cloud platforms,” said Joe Fitzgerald, vice president, Management, Red Hat.
Fitzgerald also noted that the new offering enables customers to find the industry’s broadest hybrid cloud management solution built on open source technologies.
Separately, the company said vehicle remarketer Cox Automotive has deployed Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Gluster Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to upgrade its internal cloud infrastructure.
Online automotive retailers are benefitting from the ongoing expansion period. More than two thirds of car buyers in the United States use a Cox Automotive company at some point in their car buying process.
Cox Automotive companies need to quickly deliver new web-based products in order to maintain its leadership positions, but the increased traffic and requests for IT service were slowing deployment and service times.
“With the Red Hat solution, we saved almost 10 years of time spent waiting for resources to be delivered and almost $5 million in soft savings since 2014,” said Jason Cornell, manager of Cloud and Infrastructure Automation, Cox Automotive.
Cornell also said Red Hat Insights is helping the company to resolve critical issues before they occur.
“We no longer have to look at individual systems because we have one tool that gives us much more comprehensive and actionable information on our infrastructure,” Cornell commented.