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Understanding Red Hat's ManageIQ Acquisition

On some levels, products by these two different houses were actually trying to repair the same hybrid cloud management problems

Cloud Operations Management tools have different functions, starting from monitoring and management to automation of processes through both a virtual and cloud infrastructure. The tools in CloudForums can handle the monitoring, automation and measuring aspects in virtual as well as cloud based infrastructures but at a higher level, managing all these operations is basically about lifecycle management of the service. That involves workload management, transparency of costs and the proper retirement of resources when they have served out their purpose.

manageiqUnderstating the vitality of these functions, Red Hat bought ManageIQ so that these capabilities could be rapidly brought under the CloudForums umbrella. It is interesting to know that Red Hat now supports the ManageIQ EVM products that were already in the market prior to this ManageIQ - Red Hat CloudForums 2.0 merger.

Then there was another need which was CloudForums to avoid new silos. That required a form of hybrid cloud management that could span different levels of platforms while still maintaining application portability across these different environments. Basically these were services that prompted the formation of CloudForums in the first place. It was built to merge different technologies that were otherwise isolated and then create resource pools that were commonly used by different platforms.

The full potential of these technologies can now be achieved as technology developed by Red Hat and that developed by ManageIQ can now be merged. The CloudForum technologies and ManageIQ technologies have been found to be very complementary to each other. Clearly, a merger was only the natural evolutionary step.

On some levels, products by these two different houses were actually trying to repair the same hybrid cloud management problems; although they might have been approaching those aforementioned problems from different angles prioritizing their cases differently. CloudForums could prioritize cross-platform image template function over operations function, which was prioritized higher by ManageIQ. The reason the algorithms for these problem solutions can be so easily merged is that both CLoudForums and ManageIQ were originally written in Ruby. Bringing the two different products together and unifying them under the ManageIQ - Red Hat CloudForums 2.0 was the perfect answer to tackle all these problems uniformly.

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