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I recently had the privilege of being invited to attend internal Red Hat training for a workload automation and orchestration tool called Red Hat CloudForms. CloudForms strives to address the problems associated with disparate and heterogeneous virtual farms from integration, provisioning and scaling through to charging and reporting. In short CloudForms is a cloud management platform or CMP.
IT Automation continues to be one of the “Top 5” priorities for CIOs however in most enterprise organisations you don’t have to look far to find an “elephant graveyard” of automation tool-sets that are either partially deployed or being decommissioned.
I have been attending linux.conf.au yearly since 2005 and this year the conference was held in Perth. Despite the time of year and being a number of hours flight from the other Australasian cities there was still around 450 people attending.
Historically $/GB has been the measure C-level management have used to make storage investment decisions. Today there are a myriad of on-premise and cloud storage offerings in the market which mean that this traditional metric may be fast becoming irrelevant.