CloudForms already has sophisticated capabilities in terms of building and managing hybrid cloud infrastructure. CloudForms hit its 1.0 release in June of 2012 and was updated to version 1.1 in December. One of the key components of CloudForms is the Apache Deltacloud open source project that enables the integration of diverse compute capacities into logical clouds.
At this point, Red Hat is still in the early process of planning the full integration and does not have firm dates for the delivery of the new integrated CloudForm product. Che stressed that overall there is extremely little overlap between what CloudForms does today and what ManageIQ will enable.
“ManageIQ is focused on the operational management of and cloud infrastructure, things such as monitoring, orchestration, analytics and chargeback,” Che said. “These are capabilities that we have not built out in CloudForms.”