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ManageIQ Botvinnik is Here – Control All the Things

June 12, 2015 in Syndicated

We’re very happy to announce that ManageIQ Botvinnik is now generally available. This marks the first full release cycle for ManageIQ as an open source project. As mentioned in previous announcements, we name our releases alphabetically after chess world champions. For the “B” release, we selected Mikhail Botvinnik, a Soviet chess champion from the 1950’s. The “C” release cycle is named after Jose Raul Capablanca, a Cuban world chess champion from 1921-1927.

For the impatient, here’s what you need to know:

Cloud management is very quickly morphing into systems management, to the point where the difference between the two is increasingly indistinguishable. Everyone has a cloud, somewhere. Everyone has a virtualization platform. ManageIQ has had management capabilities for popular platforms of both for some time.

What’s new in the Botvinnik release, which marks the beginning of ManageIQ’s evolution from “Your gateway to the open cloud” to “Control all the things,” brings several important new features, including:

  • More and better integration with cloud orchestration frameworks, including CloudFormations and OpenStack Heat.
  • Comprehensive support for OpenStack infrastructure management.
  • Bare metal provisioning and other integrations with The Foreman.
  • The beginning of container management and Kubernetes integration

One of the key differentiators for ManageIQ is that it all starts with a comprehensive asset inventory and the relationships between them. Orchestration, automation, and the policy engine are built on that inventory base. First, know what is there, and then decide how to automate it. Other cloud management tools start with provisioning but lack the features necessary for what is described as “day 2 management.” ManageIQ was built from the ground up following design principles geared for day 2 management. It can do provisioning as well, but its holistic, comprehensive approach is what truly sets it apart.

Botvinnik has a host of new features, and these are just a sample:

OpenStack Infrastructure Management (Undercloud)

  • Infrastructure Provider (undercloud) in 2015
  • Inventory for Heat Stacks
  • Connect Cloud provider to Infra provider
  • Autoscale compute nodes via Automate
  • Infrastructure Host Events & Event processing
  • Handling of power states (paused, rebooting, waiting, etc.)
  • Tenant filtering based on security groups, floating IPs, and networks.

Foreman Provider Integration

  • Enabled Reporting / Tagging
  • Exposed Foreman models as Automate service models
  • Zone enablement
  • Added tag processing during provisioning
  • Added inventory collection of direct and inherited host/host-group settings
  • Organization and location inventory

Amazon AWS Support

  • Inventory collection for AWS CloudFormation
  • Parsing of parameters from orchestration templates
  • Amazon Events via AWS Config service
  • Enables event-based policies for AWS
  • Added C4, D2, and G2 instance types.
  • Virtualization type collected during EMS refresh for better filtering of available types during provisioning.
  • Handling of power states

Orchestration Management

  • Orchestration Stacks includes tagging
  • Cloud Stacks: Summary and list views.
  • Orchestration templates
  • Create, edit, delete, tagging, ‘draft’ support
  • Create Service Dialog from template contents
  • Enabled Reporting / Tagging
  • Improved rollback error message in UI
  • Collect Stack Resource name and status reason message

Other Changes

  • REST API: now at full parity with SOAP
  • REST API: Added VM management capabilities
    • Custom attributes
    • Add lifecycle events
    • Start, stop, suspend, delete
  • Automate: new retirement workflow
  • Fleecing: now supports qcow3, VSAN, OpenStack instances, systemd, XFS
  • Kubernetes: EMS refresh scheduling, inventory collection

The comprehensive changelog is here.

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All About Botvinnik Webinar – June 9

June 3, 2015 in Syndicated

RSVP for the Botvinnik webinar!

We’re quickly coming up on the official release of ManageIQ Botvinnik. If you’re curious about what are the most important additions to ManageIQ and how to use them, come to our online meetup next week where we’ll walk through the major changes and run through some demos to show them in action.

RSVP at our EventBrite page. After you RSVP, we’ll send you a link for viewing the event.

This is a great way to get familiar with all the great things we’ve added over the last 7 – 8 months.

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Additions to Planet ManageIQ

May 8, 2015 in Syndicated

If you’ve been visiting Planet ManageIQ recently, you know we’ve made some additions:

  • All Things Open – James Labocki’s blog covering lots of ground on open source cloud infrastructure software and cloud management in general
  • The Foreman Blog – With the Foreman integration being a big part of the upcoming Botvinnik release, we thought it would be good to keep up with what’s happening on that project
  • Pulp Project Blog – Pulp is an interesting project tied to the Foreman community with software for repository management

These are in addition to the blog feeds already aggregated on Planet ManageIQ:

Bookmark and enjoy!

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Botvinnik RC3 is here

May 7, 2015 in Syndicated

The next Botvinnik release candidate, RC3, is now ready for download. Either use the site’s download workflow or pick what you want from the list of available images. Report issues in this thread and link to the GitHub issue URL.

If this one proves ready, we’ll crank up the release machine for official GA.

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Agenda for ManageIQ User Day at OpenStack Summit

April 30, 2015 in Syndicated

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we are having a day to ourselves on Wednesday, May 20 at the upcoming OpenStack Summit in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

We’ve been prepping and now have an agenda:

  • 1:50 – 2:30 pm – Managing OpenStack Infrastructure with ManageIQ, John Hardy, Red Hat
    • Learn how adding hybrid cloud management capabilities brings enterprise readiness to OpenStack, by the product manager who makes it go for customers
  • 2:40 – 4:10 pm – ManageIQ Lab #1
    • This is an opportunity to get your hands dirty and work with a live ManageIQ deployment. Learn what makes it the leading open source hybrid cloud management platform.
  • 4:30 – 5:10 pm – ManageIQ Lab #2
    • Same as above, now fueled by an afternoon snack break
  • 5:10 – 6pm – Botvinnik Release Party
    • ManageIQ Botvinnik is into its 2nd release candidate, with a third around the corner. Celebrate Botvinnik’s imminent birth with some food and beverage on us.

RSVP now – space is limited!

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ManageIQ Community Sprints – Now with Trello

April 29, 2015 in Syndicated

If you’ve been participating in our sprint reports, you’ve no doubt found them to be an excellent way to stay apprised of feature progress in ManageIQ. I’m happy to announce that our community activities are now part of the 3-week sprints and included in the sprint reports.

You can also stay up to date with all community activities on our Trello board, or just stay tuned for the next sprint report.

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ManageIQ at OpenStack Summit

April 28, 2015 in Syndicated

I’m pleased to announce that the ManageIQ project will have a big showing at the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here are the activities we have on tap:

  • Monday, May 18: Birds of a feather – an hour-long extravaganza where we will talk about the latest and greatest in the ManageIQ community
  • Wednesday, May 20: ManageIQ Community Day – this will be a day-long workshop starting with introductory talks in the morning, a hands-on lab in the afternoon, and finishing up the day with a nice mixer
  • Wednesday, May 20: Not to forget, John Hardy will have a session in the summit on the subject of OpenStack Infrastructure Management with ManageIQ

RSVP for the community day on our Eventbrite page.

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Podcast – All About the Jellyfish Cloud Broker

March 31, 2015 in Syndicated

I sat down with Chris Hample and Chris Kacerguis from Booz Allen Hamilton to discuss their newest release of the Jellyfish Cloud Broker, which is at version 2 as of this writing.

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Survivor’s Guilt

February 10, 2015 in Musings

John Goebel

Now that I’ve had two gastro tests with negative results, I feel safe in saying that I don’t have any serious gastrointestinal diseases or cancer. I feel some combination of relief but also a tad of survivor’s guilt. In addition to my brother, I’ve had other friends and family succumb to gastric and colon cancers over the years.

It all seems like such a crap shoot – some of us “win” the genetic lottery of cancer mutations, and some of us survive with decent health – for now, at least. It begs the question, why do some of us stay in good health where others have the incredible bad luck, through no fault of their own, of getting terminal illness. In these past few months since James was diagnosed with gastric cancer, I have often wondered what I have done to deserve my (thus far) decent state of health. The reality is that I’ve done nothing – I don’t regularly exercise and I don’t pay much attention to what or how much I eat. It all feels grossly unfair.

I’ll never forget when John Goebel told me he had been diagnosed with Colon cancer. It blew my mind. Here was this 38-year-old who was the epitome of good health: ate right, exercised, and looked great. He looked 10 years younger than his age. It seemed like such a cruel joke that he would be the one to leave behind his family while many of us with poor lifestyle habits have the luxury of seeing our children grow up.

Then again, I could be diagnosed tomorrow with some terminal illness or die in a horrible accident, rendering this post entirely moot. If the last 6 months have taught me anything, it’s that these things can change rather rapidly.

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Community Depot is Live – and in BETA

December 5, 2014 in Syndicated

We can now take the covers off of the ManageIQ Community Depot and show it to you live. Just understand it’s in beta and may (will) have some bugs. The Depot is where you can share, download and collaborate on extensions and other software built for ManageIQ.

If you want to contribute your code to the Depot, just follow the steps in the If you find any issues with the site, please report them on our GitHub tracker.

We will be adding a significant number of extensions and other software components that help to round out your ManageIQ deployments. Submit yours today – or collaborate on an existing project.