This is going to be a series of blogs to go through the setup and running of ManageIQ in a lab environment.

ManageIQ is an orchestration tool that when setup will help you keep your infrastructure running smoothly and consistent. It can be used for reporting, self-service portal, compliance checking and enforcement, provisioning and de-provisioning, automation. It auto discovers and can be installed on various platforms ( VMware, RHEV/OVIRT,  QEmu/KVM, Azure, SCVMM, Vagrant, Docker ). It has the ability to also work on your public clouds and currently has support for ( AWS, Azure, Google & Openstack)

Continuous Discovery: Connect ManageIQ to your virtualization, container, network, and storage management systems, where it will discover inventory, map relationships, and listen for changes. The result is a rich, up-to-date and cross-referenced dataset that forms the basis for our advanced management capabilities.

Self Service: Define bundles of resources and publish them in a service catalog, from where they can be ordered by end users. Once provisioned, you can manage the full life cycle of a service, including policy, compliance, delegated operations, chargeback/showback, and retirement.

Compliance: Scan the contents of your VMs, hosts, and containers, and combine with auto discovery data to create advanced security and compliance policies. Content scanning works without the help of an agent and therefore works for any VM including foreign and un-cooperative ones.

Optimization: Capture metrics for your VMs, containers, and hosts to understand current utilization and normal operating ranges. Then use this data to find unused systems, get right-sizing recommendations, do capacity planning, and run what-if scenarios.

Agentless: ManageIQ does not depend on agents, and is therefore extremely easy to install and operate.

SmartState Analysis: SmartState analysis allows ManageIQ to peek inside virtual machines, containers and hosts to discover their contents.

Scalable Architecture: The ManageIQ virtual appliance can be deployed standalone, or as part of a federated global deployment.