Abiquo http://www.abiquo.com Hybrid Cloud Software Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:36:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Abiquo 3.8.5 adds public cloud blueprints, enhances NSX, more library controls http://www.abiquo.com/2016/09/08/abiquo-3-8-5-adds-public-cloud-blueprints-enhances-nsx-library-controls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:19:02 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6439 Many business are seeking a simple way to enable their workgroups to be more independent from the IT department while retaining corporate governance and IT control. Abiquo’s new features enable the deployment of complex application templates across different infrastructures, without requiring users to adapt the configuration each time. Once deployed, Abiquo users can set up monitoring, alarms and alerts no matter what the physical platform - private cloud, public cloud or Docker hosts.

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  • Blueprints for public cloud, more NSX options and additional VM template controls with Abiquo 3.8.5

    Abiquo launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.8.5.

    Version 3.8.5 of the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution introduces three new major features:

    Improved Template Control

    Customers asked us to help them control the way users consume VM templates by adding constraints on the configuration. Abiquo 3.8.5 adds:

    • Minimum and maximum CPU and RAM values to set lower and upper bounds
    • Ability to create fixed configuration VM templates by setting the max/min to the same value
    • A new privilege to allow certain user roles to override the limits

    These features help cloud administrators ensure that users only select “reasonable” values for Virtual Machines, support VMs with applications sensitive to the virtual hardware config such as SAP HANA and help with capacity management by preventing very large VM deployments in smaller cloud deployments.

    Read more…

    Additional NSX options

    As one of the only true multi-tenant self-service cloud platforms to support VMware NSX for software defined networking, Abiquo is continually updating our solution to meet customer needs. Abiquo 3.8.2 introduced the NSX integration that works with the gateway blueprint, Abiquo 3.8.3 added support for external and public networks and now Abiquo 3.8.5 adds support for an additional ECMP blueprints over and above the gateway blueprint.

    Abiquo has plugins to support the following NSX blueprints for virtual datacenter networking:

    • Gateway using ESG router
      • The NSX gateway plugin creates a single ESG for use as router
      • Maximum 9 VXLANs
    • ECMP using DLR and ESG
      • The ECMP plugin creates a DLR and multiple ESGs as configured

    There is a LOT more in this release – too much to put in this post – such as support for External and Public networks, DHCP fallback, different network solutions per tenant and more.

    Read more…

    Use blueprints across private and public clouds

    Released with Abiquo 3.8, Virtual Appliance Specifications (“VApp Specs”) enabled users and admins to create application blueprints with complete configurations including VMs, networking, firewall policies and more. Users can deploy Specs to datacenters other than the one in which the Spec was created, and Abiquo 3.8 allocates resources and helps the user resolve issues such as missing templates.

    With public cloud support for Virtual Appliance Specs in Abiquo 3.8.5 users can

    • Create Specs in private cloud for use in public cloud
    • Deploy from Specs in public cloud
    • Create Specs from public cloud for use in private cloud<
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      Specs save the number of virtual resources in an abstract notation that is not related to any specific cloud technology. For example, for floating IPs in public cloud, Abiquo will save the use of a public network with the corresponding number of public IPs.

      A new VM preview pane helps users to see and edit VM configurations before the new Virtual Appliance is created from the Spec.

      Read more …

      Other improvements in Abiquo 3.8.5

      For a complete set of release notes, see our public wiki. Abiquo 3.8.5 is available as a free update to all current Abiquo customers.

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      Notes to editors:
      Please contact Abiquo on +44 (0) 203 1510900 / marketing@abiquo.com

      About Abiquo
      Cloud management experts Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading hybrid cloud management software, enabling both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

      With Abiquo-powered service providers being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015), Abiquo stands out from its competitors by offering an easy to use software platform to allow businesses to focus on delivering business value, rather than just cloud solutions, with a pricing model that is based around mutual success. Abiquo can provide support to its customers with cloud strategy and enterprise messaging, making it a bespoke cloud offering like no other.

      Abiquo is privately held and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe and an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com,?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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      ]]> Abiquo 3.8.2 adds NSX support, enhances blueprints and alerts http://www.abiquo.com/2016/05/05/abiquo-3-8-2-adds-nsx-support-enhances-blueprints-alerts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Thu, 05 May 2016 12:43:03 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6420 Many business are seeking a simple way to enable their workgroups to be more independent from the IT department while retaining corporate governance and IT control. Abiquo’s new features enable the deployment of complex application templates across different infrastructures, without requiring users to adapt the configuration each time. Once deployed, Abiquo users can set up monitoring, alarms and alerts no matter what the physical platform - private cloud, public cloud or Docker hosts.

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    VMWare NSX support, enhanced blueprints, improved monitoring with Abiquo 3.8.2

    Abiquo today launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.8.2.

    Version 3.8.2 of the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution introduces three new major features:

    Support for VMware NSX software defined networking

    Abiquo 3.8 introduced the user interface and API hooks for SDN, firewall and load balancer configuration. Abiquo 3.8.2 builds on that functionality, adding support for VMware NSX to deliver user-driven control of:

    • Network isolation
    • VXLAN management (Private networks)
    • Routing
    • DHCP
    • Firewall management (security group style)
    • Load balancer as a service

    This important release offers Abiquo customers an off-the-shelf solution to deliver software defined networking to their end users when using VMware virtualisation.

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    Additional items stored with bluprints and more customisation

    Released with Abiquo 3.8, Virtual Appliance Specifications (“VApp Specs”) enabled users and admins to create application blueprints with complete configurations including VMs, networking, firewall policies and more. Users can deploy Specs to datacenters other than the one in which the Spec was created, and Abiquo 3.8 allocates resources and helps the user resolve issues such as missing templates.

    Abiquo 3.8.2 adds the following configuration items to a VApp Spec:

    • VM metrics (hypervisor and custom), alarms and alerts
    • Volume and disk controller types

    This particularly enhances the ability to offer ready-to-go application configurations which may have custom metrics or specific disk controller needs.

    Also, when deploying from a Spec (“Materializing”) there are new preview screens which let users modify some VM parameters and help resolve any compatibility questions, such as details of firewall policies, load balancer configurations, VM variables, Chef runlist and parameters and alert subscribers.

    Read more …

    New monitoring alarms and alerts functionality

    Abiquo 3.8.2 now alerts when an alarm is deactivated, and more information is available through the API for integration to third party solutions. Apart from being more informative for end users, this functionality can support clearing of alarms or the updating of ticket status in external systems using the Abiquo outbound API.

    Read more…

    Other improvements in Abiquo 3.8.2

    For a complete set of release notes, see our public wiki. Abiquo 3.8.2 is available as a free update to all current Abiquo customers.

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    Notes to editors:
    Please contact Abiquo on +44 (0) 203 1510900 / marketing@abiquo.com

    About Abiquo
    Cloud management experts Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading hybrid cloud management software, enabling both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

    With Abiquo-powered service providers being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015), Abiquo stands out from its competitors by offering an easy to use software platform to allow businesses to focus on delivering business value, rather than just cloud solutions, with a pricing model that is based around mutual success. Abiquo can provide support to its customers with cloud strategy and enterprise messaging, making it a bespoke cloud offering like no other.

    Abiquo is privately held and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe and an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com,?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Abiquo 3.8.1 adds Hot Change of VMs and more blueprint control http://www.abiquo.com/2016/03/26/abiquo-3-8-1-adds-hot-change-vms-blueprint-control/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:36:30 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6408 Many business are seeking a simple way to enable their workgroups to be more independent from the IT department while retaining corporate governance and IT control. Abiquo’s new features enable the deployment of complex application templates across different infrastructures, without requiring users to adapt the configuration each time. Once deployed, Abiquo users can set up monitoring, alarms and alerts no matter what the physical platform - private cloud, public cloud or Docker hosts.

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  • More control over VMs, Blueprints and AWS networking

    Abiquo today launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.8.1.

    Version 3.8.1 of the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution introduces three new major features:

    Hot Add and Hot Reconfigure of Virtual Machines

    Abiquo 3.6.x introduced CPU and RAM hot-add options for VM templates on ESXi hypervisors so that users could reconfigure VMs directly in the hypervisor. Abiquo 3.8.1 introduces hot-add in the Abiquo user interface, hot-reconfigure of NICs and remote access, as well as hot reconfigure to add or remove SCSI disks. After these options are enabled, users can reconfigure (using the Abiquo UI or API) a virtual machine that is ON or PAUSED without powering it off.

    Read more…

    Control over deployment locations for App Blueprints

    Released with Abiquo 3.8, Virtual Appliance Specifications (“VApp Specs”) enabled users and admins to create application blueprints with complete configurations including VMs, networking, firewall policies and more. Users can deploy Specs to datacenters other than the one in which the Spec was created, and Abiquo 3.8 allocates resources and helps the user resolve issues such as missing templates.

    Abiquo customer requested additional control, so Abiquo 3.8.1 introduces the ability to limit the locations in which a Spec can be deployed.

    Read more …

    Additional networking options for AWS integration

    Abiquo 3.8.1 supports multiple IP addresses for VMs through the AWS integration. Users can onboard existing virtual machines with multiple IP addresses and create multiple IP addresses through Abiquo, including multiple Elastic IPs. In previous versions Abiquo supported one elastic network interface with one private IP address and one elastic IP address per instance.

    Abiquo 3.8.1 supports the number of IP addresses supported by the AWS hardware profile (instance type). Read more…

    Now if the user adds multiple IPs in the same subnet, Abiquo adds them to the same elastic network interface. And if the IPs are in a different subnet, Abiquo adds them to a different elastic network interface.

    Other improvements in Abiquo 3.8.1

    For a complete set of release notes, see our public wiki. Abiquo 3.8.1 is available as a free update to all current Abiquo customers.

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    Notes to editors:
    Please contact Abiquo on +44 (0) 203 1510900 / marketing@abiquo.com

    About Abiquo
    Cloud management experts Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading hybrid cloud management software, enabling both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

    With Abiquo-powered service providers being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015), Abiquo stands out from its competitors by offering an easy to use software platform to allow businesses to focus on delivering business value, rather than just cloud solutions, with a pricing model that is based around mutual success. Abiquo can provide support to its customers with cloud strategy and enterprise messaging, making it a bespoke cloud offering like no other.

    Abiquo is privately held and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe and an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com,?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Abiquo 3.8 adds app blueprints, alarms/alerts, SDN and more http://www.abiquo.com/2016/03/14/abiquo-3-8-adds-app-blueprints-alarms-alerts-sdn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:21:31 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6363 Many business are seeking a simple way to enable their workgroups to be more independent from the IT department while retaining corporate governance and IT control. Abiquo’s new features enable the deployment of complex application templates across different infrastructures, without requiring users to adapt the configuration each time. Once deployed, Abiquo users can set up monitoring, alarms and alerts no matter what the physical platform - private cloud, public cloud or Docker hosts.

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  • Simplify cloud workflow and get more control with Abiquo 3.8

    Abiquo today launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.8.
    Many business are seeking a simple way to enable their workgroups to be more independent from the IT department while retaining corporate governance and IT control. Abiquo’s new features enable the deployment of complex application templates across different infrastructures, without requiring users to adapt the configuration each time. Once deployed, Abiquo users can set up monitoring, alarms and alerts no matter what the physical platform – private cloud, public cloud or Docker hosts.

    Version 3.8 of the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution introduces four new major features:

    Simple deployment of complex apps

    With Abiquo 3.8’s new “Virtual Appliance Specifications” (or “VApp specs”) admins and users can create an application template which can include multiple VMs or Docker containers, networking configuration, firewall and load balancer policies, backup policies, storage tier requirements, anti-affinity needs and even VM/Docker variables and Chef recipes, if needed. Admins can Then select which tenant can access each template, control template versions and let them deploy with a click!

    The real magic happens when your users want to deploy to a different datacenter. If there’s a template missing, the storage tiers are configured differently or they don’t have the networking configured yet, it’s no problem! Abiquo walks the user through a simple process to choose a similar template, or select a storage tier, then automatically configures the networking needed and creates the application ready to deploy.

    Monitoring, Metrics, Custom Alarms and Alerts – for VMs and Docker Containers

    Building on Abiquo’s capabilities to monitor virtual machines on hypervisors, and in AWS public cloud regions, Abiquo 3.8 adds the ability for users to define their own alarms, based on metrics gathered by Abiquo or on their own custom metrics – or a combination! For example, create an alarm for an e-commerce server based on CPU exceeding 80% for 10 minutes and cart abandons exceeding 50 over the same period. Mix and match as you like! Even combine alarms from multiple VMs or containers to generate an alert – maybe combine an alarm based on high network traffic on a web server with CPU and IOPS on a database server.

    Software Defined Networking with OpenStack Neutron

    Building on existing support for firewall and load balancer configuration in public clouds such as Amazon AWS and Rackspace, Abiquo 3.8 offers support for private cloud firewalls and load balancers using OpenStack Neutron. With a consistent user interface across all cloud types, this makes it easier than ever to manage networking and security. Combined with the new Virtual Appliance Specifications, Abiquo users can now set up the networking and security configuration for their application and deploy anywhere, with Neutron providing support for a wide choice of network devices.

    Ian Finlay, COO of Abiquo comments:

    As business want to choose the best venue for their applications, they risk building ever more complex environments. Abiquo 3.8 helps them deal with that by having one consistent way to deploy, monitor and manage complex application, no matter what the infrastructure or technology. CIOs can now offer private cloud, public cloud and Docker as services to their business units, while service providers can broaden the range of their offerings without confusing their customers.

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    Notes to editors:
    Please contact Abiquo on +44 (0) 203 1510900 / marketing@abiquo.com

    About Abiquo
    Cloud management experts Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading hybrid cloud management software, enabling both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

    With Abiquo-powered service providers being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015), Abiquo stands out from its competitors by offering an easy to use software platform to allow businesses to focus on delivering business value, rather than just cloud solutions, with a pricing model that is based around mutual success. Abiquo can provide support to its customers with cloud strategy and enterprise messaging, making it a bespoke cloud offering like no other.

    Abiquo is privately held and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe and an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com,?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    New features added to version 3.6 http://www.abiquo.com/2015/12/03/new-features-added-to-version-3-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:45:24 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6286 Abiquo adds great new features including 2FA, OVA upload, additional monitoring options and more!

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  • Abiquo Cloud Platform leaps ahead!

    Here at Abiquo, our engineering team are a bit modest and have a real desire to help our customers get the most from their Abiquo platform. So, when they release “minor” updates, along with squishing any bugs they add features, often when requested by customers to help them win business or solve a challenge.

    Let’s review what was released with 3.6 and the subsequent updates – all links are to our wiki documentation so you can read about the details:

    New in Abiquo 3.6

    • Mobility – between data centres and up to compatible public clouds. Move your VM with a couple of clicks!
    • Onboard VDC from Public Cloud – got an existing AWS or Azure account? Bring all the VMs and network, security and loadbalancer config into Abiquo with a click
    • Collectd plugin – push your own custom metrics into Abiquo monitoring with our plugin for this open source tool
    • Metric Dimensions – more detailed metrics help you drill down to individual NIC level. Works for all dimensioned metrics.
    • XenServer Metrics – Monitor VMs on XenServer just like with ESX and KVM
    • ISO feature – upload ISO images, boot from them, attach and detach from VMs
    • Graceful Shutdown – if your hypervisor and guest support it, perform a soft shutdown instead of just a virtual power-off
    • OAuth Improvements – Use OAuth to authenticate other apps to use your Abiquo account
    • User Interface Changes – a bunch of improvements to speed up your usage of Abiquo, delegate more self-management and easier branding
    • Azure Improvements – Better, faster, stronger integration with Azure for true hybrid clouds
    • Hyper-V CSV – Support for clustered shared volumes as hypervisor datastores

    New in minor releases

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    Enterprises – make Docker work for you! http://www.abiquo.com/2015/11/16/enterprises-make-docker-work-for-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:06:42 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6282 Abiquo's hybrid cloud platform adds Docker monitoring and anti-affinity to its comprehensive multi tenant, multi NIC and managed storage features. Get Docker out from under the desk and into the Data Center!

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  • Break out of the silo

    Since the inception of Docker, developers have been excited with the possibilities it offers for portable applications and scalability. Their business’ IT departments, though, have what looks like another silo and technology to manage.

    Abiquo, the leaders in hybrid cloud management, added the ability to manage Docker hosts and enhance their usage with multi-NIC and multi tenant networking and security early in 2015. Now, Abiquo is pleased to announce a new set of features for Docker integration in Abiquo 3.8 to enable companies to productize and commercialize container services to their workgroups.

    IT infrastructure experts have been looking for enterprise-class monitoring, policy-based utilization controls and the same kind of anti-affinity configuration that can be used to great effect in hypervisors such as VMware ESX.

    What’s coming in Abiquo 3.8

    • Monitor Docker host resources, container resources and application metrics
    • Create alarms based on monitoring information. Compare containers, send a mail based on conditions
    • Improved scheduler/allocator for Docker. Now you can define oversubscription strategies as well as use our anti-affinity functionality to prevent certain containers being deployed to the same Docker host
    • Updated Docker support up to version 1.9

    This update follows Abiquo’s strategy of enabling enterprises and service providers to deliver container capabilities as a new technology capability in a data center, providing the same enterprise capabilities that the product offers for virtualization technologies or public cloud. One interface, one API, your choice of physical infrastructure and many integration capabilities..

    Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIN or at www.abiquo.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss for the latest on the Abiquo Hybrid Cloud solution.

    Ping us on contact@abiquo.com, @abiquo or LinkedIN if you are at Dockercon Europe and want to meet up and discuss how we can support your needs to get Docker from under the desk, into the data center!

    Read more about Abiquo’s Docker support here

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    MSPs – three key issues for your new cloud service http://www.abiquo.com/2015/11/16/msps-three-key-issues-for-your-new-cloud-service/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:20:35 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6277  Three considerations when adopting a successful cloud solution It’s all too easy for a business to jump on the cloud ‘bandwagon’, run ahead and start building a solution because it feels like the right thing to do, or because it’s what competitors have done and you don’t want to be left behind. The reality is […]

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  • Three considerations when adopting a successful cloud solution

    Cloud the future

    It’s all too easy for a business to jump on the cloud ‘bandwagon’, run ahead and start building a solution because it feels like the right thing to do, or because it’s what competitors have done and you don’t want to be left behind. The reality is that building a successful cloud service means taking a step back and planning carefully.

    To help with planning a successful cloud implementation there are several considerations for businesses before starting. If you’re heading the technical team tasked with getting your cloud service running, try to ensure the business has considered these as it will reduce the amount of re-work you’ll have to do!

    These are:

    What are our goals?

    Take the time to think about and clearly define what the end goals are. The first questions to ask on the way to doing this are:

    • What are the customer needs driving the service?
    • What is the competitive landscape?
    • How will you measure success?

    These questions will not only help business direction, but will also allow organisations the time to think about and clearly define what their objectives are and establish a realistic launch deadline. Over-complicating any one of these will only add to the time it takes to launch a new service and ultimately, cost money.

    What processes are affected?

    The biggest barrier to cloud is nothing to do with technology, it is the existing processes that are geared around the legacy way of doing business.

    Ultimately, with legacy processes likely to cause disruption to an organisations newly adopted cloud solution, a cloud management solution is vital, especially one that has the flexibility to integrate the cloud with processes.

    Choosing the right service for your business

    There’s a plethora of cloud computing solutions to choose from, so much so that finding the right cloud services for your business can seem totally bewildering. Aside from the obvious matching cloud services to your business needs, any business considering a cloud service provider should look for the following:

    • Trust – it’s an incredibly important and close-working relationship, so fully understanding your cloud service provider (CSP), its principles and its proven history is key to successful cloud adoption.
    • Customer support – technical support should be available to you online or by phone all day, every day, wherever your CSP may be based in the world
    • Scalability – business growth inevitably means your cloud computing needs to grow too. Can your CSP scale to accommodate your growing business? How easily can this be done and at what cost? Also, if your staff numbers increase, can you easily add additional numbers to the account?
    • Technical expertise – your CSP must understand your business objectives and be able to match that with its technical expertise. Engaging a CSP who has a strong understanding of your vertical market can help

    Deploying a cloud service can be a huge commitment, both financially and in terms of resources. Despite this, this is the future for storing information and something organisations need to get on board with. If providers looking to adopt a cloud solution take the above into consideration and stick to their guns in terms of needs and wants from possible solutions, a successful cloud deployment is attainable.

    To find out more, download our White Paper and check out our Case Studies of successful cloud deployments.

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    MSPs – how to get closer to your customers http://www.abiquo.com/2015/11/08/msps-how-to-get-closer-to-your-customers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Sun, 08 Nov 2015 11:29:40 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6269 As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) you’ve probably just accepted that your customers will use services from the large public clouds alongside your own. But is there a way for you to actually get closer to your customers whilst they diversify their infrastructure? How can you encourage them to consume as much of your resources as possible, while still providing the freedom they demand?

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  • Your customers will use other clouds – so what will you do?

    Change ahead!

    They’re probably doing it already!

    According to a recent study, approximately 82% of enterprises use more than one cloud service. With this in mind, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP) you’ve probably just accepted that your customers will use services from the large public clouds alongside your own. But is there a way for you to actually get closer to your customers whilst they diversify their infrastructure? How can you encourage them to consume as much of your resources as possible, while still providing the freedom they demand?

    No lock-in, but single pane of glass?

    In reality, enterprises are looking for providers that can deliver flexibility and adapt to their needs, coupled with the ability to easily move workloads between different environments. They have a greater awareness of the pitfalls of vendor lock-in, but are very receptive to the idea of a single portal that enables them to manage a range of cloud services. While this concept has been around for some time, its importance now more than ever can’t be overlooked.

    Of course, there are other considerations when your customers make purchasing decisions, such as where their data needs to reside, performance, cost, elasticity, Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) and support.

    Know your customer

    From the outset however, a couple of the most important questions MSPs should ask are:

    • Do you know how much resource your customers are using in the public cloud?
    • Can you tell when their usage changes?

    If your answer to these questions is “no”, it would be more useful for you to collect this information from the outset. Not only can you then spot when your customers are deploying a new cloud application, you can offer support to them and even manage it. Alongside this, you could propose a report which consolidates ALL their usage – a challenge that most CIOs can’t address without your help, and something of great value to them.

    This value to your business and to your customers is created by acting as the entry point for ALL your customer’s cloud accounts, even those workloads which are not deployed on your own infrastructure.

    Help them in, to help them out

    Whilst the advantages are clear, your customers can be wary of the effort needed to migrate to a cloud service, or between clouds, and to get their workloads and data out of the cloud. As a managed service provider, customers will look to you to help them with this. You’ll need to be able to bring their virtual machines into your cloud, but as their entry point into a range of clouds, you’ll need to help them move to the public cloud and avoid being locked in. Providers such as CloudSigma, Amazon or Azure are making an effort to facilitate this.

    Ultimately, customers are going to continue using multiple cloud services, and avoiding vendor lock-in. Instead of feeling competitive pressure however, you should embrace it by becoming a single point of access to these services, and providing customers with the management solution they are looking for.

    How you can serve your customer

    If you’d like to know how you can meet these seemingly conflicting goals, contact us and we’ll show you our unified cloud portal for your own offerings, which can also help your customers consume public clouds with your knowledge and support.

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    Case Study – Virtual1 – Selling cloud through resellers http://www.abiquo.com/download/case-study-virtual1-reseller-cloud/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=6265 Virtual1 is a leading wholesale network provider specialising in delivering bespoke cloud and connectivity solutions within the wholesale marketplace. The main cloud management platform requirement was the ability to have multiple brands on the same platform, with a security model that allowed Virtual1 to build a complex reseller/customer model. In addition, it needed a simplified […]

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    Virtual1 is a leading wholesale network provider specialising in delivering bespoke cloud and connectivity solutions within the wholesale marketplace.

    The main cloud management platform requirement was the ability to have multiple brands on the same platform, with a security model that allowed Virtual1 to build a complex reseller/customer model. In addition, it needed a simplified interface that provided access to extensive functionality of the virtualisation layer with the ability to establish a hierarchy of access.

    This case study reviews Virtual1’s requirements, why Abiquo was chosen and the results they achieved.

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    Abiquo Delivers Hybrid Cloud Mobility with Abiquo 3.6 http://www.abiquo.com/2015/09/11/abiquo-3-6-hybrid-cloud-mobility-onboarding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:17:12 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6249 Abiquo today launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.4. With many CIOs and IT managers struggling with managing virtualisation, public clouds and the emergence of Docker container technology, Abiquo 3.4 is designed to provide them with the tools they require in order to help improve the agility of their businesses, control the costs of IT systems, while maintaining compliance with the IT policies that senior management demands.

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  • Abiquo 3.6 introduces two major features: mobility and onboarding public cloud

    Abiquo today launches the latest version of its cloud management platform – Abiquo 3.6.
    Many businesses still remain hesitant about cloud adoption, despite being aware of all the benefits it can provide. This is mainly due to the concerns around lack of speed, visibility and control required to rapidly migrate server workloads into the cloud. Abiquo’s new features, however, help to increase the simplicity with which businesses can move workloads between on-premises and public cloud environments, and in turn helps them to regain control of existing public cloud deployments.

    Abiquo 3.6 introduces two new major features to its platform:

    Mobility

    In Abiquo 3.6, hybrid cloud features have been added to deliver cloud mobility, an emerging trend aimed at making workload migration across platforms seamless, as well as making the management of private-cloud deployments efficient and cost-effective. Abiquo already featured migration between hypervisor types in the same data centre; this upgrade to the mobility feature enables users to move a machine image to a different private data centre or compatible public cloud.

    This new enhancement enables users to export multi-disk templates to other datacentres managed by Abiquo, as well as single-disk templates to public cloud regions in Amazon Web Services and Azure. As with all other Abiquo features, this is controlled by a comprehensive set of privileges, and is available through the Abiquo API for full automation if desired.

    Onboarding

    The new onboarding cloud feature in Abiquo 3.6 delivers the ability for users to “capture” a set of elements from the public cloud into Abiquo’s virtual datacentre, including virtual machines and network, firewall and load balancer configurations. This gives users and CIOs the opportunity to get control of a wide range of disparate cloud types, and is a key function to help business bring all their cloud resources into a single hybrid cloud platform.

    These are in addition to existing features including a revolutionary plugin that works with Docker containers; this plugin helps companies to manage multiple real production workloads running in Docker containers with the same level of control, security and auditing they expect from their hypervisor infrastructure.

    Other enhancements include improvements to user workflow, improved performance and access to additional regions when using Azure, support for Clustered Shared Volumes with Hyper-V and more.

    Ian Finlay, COO of Abiquo comments:

    Many businesses are sceptical of cloud adoption due to some of the myths associated with it, such as needing a whole new infrastructure and team to run it. In fact, businesses experience a reduction in costs by moving to an Abiquo hybrid cloud platform. It also acts as an enabler so ultimately can free up time for the IT department and increase the responsiveness of the team and deliver extra business flexibility. The hybrid cloud features within Abiquo 3.6 allows you to take control; you pick the relevant parts for your business and manage it all through one orchestration platform, rather than multiple platforms. Instead of having more to manage, everything will be under the one system.

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    Notes to editors:
    Please contact Berkeley PR on 0118 9090 909 / abiquo@berkeleypr.co.uk

    About Abiquo
    Cloud management experts Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading hybrid cloud management software, enabling both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

    With Abiquo-powered service providers being named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015), Abiquo stands out from its competitors by offering an easy to use software platform to allow businesses to focus on delivering business value, rather than just cloud solutions, with a pricing model that is based around mutual success. Abiquo can provide support to its customers with cloud strategy and enterprise messaging, making it a bespoke cloud offering like no other.

    Abiquo is privately held and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe and an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com,?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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