Abiquo http://www.abiquo.com Hybrid Cloud Software Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New features added to version 3.6 http://www.abiquo.com/2015/12/03/new-features-added-to-version-3-6/ 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/ 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 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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, email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Analyst Report – 451 – Abiquo , Docker and Hybrid Cloud http://www.abiquo.com/download/analyst-report-451-abiquo-docker/ Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:38:22 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=6248 451 Impact Report – Abiquo and Docker Abiquo’s trajectory is taking it quickly toward the realm of full-service (and service-agnostic) cloud management, with support for public and private clouds, Docker, templating and blueprinting, decision (broker) and transformation (VM mobility) engines, orchestration, auto-scaling, and more. out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will […]

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    451 Impact Report – Abiquo and Docker
    Abiquo’s trajectory is taking it quickly toward the realm of full-service (and service-agnostic) cloud management, with support for public and private clouds, Docker, templating and blueprinting, decision (broker) and transformation (VM mobility) engines, orchestration, auto-scaling, and more. out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will become an interesting choice for firms that may be assessing other candidates.

    Download the complete report!

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    Xtium implements Abiquo’s hybrid cloud software http://www.abiquo.com/2015/09/02/xtium-implements-abiquo-hybrid-cloud-software/ Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:52:46 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6236  US service provider deploys hybrid cloud with Abiquo Highlights One of the biggest names in US cloud computing, Xtium has announced its implementation of hybrid cloud software from provider, Abiquo. The deal, spanning forty-two months, deploys Abiquo’s hybrid cloud solution across Xtium’s three data centres. Project goals The long-term aim of the project is to […]

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  • US service provider deploys hybrid cloud with Abiquo

    Highlights

    One of the biggest names in US cloud computing, Xtium has announced its implementation of hybrid cloud software from provider, Abiquo. The deal, spanning forty-two months, deploys Abiquo’s hybrid cloud solution across Xtium’s three data centres.

    Project goals

    The long-term aim of the project is to migrate most, if not all, of its large customer base (SMBs and divisions of larger enterprises) to its Abiquo platform. This migration will allow Xtium and its customers to deploy new applications faster and in a more consistent way than before, and to benefit from a straightforward and clear user interface to manage and control their virtual environments. Abiquo’s comprehensive integration options support Xtium in extending the platforms’ capabilities to offer innovative cloud services.

    Market evaluation

    Following an extensive market evaluation, Xtium found Abiquo’s product and roadmap to be closely aligned with the strategy it had in place for its own future. Xtium has been provided with a ready to use solution that fits its requirements exactly without the need to design and build a cloud portal from scratch, which would have been costly and time-expensive.

    End customer benefits

    Cloud computing is still a growing market and with the growing number of organisations using both public and private cloud solutions in tandem, but having no means to sync the management process, hybrid cloud solutions are a good business move for the future. Abiquo provides a unified management solution for both public and private cloud environments which, in turn, allows for greater flexibility and efficiency for the end customer.

    Working with Abiquo

    David Rode, CEO at Xtium says:

    “The team at Abiquo is up there amongst the best technology partners we’ve worked with. The whole team is responsive and flexible from not only a different time zone, but the other side of the world, providing us with not only the best available technology, but also the best customer service. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

    Ian Finlay, Chief Operating Officer at Abiquo says: “We are delighted to work with Xtium. Not only has the company shown its commitment to us with a forty-two month deal, but it shows that hybrid cloud is truly the way forward for businesses of all kinds.”

    Mr Finlay continues: “What’s also great about this deal is it shows that there is still room in this market for high quality service providers to offer their own solutions, rather than trying to compete with the hyperscale providers on cost. Hybrid cloud delivers the best of both worlds to the end customer and helps service providers retain customer ownership across all their cloud computing needs.”

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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, email Sales@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Audio blog: What is Shadow IT? http://www.abiquo.com/2015/08/31/audio-blog-what-is-shadow-it/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:05:33 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6223   You may also like to read the related White Paper.  

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    Abiquo’s Hybrid Cloud Management Platform now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace http://www.abiquo.com/2015/08/24/abiquo-hybrid-cloud-microsoft-azure-marketplace/ Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:06:35 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6228  Get your hybrid cloud running in less time than ever before! Cloud management expert Abiquo today announced its hybrid cloud management platform is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Abiquo will enable simplified deployment and management of compute, storage and network services across Azure, reducing barriers for those looking to consume hybrid cloud within their […]

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  • Get your hybrid cloud running in less time than ever before!

    Cloud management expert Abiquo today announced its hybrid cloud management platform is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Abiquo will enable simplified deployment and management of compute, storage and network services across Azure, reducing barriers for those looking to consume hybrid cloud within their current business model.

    Deploy from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

    Abiquo’s hybrid cloud management software offering, proven in service providers worldwide, enables enterprises to manage all of their public cloud accounts more easily and securely through a ready-to-use solution offered in the Azure Marketplace. Abiquo also extends to the enterprises on premise virtualisation and container solutions to give more visibility and control of all the infrastructure managed by the platform. Enterprises can reap the benefits of hybrid public and private clouds while giving their users consistent access they demand through a single user interface and API.

    More visibility, more control, more productivity

    “At Abiquo, we aim to provide an unbeatable hybrid cloud solution – providing more visibility, control and rapid provisioning in a single online application – and are delighted that Microsoft has welcomed our services in the Azure Marketplace,” said Ian Finlay, COO of Abiquo. “Abiquo offers support to help enterprises streamline management and control of their cloud services bringing benefits such as improved flexibility and scalability, compliance and boost in employee productivity.”

    “Abiquo helps offer customers a new option to successfully drive value and efficiency in hybrid cloud scenarios,” said Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “We are excited that Abiquo is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.”

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

    About Abiquo
    Abiquo is a provider of hybrid cloud management software that has been specifically architected to be hardware and hypervisor independent. Founded in 2006, Abiquo’s hybrid cloud management software, enables both service providers and enterprise organisations to easily manage multiple public and private cloud environments from one central platform.

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