Abiquo http://www.abiquo.com Hybrid Cloud Software Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:36:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Audio blog: What Abiquo brings to Service Providers http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/24/audio-blog-what-abiquo-brings-to-service-providers/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/24/audio-blog-what-abiquo-brings-to-service-providers/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:36:55 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6211    

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    Case Study – Cari.net – Global Cloud Service since 2011 http://www.abiquo.com/download/case-study-cari-net-global-cloud-service-since-2011/ http://www.abiquo.com/download/case-study-cari-net-global-cloud-service-since-2011/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:01:04 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=6208 CARI.net is a US-based semi-managed service provider with over ten years’ experience in delivering a variety of cloud and dedicated server products to small and medium sized businesses globally. Initially installed in 2011, Cari.net has long term real-world experience of Abiquo in large scale production. This case study explores Cari.net’s requirements for a cloud management […]

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    CARI.net is a US-based semi-managed service provider with over ten years’ experience in delivering a variety of cloud and dedicated server products to small and medium sized businesses globally.

    Initially installed in 2011, Cari.net has long term real-world experience of Abiquo in large scale production.

    This case study explores Cari.net’s requirements for a cloud management platform, their choice of Abiquo following an extensive evaluation, and the benefits they and their customers achieved.

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    Audio blog: Time to be proactive with Public IT http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/22/audio-blog-be-proactive-with-public-cloud/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/22/audio-blog-be-proactive-with-public-cloud/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:07:35 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6191    

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    Audio blog: Public IT is more about the application than infrastructure http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/21/audio-blog-public-it-is-more-about-the-application-than-infrastructure/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/07/21/audio-blog-public-it-is-more-about-the-application-than-infrastructure/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:50:26 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6188    

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    New launch of Abiquo 3.4 incorporates Docker integration http://www.abiquo.com/2015/06/01/abiquo-3-4-released/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/06/01/abiquo-3-4-released/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:06:17 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=6033 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 Expands Cloud Management for CIOs with Launch of Docker support in Abiquo 3.4

    Abiquo 3.4 introduces two major features: Docker integration and virtual machine
    templates with multiple disks

    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.

    Abiquo 3.4 introduces two new major features to its platform:

    Docker

    Abiquo 3.4 has a revolutionary new plugin to work with Docker containers. These technologies have recently started making in-roads within enterprises and service providers due to the cost and efficiency offered compared to traditional hypervisors. With this new plugin, Docker becomes truly multi-tenant, ensuring that companies will be able 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. Using Docker is now as easy as using a VM on a hypervisor, dramatically reducing the need to learn terminal commands. Abiquo’s technology also improves Docker’s usage of networks and storage. For DevOps teams, Abiquo brings its consistent REST API to Docker, giving unified programmatic access to all infrastructure types. For Admins, Abiquo’s logging and reporting extends its class-leading management to Docker for true enterprise-grade control.

    By adding Docker to its offering, enterprises and Service Providers can use Abiquo to offer true hybrid clouds to the business units and customers who need them. By deploying Abiquo 3.4 they can move Docker systems from under the desk to the data centre, managing them alongside VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM and Citrix systems and their public cloud accounts from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, DigitalOcean and more.

    New public cloud support

    Abiquo 3.4 extends its public cloud support, introducing IBM SoftLayer and CloudSigma as new public clouds which can be offered through the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution. This support can be used by service providers to extend their offerings, and by enterprises to fully manage a wide range of on-premise and public cloud infrastructures.

    Multi-disk templates

    Abiquo 3.4 now supports virtual machine templates with multiple disks. This will enable customers to create templates that fulfil sophisticated drive requirements for specific applications, particularly in Microsoft Windows environments. Virtual machines provide companies with the flexibility of virtualisation without spending the time and money to buy and maintain the hardware that hosts the virtual machine.

    These are in addition to existing features including virtual machine and application monitoring capabilities, which provides users with visibility over the performance of their cloud workloads, with all metrics accessible through one single integrated portal. Other existing features include: Added support for Microsoft Azure, which enables users to easily add and manage the environment as an Abiquo public cloud region within the Abiquo 3.2 cloud management platform; and an OpenStack plugin, which helps customers reap the benefits of a flexible and agile infrastructure.

    “The very nature of the cloud means that CIOs and senior IT decision makers often worry that they have lost control and visibility of their IT estate. With the launch of Abiquo 3.4 these fears can be addressed.”

    comments Ian Finlay, COO at Abiquo.

    “The addition of Docker support, new public clouds and multi-disk templates means CIOs will have more control than ever before and gain a 360 degree view of their infrastructure, both now and in the future.”

    Abiquo 3.4 is available now. For more information about the features of Abiquo 3.4 and how it can benefit businesses, please visit: http://www.abiquo.com/latest-release-feature-highlights/ or contact us.

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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 hybrid public and private cloud environments and Docker hosts and containers from one central platform.

    Abiquo is privately held, and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe, and through its extensive global partner network. The company operates globally, with over 3,000 enterprises using the software daily. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com, email Sales_UK@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Case Study – Easynet – Launching a Cloud Service http://www.abiquo.com/download/case-study-easynet-abiquo/ http://www.abiquo.com/download/case-study-easynet-abiquo/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:51:05 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=5896 Easynet is a leading managed service provider with over twenty years’ experience delivering integrated networks, hosting and unified communications services to both national and global customers. It offers its expanding customer base the freedom to choose the IT infrastructure options that meet their exacting business requirements. This case study explores Easynet’s requirements for a cloud […]

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    Easynet is a leading managed service provider with over twenty years’ experience delivering integrated networks, hosting and unified communications services to both national and global customers. It offers its expanding customer base the freedom to choose the IT infrastructure options that meet their exacting business requirements.

    This case study explores Easynet’s requirements for a cloud management platform, their choice of Abiquo as part of their cloud product strategy, and the benefits they gained by that choice.

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    Analyst Report – 451 – Abiquo updates core cloud management platform http://www.abiquo.com/download/451-analyst-report-451-abiquo-updates-core-cloud-management-platform/ http://www.abiquo.com/download/451-analyst-report-451-abiquo-updates-core-cloud-management-platform/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:38:56 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=5888 The 451 Take Abiquo has navigated some twists and turns in corporate development, but is bedding down a technology stack in use at a creditable number of mid-tier managed service providers. As it builds out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will become an interesting choice for firms that may be assessing […]

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    The 451 Take
    Abiquo has navigated some twists and turns in corporate development, but is bedding down a technology stack in use at a creditable number of mid-tier managed service providers. As it builds out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will become an interesting choice for firms that may be assessing other candidates.

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    Abiquo at the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Conference http://www.abiquo.com/2015/03/12/abiquo-at-the-enterprise-cloud-computing-and-virtualisation-conference/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/03/12/abiquo-at-the-enterprise-cloud-computing-and-virtualisation-conference/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:11:36 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=5885  Just a quick post to say we’re going to be at the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Conference at the Russell Hotel in London next Wednesday 18th March. If you’d like to attend, you can register at: http://www.whitehallmedia.co.uk/eccv/ Hope to see you there!  

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  • Just a quick post to say we’re going to be at the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Conference at the Russell Hotel in London next Wednesday 18th March.

    If you’d like to attend, you can register at:

    http://www.whitehallmedia.co.uk/eccv/

    Hope to see you there!

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    Easynet turns to Abiquo to create hybrid cloud service offering http://www.abiquo.com/2015/02/02/easynet-turns-abiquo-create-hybrid-cloud-service-offering/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/02/02/easynet-turns-abiquo-create-hybrid-cloud-service-offering/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:07:38 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=5865 Easynet has enlisted the help of hybrid cloud software provider Abiquo to form the foundation of its global cloud strategy: ‘hybrid by design’. The deployment spans seven nodes across five key regions; UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

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  • Leading managed service provider selects Abiquo’s cloud management platform to enhance hybrid cloud strategy

    London, December 2014 – Easynet has enlisted the help of hybrid cloud software provider Abiquo to form the foundation of its global cloud strategy: ‘hybrid by design’. The global managed services provider has selected Abiquo’s cloud management platform in order to create a unified cloud platform and deliver a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution to its customers.

    With fully integrated cloud solutions across private, private-shared and public cloud environments, Easynet needed a cloud management platform that could simplify control and management of all virtual environments. After looking at a number of providers within the cloud management market, Easynet chose Abiquo due to its level of support for multiple hypervisors, extensive range of support for public cloud providers, its simple and clear user interface, and comprehensive integration options.

    The deployment spans seven nodes across five key regions; UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Two further regions – APAC and the Americas – will be added in the first half of 2015. By providing a unified cloud management platform across multiple regions, Easynet has been able to further standardise its cloud portfolio and deliver non-bespoke, repeatable, high quality solutions to its customers.

    Phillip Grannum Easynet Philip Grannum, MD UC, Hosting & Cloud Services, Easynet, commented:
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    “We wanted to provide our customers with immediate access to a unified management solution for multiple cloud environments. Abiquo offered us the perfect solution – providing complete visibility, control and rapid provisioning in a single online application.

    “We have seen multiple benefits since implementing the Abiquo cloud management platform, including increased customer satisfaction, compliance and employee productivity. From day one, the way in which Abiquo engaged with our business was fantastic. The team worked closely with us to provide input and advice to help us evolve our proposition, and moving forward we’re confident that they are wholly committed to supporting us as their solution continues to develop,”

    Grannum concludes.

    Ian Finlay, Vice President of Abiquo added: “We’re delighted to be able to support Easynet on its cloud journey, and continue to work closely to help the company to streamline management and control as its cloud portfolio develops. The fact that Easynet plans to extend the use of the Abiquo cloud management platform across more regions and is using it to form the basis of its cloud offering, really demonstrates the value that the solution can bring to organisations. Although we predominantly aim to provide an unbeatable hybrid cloud solution, many of our customers have found that by using Abiquo they see other business benefits. Some of these include increased efficiency and improved enablement.”

    Easynet initially deployed version 2.6 of Abiquo’s hybrid cloud management platform, recently upgrading to the latest version 3.2 with its enhanved hybrid cloud support and integrated monitoring.

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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.

    Abiquo is privately held, and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe, and through its extensive global partner network. The company operates globally, with over 3,000 enterprises using the software daily. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com, email Sales_UK@abiquo.com, or follow us on Twitter @abiquo.

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    Bring Shadow IT into the Light http://www.abiquo.com/2015/02/02/bring-shadow-light/ http://www.abiquo.com/2015/02/02/bring-shadow-light/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 09:54:47 +0000 http://www.abiquo.com/?p=5855 Shadow IT presents significant threats to enterprise information security and availability that can impact your customers, and in turn affect your revenue. In some cases, customers may leave if you have a sustained outage or loss of client data. Similarly, if end-users who’ve deployed their own cloud apps leave, taking passwords with them, the enterprise can become locked out of their account. If this were to happen, the loss of client data, or more importantly the loss of enterprise data presents a real risk to both reputation and security.

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  • According to recent research, many CIOs are struggling to control the rise of shadow IT within their organisation, with over two thirds of business decision makers now commissioning and sourcing IT products from outside the IT department.

    This means the IT division can no longer regulate all IT solutions implemented within the organisation; they have little to no control. A shadow IT ecosystem has emerged where every single employee has the potential to act independently from the IT department, implementing cloud applications that may be convenient to them, but could pose a significant threat to their organisation’s information security and availability, potentially impacting its customers and in turn its revenue.

    Shadow IT presents significant threats to enterprise information security and availability that can impact your customers, and in turn affect your revenue. In some cases, customers may leave if you have a sustained outage or loss of client data. Similarly, if end-users who’ve deployed their own cloud apps leave, taking passwords with them, the enterprise can become locked out of their account. If this were to happen, the loss of client data, or more importantly the loss of enterprise data presents a real risk to both reputation and security.

    With this problem only set to get worse over the next two years, enterprises need to accept the fact that shadow IT is here to stay. Rather than the traditional combat approach of ‘shut it down’, CIOs should instead focus on future proofing their organisation by embracing shadow IT. Offering access to flexible, on-demand resources with a hybrid cloud portal gives employees the flexibility they desire, but in a structured and secure manner, providing CIOs with the opportunity to regain control over the entire IT environment.

    Customers need to know where their data is being held and will expect the holder to be compliant with the appropriate data protection legislations. The unintentional exporting of data via unauthorised shadow IT applications can impact a provider’s reputation and credibility. By adopting a hybrid cloud infrastructure, enterprises can mitigate this risk by providing flexibility and options for each business unit to select a provider of choice – whether via public or private cloud – which can be managed centrally via a cloud management platform.

    This provides more control, flexibility and assures data governance, whilst also being structured and secure. As enterprise IT evaluates the best technical approach for hybrid IT management, it’s vital that the speed, flexibility and agility drawing end users to public clouds is preserved in the hybrid model. The most successful models involve enterprise IT as a service provider for public cloud resources, delivering effective on boarding, training, management tools and guidance. If end users feel that these new IT processes are heavy-handed and restrictive, the IT department will be ignored or rejected altogether – driving shadow IT deeper underground.

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