Abiquo and CloudSigma Partner to Deliver Flexible Cloud Management through the anyCloud Hybrid Cloud Platform

Abiquo and CloudSigma Integration Grants Users Seamless Cross-Cloud Management, Security and Accessibility from Abiquo anyCloud

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London, August 6th 2014 – Hybrid cloud management platform provider Abiquo today announced a partnership with CloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, to add CloudSigma services to its multi-cloud management platform, Abiquo anyCloud. With anyCloud, public cloud users can now manage their CloudSigma deployments, as well as other next generation cloud platforms, all from one portal.

CloudSigma offers highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions in Europe and the U.S. By offering its 1,000+ customers full control over their cloud deployment and unbundled resource provisioning, CloudSigma is well-suited to meet the complex compute requirements of companies in the financial services, media and research science industries.

The Abiquo and CloudSigma partnership will allow anyCloud users to create and manage CloudSigma services as part of their hybrid cloud, while obtaining a full audit trail of activities across all of their public cloud accounts. Additionally, enhanced compliance measures will be available to users in the form of workflow approvals, where primary account users will receive an email to approve or reject any new VM creation or deletion performed by a team member.

“We’ve always promoted greater flexibility and accessibility in the cloud, so are pleased with the cross-cloud functionality this integration provides our users and other cloud customers looking to use CloudSigma,” said Robert Jenkins, CEO, CloudSigma. “The technology behind the Abiquo anyCloud and CloudSigma integration allows for an interoperable solution that will be especially useful for our global customers tasked with managing numerous cloud environments, in the safest way possible.”

Multi-layered security is another key feature that Abiquo anyCloud provides CloudSigma users. Through the creation of member accounts, users are able to add team members by inviting their wider team to share their Abiquo anyCloud account. The same cloud provider accounts can then be used without the team members having visibility of the provider security credentials.

“CloudSigma is known for being one of the most user-centric providers on the market, especially for companies in need of high-performing compute at a low cost,” said Gilles Samoun, CEO, Abiquo. “Yet, many companies are still locked into another provider. With CloudSigma now part of the anyCloud platform, companies can leverage CloudSigma alongside their other deployments, all from one place. And, with flexibility at CloudSigma’s core, we expect this integration to generate a lot of traction for anyCloud, while furthering cloud adoption overall.”

Notes to editors

• To learn more about Abiquo anyCloud please visit: http://www.abiquo.com/anycloud/
• For more information on the services provided by CloudSigma, please visit:
https://www.cloudsigma.com/

About CloudSigma

CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as extend private networks out of existing infrastructure and elastically into CloudSigma’s IaaS cloud to create easy to manage and transparent hybrid cloud solutions. For more information, please visit www.CloudSigma.com or find the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

About Abiquo

Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading cloud orchestration software for service provider clouds, allowing providers to quickly build and monetise cloud services, by managing hybrid, private and public cloud infrastructure from one intuitive portal.

Designed from the ground-up as a strategic solution to meet the needs of customers, Abiquo was specifically architected to be hardware and hypervisor independent. By focusing on the needs of all major stakeholders, and employing many breakthrough techniques to manage and secure the cloud, Abiquo delivers a unified solution which is truly greater than the sum of its component parts.

Abiquo is privately held, and operates from headquarters in the UK with offices in Europe, and through its extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com and follow the company on Twitter @abiquo.

CloudSigma Press Contact

Meredith L. Eaton
March Communications
+1 617-960-9877
cloudsigma@marchpr.com

Abiquo Press Contact

Ian Finlay
+44 7714 835897
ian.finlay@abiquo.com

Public cloud services often come with a huge library of templates for virtual machines, but using these can be risky.

These image library templates are created by the provider themselves, by software partners who use the library as a form of promotion, or by members of their user community who upload an image that they think will be of interest to others.

Unfortunately, in that latter group are those who either by accident or by design leave back door access (perhaps with a poorly protected admin account), install Trojan horse software, fail to identify viruses or create insecure default configurations in the template.

With leading providers like Amazon issuing security advisories on templates, infrastructure admins managing cloud services for their IT and development teams are concerned about their exposure to security issues. This is backed up by research: in 2012 Researchers at France’s Eurecom technology institute, Northeastern University and the security firm SecludIT discovered that 22% of the 5000 machine images tested were still set up to allow a login by whoever set up the virtual machine’s software.

Users who work with these templates can put their data and platform security at risk, and they may also find they’re not using the software vendor’s best practise for configuring their solution. This can present problems for later upgrades, for application performance, and in solving dependencies in the underlying operating system and supporting software.

With the updated Abiquo Appliance Library, delivered with both the Abiquo Provider Edition for service providers and the Abiquo anyCloud service, cloud administrators can take control over the virtual machine templates available to their users, ensuring that they only deploy templates that have been tested and approved.

In the Abiquo Console, admins pick from public or private libraries to build a collection of tested and certified templates for their team for each public cloud region. By using Abiquo’s built-in template search, testing these templates, then adding them to the anyCloud App Library cloud admins can ensure that team members using anyCloud as their public cloud management system can only create virtual machines from these approved templates.

Abiquo even lets the cloud admin change the icon and description to clearly identify the template to team members.
Abiquo's remote search screen

See detailed instructions on the Abiquo wiki

The Abiquo and DigitalOcean Apache jclouds connector is available to download now.

Abiquo, creators of hybrid cloud orchestration platform Abiquo anyCloud, are proud to announce support for the new generation of cloud services through integration with DigitalOcean. This adds to the enterprise-grade management and control over public cloud environments from Google Compute Engine, HP Cloud, Amazon EC2 and Rackspace with one consistent interface.
Abiquo’s development engineer Ignasi Barrera is an established, long time Apache jclouds contributor, and developed this integration in two weeks by creating a connector in the open source Apache jclouds project. This is now available for any other application developer to use.

“The motivation to integrate with DigitalOcean was clear; we already used the DigitalOcean platform in our development process, and our developers felt so strongly about the functionality that DigitalOcean provides that they have gone to the extent of automating part of our continuous integration software development process.” said Abiquo Co-Founder and CTO, Xavier Fernandez. “To do this in a standard way, they created the jclouds connector for DigitalOcean, integrated it to Abiquo anyCloud and contributed it to the open source community for anyone to use.”

“DigitalOcean simply offers high performance compute resource coupled with a competitive pricing model. More specifically, with DigitalOcean being based on Solid State Disk (SSD), the time to complete tasks is considerably less than with traditional storage technologies i.e the time to spin up a server is reduced and the performance for input/output intensive tasks is far more improved”, Xavier added.

By adding DigitalOcean support to Abiquo anyCloud using the new connector, DigitalOcean users are provided with True Hybrid cloud features of an enterprise-grade quality. John Edgar Chief Evangelist at DigitalOcean stated; “We really like the enhanced functionality this offers developers. Coupled with the Apache jclouds connector, this opens up DigitalOcean to a wider community of of Apache jclouds users. It will be interesting to see what combining the technologies behind Abiquo anyCloud and DigitalOcean can achieve.”

Through Abiquo anyCloud, DigitalOcean users can effectively manage their cloud accounts, and can also obtain a full audit trail of activities across all their public cloud accounts.

Additionally, enhanced compliance measures are available to users in the form of workflow approvals, where primary account users will receive an email to approve or reject any new VM creation from a team member account.

Security is also another key feature that Abiquo anyCloud provides to DigitalOcean users; through the creation of member accounts users are able to add team members to these accounts, by starting with a primary account and then inviting the wider team to share the Abiquo anyCloud account. They can use the same cloud provider accounts without needing to know the security credentials.

For businesses with hybrid clouds including traditional hypervisors, the Abiquo software is available to install on-premise.
To learn more about Abiquo anyCloud and signup for a free account please visit: http://www.abiquo.com/anycloud/

To learn more about Abiquo and the on-premise software, please visit: http://www.abiquo.com
For more information on the services that DigitalOcean provide, please visit:
https://www.digitalocean.com

Abiquo anyCloud

Abiquo anyCloud allows public cloud users to integrate and manage public cloud services Amazon EC2 and Rackspace from a single console.

Rackspace is the first OpenStack implementation and further public cloud integration is planned, with support for all major public clouds to be released in the coming months. Abiquo anyCloud users can expect a continual addition of new features; in particular reporting and auditing capabilities which will allows users to monitor and control usage across their public cloud infrastructure.

Other features include:

– Greater insight: Users are able to deploy and import Amazon instances to gain visibility of public cloud environment

– Workflow controls: Set email alerts and approval notifications for new deployments

– Secure user access: Users can create multiple, secure user accounts in Abiquo anyCloud for a single Amazon account and create different roles and scopes for each user account.

– Business intelligence: Broad reporting tools and access to a full and informative audit trail

Sign up to Abiquo anyCloud and start managing your public clouds today!