Bring Shadow IT into the Light

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.

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

In brief: Managed Service Providers and hosting companies worried about customers moving to Amazon can now offer True Hybrid Cloud services with Abiquo’s new Provider Edition Cloud Management Platform.

Managed service providers (MSPs) and hosting companies are seeing customers test and move to Amazon’s Web Services platform, as Amazon’s 60+% year-on-year growth suggests. And it’s not just US companies under attack – Amazon has hinted that it may open a German Data Centre too.

To help these MSPs retain customers and build new offerings, Abiquo, creator of the Cloud Management Platform already used by top ranked MSPs to deliver their Virtual Data Center services, has today released its new Provider Edition – a single platform for MSPs to create True Hybrid Cloud services for Enterprise customers.

“Hosting companies and service providers tell us that their customers are starting to use public clouds such as Amazon and DigitalOcean, and that they’re worried about losing revenue and the ‘trusted partner’ status that they’ve worked so hard to gain” said Ian Finlay, VP of Product at Abiquo. “By implementing Abiquo Provider Edition they give their customers access to their choice of public cloud provider alongside their own high-quality on-premise cloud products.”

Gilles Samoun, CEO at Abiquo commented: “Time to market is a critical issue for service providers. The longer they wait to have a service in the market, the more they risk their customers going elsewhere. Our customers get to market in weeks, instead of taking months to develop on open source software. It’s also very easy to get a sales team ready to sell – a focus on business rather than implementation”.

This new release, with an elegant new user interface and simplified workflow, builds upon Abiquo’s proven solution to offer a True Hybrid Cloud platform – one portal, one reporting interface, one metering engine and one set of APIs across on-premise infrastructure and public cloud providers alike. A rich set of configuration options and integration points lets providers differentiate their product from competitors and serve their specific customer bases.

Samoun adds: “Customers can be confident that this new Provider Edition is proven at scale, having been running in our free Abiquo anyCloud SaaS service for some months”

Abiquo Provider Edition ships with support for Amazon, VMware ESX, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM and Xen, with additional modules for Google Compute Engine, HP Cloud, Rackspace, ElasticHosts and DigitalOcean in the pipeline.

Abiquo Provider Edition is a free upgrade for existing customers, and can be sampled for free online at www.abiquo.com/anycloud.

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!