Abiquo to become the bridge between Amazon and VMWare with v2.6 release

Cloud Management vendor Abiquo releases v2.6 claiming to help service providers profit in the face of Amazon and VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service

Cloud management software provider, Abiquo, has today released v2.6 of its award winning cloud management platform – a single platform for service providers and enterprises to manage and control their entire private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

The new release now allows service providers and enterprises to integrate and manage public cloud service Amazon EC2 with their existing cloud infrastructure from a single interface layer and console. Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 and Oracle hypervisors are also supported within the new release, along with support for NFS managed storage solutions.

Other features include:

  • Enhanced APIs: it’s now quicker and easier for service providers and enterprises to develop new cloud services and integrate them into their existing cloud offerings
  • Simplified multiple backup: a consistent, simple interface is now provided for users to set multiple backup schedules and stay informed on backup status – no matter what the underlying technology
  • Simplified workflow: business administrators can now remain in control of resources they consume, whether public or private. This can also be integrated to existing business workflow systems and email approval processes

Ultimately, service providers and enterprises using Abiquo v2.6 can finally take advantage of public cloud offerings, whilst benefitting from the control of their existing on-premise solutions.

A clear vision and direction  

Abiquo has made solid progress during the last two quarters. It announced a new round of investment in April 2013, adding Oxford Capital Partners to its existing investors. It has also just appointed a new CEO – entrepreneur and former NTRglobal and Solsoft Chairman and CEO, Gilles Samoun.

Newly appointed Samoun comments: “With v2.6, Abiquo will become the bridge between Amazon and VMware; between the public and private cloud. We now enable customers to move to one and provision the other, allowing them to utilise both Amazon and VMware seamlessly through one console and single interface.

“We have all seen the way that the market is evolving and Amazon not only holds the lion’s share of the enterprise market but wants to increase it by challenging VMware. So, now we enable Abiquo users to utilise both VMware and Amazon seamlessly and with ease. My belief is that we should let Amazon and VMware fight it out, whilst at the same time, we can be the saviour of their customers.”

With the recent appointment of Gilles to the company, Colin Watts, Investment Director at Oxford Capital Partners comments: “Gilles is more attuned with the needs of a start-up company and is an industry veteran. He is the best person to move Abiquo forward in this new stage of its growth. He has some provocative ideas and we believe in his vision for the company.”

Along with Gilles’s vision for the company, another key appointment is that of Ian Finlay as VP of Products. Formerly Group Chief Information Officer at Claranet – an award-winning Abiquo customer and Western Europe’s largest independent Managed Services provider, Ian brings a unique insight to Abiquo having successfully implemented and benefitted from its cloud management platform whilst at Claranet.

Sharing Gilles sentiments Ian adds: “Abiquo 2.6 delivers new opportunities for service providers to create new service offerings. Our integration with Amazon AWS lets service providers embrace commodity cloud services, whilst adding value with their hosted solutions and existing management services. For large enterprises, the ability to manage resources on multiple on-premise systems and Amazon through one interface provides security, control and insight across a complex infrastructure landscape.”

Looking to the future Ian states: “Our roadmap is clearly focussed on helping service providers create easy to deploy, easy to manage and easy to sell cloud solutions; embracing the commodity cloud services their customers demand rather than having to compete with them. For large enterprises, having one point to integrate with back-office systems makes Abiquo a compelling choice for a cloud management platform”

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Well VMworld is over for another year.  The much anticipated event for many high tech fans means networking, new technology and of course parties.   That said, we saw some interesting news come from VMworld this week and here’s a short recap and my thoughts.

1) Microsoft announces they offer a private cloud that is 4 times cheaper than VMware, but more importantly they roll out some hilarious marketing that smacks VMware while they recover from the recent pricing snafu.

2) Dell announces they will offer a public cloud leveraging vCloud Director, only weeks after announcing they will make OpenStack commercially available.  Makes you wonder why they would choose vCloud for their public offering, but encourage an open source stack for everyone else to figure out?

3) Eucalyptus announces High Availability in version 3.0 and the confirmation that they aren’t dying.  Mr. Micko’s, glad to see that you’re still in the game.  By the way, in case you missed it, Abiquo announced High Availability in version 1.8 a few months ago.

4) Citrix decides to give Cloud.com away for free via Open Source, or loss leader or proliferation strategy, what ever you want to call it.  Will this be their winning hand against VMware for cloud penetration or will it end up like their other open source offering?  Oddly, this report sites that while it’s claiming open source, the price is still $995 per 2-core host- but doesn’t state if that’s for support or what you’re getting for that price.

5) Lastly, VMware announced a ton of stuff, but the interesting part was vCloud Global Connect, which seems to be a partnership “hug” around working with a few providers looking for some airtime from VMware.  I agree with Gartner’s Lydia Leong on this one. I’m not sure VMware can execute on this promise and if they did, do people really want this?

We also saw lots of nice stories  that summarize what’s happening and who to see at VMworld- so if you’re looking at private cloud solutions, this short list  from The VirtualizationPractice might make it easy to create your own short list when you get back to work.  Or if you want more detail, this report from Forrester gets to the heart of it all.

We can all take a breather now and wait for the next cloud wave in November, when Cloud Computing Expo hits the Bay Area. See ya there.

This week’s news from OsCon reveals another vendor looking for ways to take money off the table leveraging OpenStack.  A recent post from GigaOm analyst, Paul Miller, highlights the fact that although open source is gaining traction, companies are still looking for commercial solutions.  One reason sited includes the need for a “single throat to choke” on support and development of new functionality.  This begs the question of success for open source as a cloud platform in the enterprise, and what unique value these commercial solutions will offer.   Interestingly enough, Paul asks users to respond to a polling question “In which areas are users willing to adopt open source solution’s on their own?”  The results to this research will be interesting for many.


Will enterprises allow open source into the cloud stacks?

Some of the media articles are making reference to open source stacks, like OpenStack, being equivalent to tomorrow’s Linux.  Maybe that’s true and everyone will have a flavor of OpenStack, customized internally or commercialized?  That said, we can also look at other open source offerings like Xen and see the impact it had on virtualization.  You may equate Xen to Amazon and the beginning of the cloud, or you may equate Xen as a failed attempt by Citrix to be where VMware is today?   The facts are open source solutions may be good for some, but not others. Given OpenStack is a group of commercial vendors, including Citrix, Cisco, Dell, newly added HP, Abiquo and many others, that are all looking for an easier way to sell a cloud solution to service providers and businesses, will it be the answer customers are looking for?  Stay tuned as we explore this option with analysts, customers and vendors– or join the cloud management linkedin group to be part of the discussion.

Abiquo 1.5 is here, it was announced today in conjuncture with our re-launch as a US based company. The first product to allow IT managers to automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor technology to any other hypervisor supported by the product, most significantly including VMWare to Hyper-V conversions, in a single drag-and-drop operation. This brings Abiquo significantly closer to its unique vision of delivering a platform for managing fully interoperable, vendor-neutral public and private clouds.

The Software allows IT operations managers, responsible for maintaining the hardware, to create and manage pooled computer resources, or Resource Clouds, from any servers virtualized by any supported hypervisor. This Resource Cloud can then be provisioned or sold to those that need it, the users of the IT resources. These consumers can then use Abiquo to create virtual datacenters through which they can deploy instantly bundled virtual servers, storage and other physical resource, and applications from public and private virtual image libraries. All through a highly visual drag-and-drop user interface.

“The Cloud computing market is saturated with technology hype and incomplete offerings that don’t deliver enterprises the practical Cloud management solutions they desperately need,” said Pete Malcolm, CEO, Abiquo. “In contrast with other vendors, Abiquo includes all the required components to provide immediate business benefits. For example, delegating virtual datacenter control provides a significant reduction to an IT organization’s workload and immediate user empowerment benefits, eliminating IT bottlenecks. In addition, Abiquo allows IT to maintain management and control of their IT infrastructure, achieve full elasticity of computing resources, and eliminate virtualization and Cloud vendor lock-in. Abiquo has been extensively tested by both the open source community and by early commercial adopters including Global 1000 enterprises.”

Abiquo’s Complete Solution
Key new features in Abiquo 1.5 include:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Support
  • Automatic “drag and drop” VM conversion between all supported hypervisor types
  • Auto-discover machine resources and manage existing live Virtual Machines
  • Capture and store stateful Virtual Machines

“As enthusiastic users of the current Abiquo solution, we are excited to learn of the new features in version 1.5”, said Jordi Mas, CEO, Nexica, a leading European hosted infrastructure provider (www.nexica.com), “we are particularly impressed by the hypervisor conversion and automatic provisioning which will allow us to save significant time and resources”.

The new features build on the unique benefits Abiquo provides:

  • Multi-tenancy with Delegated provisioning and management of Virtual Enterprises
  • Enforceable Resource Limits to ensure risk-free operation
  • Policy based Workload Management with automatic VM assignment
  • Hypervisor agnostic, supporting VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM and Virtual Box
  • Image Libraries (public, shared and private) for VM images and bundled appliances
  • Web-based graphical user interface with role-based context
  • Fully supports open standards including OVF and Stream Optimized Format

“While server virtualization technologies are relatively mature, they do not provide the complete management infrastructure required to create a private cloud service,” said Cameron Haight, research vice president, Gartner. “A production oriented private or on-premise cloud architecture should have four key components: access management, service management, resource management and the underlying resource tier.”