Introduction


Abiquo launched the latest version of its award-winning software, Abiquo version 4.4,  in August 2018.

Cloud bursting – the deployment of additional resources in another cloud when infrastructure is at capacity –  has been the “holy grail” of cloud management. Simply being able to provision resources in the public cloud when private resources are fully utilised isn’t the whole story. Users need to be able to extend applications with resources in ANY other cloud, based not just on infrastructure capacity, but on application performance, guest utilisation and more. With Abiquo 4.4 this is now possible. Users can configure cross-cloud monitoring, alarms, alerts and action plans to check performance and take actions, including provisioning VMs in other private or public clouds, trigger scaling group changes (up or down), resize VMs and much more. Even bursting between private cloud data centers or from public to private is possible, not just from private to public!

Addressing another hot topic, Abiquo 4.4 users get more information about their cloud spend both in public and private clouds, added a new Public Cloud with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure support and helped Service Providers and IT Admins to offer new managed services and control user privileges in a more granular way to better tailor their service to their customers’ needs.

 

Cloud bursting in Abiquo 4.4


Cloud bursting is an application deployment and scaling model in which an application running in a private or public cloud can be scaled to another VDC, either private or public, when it reaches a defined load level. Cloud bursting avoids service interruption and, so helps in protecting revenue.

Using the enhanced Action plans, monitoring, alarms and alerts, alarms trigger action plans to deploy or use scaling groups in private or public data centers when VMs reach a peak in demand, or on a schedule. This is made possible by combining the enhancements to the Control functions with new self-service VPN features.

 

 

Key features introduced with Abiquo 4.4

 

The Control View now has its own page, making Alerts and action plans now at the highest level of the cloud, with the ability to combine alarms and actions on entities from throughout the cloud.

Increased agility in public cloud with easy region management in the UI allows access to all regions in a provider and set defaults for all regions.

Differentiate access across providers with finer control over user access to VMs and VDCs with VDC roles. For example, you can create read-only public cloud regions. You can create default roles at the allowed location level, and there is also a shortcut to create default roles for providers.

You can now restrict access to selected VApps and move VMs between VApps, with use cases including hiding and outsourcing Virtual appliances and their VMs. This enables VMs used to provide services to a tenant to be in the tenant’s VDC, but not visible to them.

There is also a new allocation limit to control the maximum number of VMs at enterprise, allowed location, and virtual datacenter level.

Ability to display all VMs in all virtual datacenters or in a selected virtual datacenter with the new Virtual machines tab.

“The new Virtual machines tab is one of the key features for MSP’s. The ability to display all VMs in all virtual datacenters or in a selected virtual datacenter permits users to select a VM and perform all lifecycle actions.” – said Ian Finlay, CEO at Abiquo

Features in this release include:

  • Cloud bursting with action plans
  • Metrics throughout the cloud
  • Alarms throughout the cloud
  • New Control view at cloud level
  • Scaling group metrics
  • VPN as a Service
  • Group public cloud regions by provider Tenant hierarchy management
  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic integration
  • Limit the number of VMs deployed at all levels where exiting limits are available
  • Display all VMs in virtual datacenters in one place
  • Virtual datacenter roles to vary the available privileges to a user in different VDCs
  • Move VMs between virtual appliances in the same VDC
  • Restricted VMs by moving VMs to a new “restricted” Virtual Appliance type
  • Deploy all VMs – new button replaces the “Synchronize” button
  • Improved support for VMware clusters under vCenter
  • Dnsmasq as an alternative to DHCP with OMAPI
  • Changes to main menu

For detailed information on this release see the complete release notes for Abiquo 4.4 at https://wiki.abiquo.com/display/doc/Release+Notes

About Abiquo

Abiquo delivers the industry’s leading cloud orchestration software for service provider clouds; allowing customers to quickly build and monetise cloud services, whilst managing hybrid, private or public cloud infrastructure from one intuitive portal – adding value through greater efficiency, visibility, simplicity and control. 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, contact us.