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The latest version of Abiquo’s hybrid cloud platform, Abiquo version 4.5, was released in December 2018 and updated with Abiquo 4.5.1 in February 2019. Abiquo 4.5.1 has a range of features which will benefit service providers, system integrators and enterprises needing to offer a hybrid cloud or multi cloud solution.

For your private cloud and on-premise clouds, Abiquo 4.5.1 offers opportunities to save licensing costs by reducing the number of host licenses needed to run software platforms you select. For public clouds, you can now access new public cloud regions, filter Azure templates by publisher and we’ve improved the way we display deleted resources in public clouds to help you manage them even more easily than before.

As with all Abiquo releases, you still get advanced features such as autoscaling, automation, cloud bursting across all your clouds, including vCloud Director, OpenStack, VMWare ESX, KVM, Azure, AWS and so on.

Additional automation actions

New multi-cloud capabilities include resizing of disks in action plans, so cloud users can now add storage as well as adding CPU, RAM and automating other workload actions based on a schedule or monitoring data. Your users now gain the ability to easily remove NICs without stopping their VMs through the user interface.

New tenant hierarchy functions

When managing a tenant hierarchy, users can now retrieve the tenants under a reseller or a key node through the API, making it easier to manage tenants and subtenants. This is great for modelling and managing complex enterprise structures and reseller models.

Making cloud administration easier

Improvements in the user interface also include easier Virtual Machines searches with new ways to locate a VM using new fields, sorting and filtering VMs by label and by FQDN, a hypervisor shortcut link for administrators as well as the ability to easily publish notices of maintenance windows, automatically configure default template icons by operating systems, and define a Cookie message and privacy policy link.

Public cloud support

Within the public cloud improvements added, Abiquo opens the door to new cloud regions in AWS and Azure RM and user will find easier management of larger public cloud estates.

Administrators can now configure the UI with the default icons used by VM templates by simply entering the OS type name and the link to the icon in the user interface configuration file. This way Abiquo facilitates faster delivery of template catalogs – and makes things a bit prettier!

Along with the closer integration with vCloud Director comes the ability to group vCloud Director regions by endpoint in order to facilitate customers to organize more than one vCloud director installation in Abiquo.

And there’s more…

Of course there are many more improvements and features, and they’re all documented in the release notes.

Features in this release include:

  • Resize disks in Action plans

  • Remove NICs with hot reconfigure

  • Tenant hierarchy management

  • Greater control of concurrent operations

  • Improvements to VM search

  • Maintenance window notices

  • Add default template icons by operating system types

  • Cookie message and privacy policy

  • Save license costs with VMware DRS rules

  • Support for new public cloud regions

  • Release tenant resources in public cloud

  • Changes to public cloud synchronization

  • Group vCloud Director regions by endpoint

  • Filter by template publisher in Microsoft ARM

  • New REST API documentation site

  • Extended vCloud Director integration

  • Dynamic hardware profiles and cost codes for hardware profiles

  • Require a datastore tier for VM template disks

  • Resynchronization of captured VMs after physical machine changes

For detailed information on this release see 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.