Using XaaS, CIOs and Managed Service Providers can deliver any application, automation, managed service, or third party SaaS offering through a managed, self-service Marketplace.
What is XaaS?
XaaS stands for “X as a Service”, a general term referring to the delivery of anything as a service. XaaS refers to a series of products, tools and technologies that are delivered to users as a service over a network. The XaaS feature in Abiquo will enable you to create custom services to offer to your customers on a self-service basis. All services will be available within the Abiquo multi-cloud platform and you will be able to manage services from providers on a subscription basis through Abiquo. Thanks to the “as-a-service model” your company will reduce costs and simplify IT deployments.
Some of the main benefits your company can get from the XaaS feature are:
- Cost savings in infrastructure and hardware
- Ability to be more agile being able to introduce new solutions easily
- Possibility to access existing cloud provider services
- Ability to add custom integrations
The XaaS feature will allow the monitoring and management of external services such as AWS, RDS (databases) and so on.
Unique Abiquo XaaS offering!
MSPs and CIOs will really love XaaS, our unique ANYTHING AS A SERVICE feature!
Using XaaS, CIOs and Managed Service Providers can deliver any application, automation, managed service, or third party SaaS offering through a managed, self-service catalogue.
XaaS gives our customers the opportunity to simplify the delivery of services at scale. And we mean offering a LOT of different services, which might include Office 365, DBaaS, or Ansible and Terraform automation, and everything in between!
XaaS Use cases
Our customers have two popular scenarios for using XaaS:
- delivery of advanced blueprints or complex automations in multiple clouds.
- incorporating third party SaaS services with reseller offerings such as Google workspace or Microsoft CSP
In summary, ANYTHING AS A SERVICE saves time and money by eliminating complexity and offering an end-to-end solution, from the marketplace, to ordering, and even billing.
Abiquo XaaS is here and it brings a great bundle of starter services for MSPs to your multicloud platform. Get ready for DBaaS with AWS and Azure, Microsoft products including Office 365 subscriptions and Azure accounts, AWX for IaC, and even DNS as a Service with AWS Route 53! This is just the beginning, contact us for more information about custom service development.
All of our sample services are ready to go with minimal configuration. Administrators can save time as they follow the same simple steps to easily add new service plugins to your multicloud platform. Maintain full control over the use of services with granular privileges. And easily charge for services in your tenants’ single cloud bill, including new enterprise products for service charges.
Two new DBaaS flavors for multicloud
To start out on your XaaS journey, check out DBaaS (Database as a Service), where you can onboard existing AWS RDS and Azure Database for MySQL single server instances, and monitor and manage them from within the Abiquo multicloud platform.
XaaS status and metrics
Abiquo Xaas will display the status of your DB instances and the new service monitoring feature gets metrics from your DB and displays them in the Abiquo UI. On these metrics that run on Abiquo’s advanced monitoring system, you can quickly create alarms and alerts to notify administrators, and even trigger automation with action plans.
Offer Microsoft products with self-service
Easily lower the cost and effort of administering Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft product services. You can allow administrators to manage user accounts on subscriptions, and purchase new Office 365 license subscriptions for each tenant! And of course, invoice them monthly!
Manage Azure partner accounts
Under your partner account for compute services or billing only with Abiquo XaaS will save you time and energy. Abiquo’s complete billing system can even manage Azure plans billing and use data in budgets with alert notifications! And you can even use the Abiquo setup service to automatically create Abiquo tenants in your reseller customer hierarchy.
Get your DNS online fast
Managing hosted zones in Abiquo is a breeze using DNS as a Service in the cloud with AWS Route 53, where you can manage resource records and create a resource record set for systems in Abiquo using an Abiquo public IP.
Deploy WordPress with AWX as a Service
To show how easy it is to work with XaaS, we created a lab walkthrough. To try it out, you just need access to an AWX system with a WordPress template, a VM template for Linux with cloud-init support, and a vCenter hypervisor connected to an external lab network with accessible IPs.