This week, Abiquo is launching Abiquo Enterprise Edition 2.2, our most enhanced cloud software platform to date; but what does it all mean for businesses considering a cloud platform or for those currently using Abiquo?

As Abiquo’s customers extend their deployments into more datacenters and geographies they need a greater level of control over the administration rights that will be delegated to the local teams. Abiquo 2.2’s administration feature allows customers to control delegated administration to parts of the physical infrastructure. The same feature also provides greater control over customer administration, allowing enterprises to better delegate user and customer administration and allowing service providers to support a better reseller model.

Abqiuo 2.2’s pluggable storage architecture extends Abiquo’s self service storage capabilities beyond NetApp, Nexenta and Linux LVM to any iSCSi based storage with a compatible API. The architecture allows for a new plugin to easily be created with a full API, sample code, and documentation. Enterprises or service providers will then be able to add additional value or new revenue streams to their platform by adding multiple storage tiers, from high end, high speed (and expensive) storage to more cost effective commodity storage.

 In 2.2 Abiquo continues to extend its hypervisor agnostic approach. There is improved support for VMWware vCenter/ESX features (including vMotion and DRS), that allows customers to seamlessly add Abiquo as a management layer to their existing VMWare deployment without having to compromise on functionality. Abiquo 2.2 also includes support for the KVM hypervisor on CentoS 6, allowing customers to take advantage of improvements in the community hypervisor.

Abiquo 2.2 has been built specifically with the customer in mind, with features designed to enhance the usability of the user interface, increase simplicity and improve overall efficiency.  The open architecture of the Abiquo cloud management platform is purpose built to integrate with any infrastructure which supports all hypervisors. Customers can use existing hardware, avoiding a major challenge that many face when moving to the cloud and any unnecessary investment in hardware.