Hybrid Cloud Management software provider, Abiquo, adds support for Packet‘s bare metal provisioning, monitoring on Azure ARM and additional guest customization with Abiquo 4.0.2.

Using Abiquo 4.0.2, cloud admins can choose from a range of hypervisor and cloud solutions, delivering a consistent user interface, a single API and a feature set that enhances what the underlying cloud environment can deliver – while ensuring that they retain control over consumption and cost.

Monitoring on Azure ARM

Abiquo’s monitoring, action plan and auto scaling features work in harmony to enable users to get insight into VM and application performance, automate VM actions and scale up, down, in and out – adding and removing VM resources, and adding and removing VMS – driven by monitoring and a rich scheduler. Adding support for monitoring on Azure ARM means that consumers of Microsoft Azure through Abiquo gain all these automation and scaling features.

Support for Packet

Packet, an upcoming service provider, enable their customers to rapidly provision new physical servers with a choice of operating systems. Abiquo is pleased to add support for Packet in Abiquo 4.0.2, which will enable Abiquo customers to mix virtual machines and physical machines in their Abiquo true hybrid cloud.

Guest customization

Using either cloud-init or hypervisor tools such as VMware tools, Abiquo users can now configure their guest OS in the following ways:

  • Set fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
  • Generate a random guest OS password at deploy and send by email to owner
  • Inject network configuration if no DHCP server is available
  • Inject SSH keys into guest
  • Present a Configuration drive with environment variables and user-data to the guest OS on an ISO disk.

Additional features in this release include:

  • Support for Veeam 9.5 for self-service backup and restore
  • Cloud-init support for KVM
  • New load management rules for datastores, datastore tiers and entire datacenters