Latest Release Feature Highlights

New dashboard widgets, Wildcards in search boxes, unified remote access across all providers, optimization tools and more in Abiquo 4.2

All your clouds in one elegant portal

Get the benefit of hybrid cloud faster than ever with Abiquo’s unified portal. With the enhancements to our user interface, using a familiar drag-and-drop method to deploy VMs, and supported by built-in tutorials, users can get started within minutes with little or no training. With privileges you control, users can view monitoring information, onboard their own Amazon and Azure accounts, and even perform VM migrations. All these features are available through our REST API for endless automation and integration opportunities. In addition to supporting all major hypervisors and public clouds, you can use OpenStack and vCloud Director infrastructure too.

The new home page widgets in Abiquo 4.2 offer an improved display of resource utilization, also adding two new tabs:

  • Hybrid, which provides an overview of your resources in public cloud providers and private cloud.
  • Optimization, which aims to help you make best use of your hybrid cloud resources.
  • Metrics tab, which provides an overview of the resources an enterprise is using across the platform.

 

It’s easy to customise the interface to match your business – every text string can be modified by editing text files, and Abiquo can be fully white-labelled, and can even run multiple brands on the same platform to support reseller scenarios.

Your business will enjoy the increased productivity, consistency and control offered by appliance blueprints, setting policies and centralised controls on usage and metering of that usage.

New dashboard widgets

Abiquo’s home view is newly designed with a 3 tab view to help your business administrate its cloud resources more effectively.

The new Optimization tab helps you make best use of your resources and save money on your public cloud fees. Abiquo has created 7 different panels that will give you real-time information about the highest and lowest CPU and RAM usage, the VMs with the highest uptime on the platform and any unused public IPs and load balancers. Detailed reporting is also available.

The Hybrid tab provides an overview of your resources in public cloud providers and your private clouds. 3 new panels are added to the existing Virtual machines count and VMs by location tabs, which show a list and a graph of the VMs that are deployed in public and private clouds. The virtual machines are counted by location (public cloud region or datacenter).

The new panels display the Billing widgets for public cloud providers such as AWS and Azure. This widget can display the Latest bills, Estimated bill and Average cost per virtual machine for this provider in the current month.

Abiquo’s Metrics tab provides an overview of the resources an enterprise is using across the platform. The tab contains 6 different panels including information about the resources used by a workload, such as CPU, RAM, disk I/O and network traffic.
You can also use the Abiquo collectd plugin which allows collection of application and OS metrics. All collected metrics are shows graphically to your users and can drive the automation/scaling system.

Improvements to vCloud Director integration

Abiquo supports vCloud Director (vCloud API version 9.0) as a public cloud provider. Take your vCD experience a step further by integrating vCD with Abiquo. Combine the provision SDDC services offered by vCloud Director plus the extra management capabilities of Abiquo and bring your Cloud Computing activity to the next level. Advanced multi-tenancy capabilities, Friendly user interface, multi-cloud, optimization tools, flexible pricing/recharge models or App templates and template mobility are some of the features you can benefit from by integrating vCD and Abiquo.

Our latest release also includes the following:

Support for Administrator credentials for managing vCloud Director in Abiquo

Previously, organization credentials enabled administrators to create one public cloud region for each vCD organization. Now you can also optionally create a single public cloud region using the vCD Administrator credentials, and then add the vCD Organization credentials for each enterprise and multiple enterprises can use that region.

Management of vCloud Director VApp networks

Abiquo offers support for isolated networks but also the option to allow them to connect to the outside through an external network address.

Improvements on the onboarding of existing workloads on a Vapp

Previously Abiquo could only import VApps if there was one VM per vCloud VApp but now you can synchronize the VApps in the public cloud region as Abiquo VDCs.
Abiquo synchronizes a vCD virtual appliance network as a private network and users can also manage private networks.

Real-time metrics acquisition if historical are not available

The following diagram shows the structure of entities in the vCloud Director integration in Abiquo v4.2.3 and the changes from the previous version.

The following diagram shows the structure of entities in the vCloud Director integration in Abiquo v4.2.3 and the changes from the previous version.

Improvements in Cloud Init support in public and private clouds

To go beyond scheduling new VM deployment, Abiquo now provides automatic first boot configuration with Configuration Drive using cloud-init. Users can enter configuration data and Abiquo will create a standard Configuration drive. When the virtual machine starts up for the first time, cloud-init or any similar system can make use of the user data. Abiquo 4.2 adds guest customisation to set an initial guest password (which can be created randomly and emailed or sent by SMS to the VM owner), set a domain name, inject network configuration if there’s no DHCP and inject SSH keys.