Abiquo 5.2 Available

Meet the new features and enhancements that simplify visualization of cloud resources, help optimization and protection of your cloud infrastructure and make it easier to control your cloud bills.

Abiquo’s latest release leads businesses to a more intuitive and easy cloud management experience, being easier for your company to focus on specific needs.

Abiquo 5.2 Available

Meet the new features and enhancements that simplify comprehension of cloud resources, help optimization and security of your cloud infrastructure and make it easier to control your cloud bills.

Abiquo’s latest release leads businesses to a more intuitive and easy cloud management experience, being easier for your company to focus on specific needs.

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The benefits

    • DRaaS simplifies management and unchains your IT force to focus on core tasks.
    • Easy implementation of the standard DRaaS configuration of Zerto Protection Managers for vCenter. You’ll be quickly up and running!
    • Save money and gain protection over in-house Disaster Recovery programs.
    • Absolute access and control to protect all your cloud resources.

DraaS, the ultimate Zerto integration to secure all your cloud resources

DRaaS simplifies the process of disaster recovery and makes it easier, less costly and quicker for your company to back up the most important resources in the event of a disaster, over traditional on-premise recovery systems.

Abiquo 5.2 introduces the new Disaster Recovery as a Service feature providing self-service disaster recovery for Abiquo users, by adding its first integration with Zerto for vCenter. This new feature enables users to set up their own DR policies as well as perform failover tests and failovers directly in Zerto.

DRaaS brings support into the Abiquo platform for VM movements for testing and real failover, and failback, allowing administrators to create a network for each tenant to use for recovery and failover testing.

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Abiquo 5.2 introduces new constructs and UI elements such as Protection Managers representing the Zerto Virtual Managers, which links protection managers with virtual datacenters in Abiquo and on the VM control panel, there is a new button to enable or disable DR protection for VMs. You’re just one single click away to secure your VMs! Of course with our API-first approach these features and data are all available in the API too.

As a bonus, there’s a new DR protection button that will save administrators a lot of time. In the Abiquo backend, the platform creates Zerto Protection Groups and creates one Protection Group for the VMs in each Abiquo virtual appliance. 

To help users keep track, the Abiquo dashboard displays the number of VMs protected with disaster recovery.

DraaS, the ultimate Zerto integration to secure all your cloud resources

DRaaS simplifies the process of disaster recovery and makes it easier, less costly and quicker for your company to back up the most important resources in the event of a disaster, over traditional on-premise recovery systems.

Abiquo 5.2 introduces the new Disaster Recovery as a Service feature providing self-service disaster recovery for Abiquo users, by adding its first integration with Zerto for vCenter. This new feature enables users to set up their own DR policies as well as perform failover tests and failovers directly in Zerto.

DRaaS brings support into the Abiquo platform for VM movements for testing and real failover, and failback, allowing administrators to create a network for each tenant to use for recovery and failover testing.

Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts

 

The benefits

    • DRaaS simplifies management and unchains your IT force to focus on core tasks.
    • Easy implementation of the standard DRaaS configuration of Zerto Protection Managers for vCenter. You’ll be quickly up and running!
    • Save money and gain protection over in-house Disaster Recovery programs.
    • Absolute access and control to protect all your cloud resources.
Abiquo 5.2 introduces new constructs and UI elements such as Protection Managers representing the Zerto Virtual Managers, which links protection managers with virtual datacenters in Abiquo and on the VM control panel, there is a new button to enable or disable DR protection for VMs. You’re just one single click away to secure your VMs! Of course with our API-first approach these features and data are all available in the API too.

As a bonus, there’s a new DR protection button that will save administrators a lot of time. In the Abiquo backend, the platform creates Zerto Protection Groups and creates one Protection Group for the VMs in each Abiquo virtual appliance. 

To help users keep track, the Abiquo dashboard displays the number of VMs protected with disaster recovery.

Google Cloud: A major update to Abiquo’s integration

Abiquo 5.2 offers enhanced support for Google Cloud with a new plugin that improves and extends the previously released one. 

This new integration maps more Google Cloud features into Abiquo, which will enhance your ability to manage all your public cloud resources from one same place. Here’s a feature summary:

New Features’ Summary

    • Deploy Virtual Machines with Google Cloud’s hardware profiles
    • Manage VPC, subnets, internal and external IPs, and multiple disks on a VM
    • Easily add public cloud regions to the platform
    • Admins can automatically load public projects with VM templates and create a VM template catalog
    • Google’s VPC network model is now incorporated in Abiquo to make life easier for administrators
    • Take advantage of Google’s automatic subnet creation feature for test environments
    • Create virtual datacenters, or onboard existing user resources into a default VDC
    • Easily obtain public IP addresses 
    • Automated management of firewalls
    • Manage storage volumes in Google Cloud
    • VM remote access with the user’s SSH key or the template password
    • Ability to view Google Cloud billing for projects, as well as the creation of budgets
    • Synchronization, administration, monitoring and visualization by roles on the managed resources 
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Other Abiquo features, such as scaling, action plan automation and so on are also available for Google Cloud as they are for all other Abiquo supported environments.

Google Cloud: A major update to Abiquo’s integration

Abiquo 5.2 offers enhanced support for Google Cloud with a new plugin that improves and extends the previously released one. 

This new integration maps more Google Cloud features into Abiquo, which will enhance your ability to manage all your public cloud resources from one same place. Here’s a feature summary:

New Features’ Summary

    • Deploy Virtual Machines with Google Cloud’s hardware profiles
    • Manage VPC, subnets, internal and external IPs, and multiple disks on a VM
    • Easily add public cloud regions to the platform
    • Admins can automatically load public projects with VM templates and create a VM template catalog
    • Google’s VPC network model is now incorporated in Abiquo to make life easier for administrators
    • Take advantage of Google’s automatic subnet creation feature for test environments
    • Create virtual datacenters, or onboard existing user resources into a default VDC
    • Easily obtain public IP addresses 
    • Automated management of firewalls
    • Manage storage volumes in Google Cloud
    • VM remote access with the user’s SSH key or the template password
    • Ability to view Google Cloud billing for projects, as well as the creation of budgets
    • Synchronization, administration, monitoring and visualization by roles on the managed resources 
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Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Other Abiquo features, such as scaling, action plan automation and so on are also available for Google Cloud as they are for all other Abiquo supported environments.

Powerful Management with Azure ARM Resource groups

Resource groups in Azure is an important feature that will efficiently help group and manage elements in your platform, such as virtual machines, virtual networks and load balancers, amongst others.

Abiquo 5.2 extends and enhances its Azure ARM integration including support for Resource Groups, the powerful new feature that enables users to manage groups of resources across multiple regions in Azure. 

Thanks to this enhanced integration, your company will be able to get more control over cloud resources, saving valuable time and reducing management complexity, being more agile dealing with administration tasks and more efficient with cost management too. 

Abiquo offers a new view where you can manage resource groups – all in one place!

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The new Global section in the virtual datacenters view makes it possible and it will allow your company to quickly create, edit and delete resource groups. 

But there’s more! Abiquo helps you gain full control through the new resource groups screen, where you can perform additional actions; you can edit the entities within the resource group and edit a VM, and even move it from one resource group to another very easily. And don’t forget that you can also increase or decrease the hardware profile within the profile family! 

Combined with good use of tagging, these features will allow you to identify resources and use tags to associate groups and resources that belong to the same project, application, or service. By applying good tagging practices you will ensure your company is optimizing all resources.

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Save time with multicloud tagging

Multicloud environments are complex and implementing a good tagging strategy is crucial for greater visibility, reporting, and comprehension of all your cloud resources. 

Abiquo 5.2 adds tag management to help optimization of your cloud infrastructure.

The new Multicloud Tag Management enables you to group all the resources for the same project across your whole multicloud platform. Resources can now be easily identified and grouped by tags.

Multicloud tagging in Abiquo enables you to manage tags for entities in public and private cloud, as well as tags in public cloud providers. Abiquo allows management, onboarding and synchronizing of tags from the most popular public cloud providers: AWS and Microsoft Azure. Management for new public providers, such as Google Cloud, will be included in future releases. 

Abiquo 5.2 also allows creation of internal tags for Abiquo resources, such as virtual appliances, that only exist in the Abiquo platform. 

Of course, there’s no point in having a great tagging strategy if you have to search in each cloud’s control panel – with Abiquo’s UI, you can easily search and display resources with tags from the Control view Tag management screen. This information is available through the API too, saving you development time.

Visualize and organize billing data from your cloud providers better than ever

Cloud bill management, analysis, onward billing and visualization are critical functions in any multicloud environment, and in Abiquo 5.2 we’ve built on our class-leading solution to support both Service Providers and Corporate IT teams. 

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You can now benefit from the improved performance of the existing provider billing data feature. Installation and configuration of packages for billing data display have been simplified for easier administration management. The whole integration of this feature into the core of the Abiquo platform brings a greater performance!

Within the new enhancements included, the billing dashboard can display data for the new Google Cloud integration by simply using the provider pricing credentials of the cloud provider.

In addition, the budgets feature now uses daily cost usage data from the provider, instead of consolidated bills, which makes it more flexible and responsive since the budget consumption is updated more frequently. 

This feature supports standard accounts and partner accounts for Amazon, Azure (CSP and Azure Plan accounts), and Google Cloud Platform.

For resellers and other hierarchical allocation of costs, the configuration and organization of billing details has been enhanced too. Configuration is now simpler including a new customized configuration for tenant properties. Abiquo’s platform can separate the tenants’ billing data from the data from above it in the hierarchy, for better management of the different prices in the hierarchy. 

We have also speeded up the configuration process to schedule the download of the billing data from the providers. This, with the other public cloud bill download and consolidation features, means that system administrators can deliver a consistent, automatically updated set of billing data to their own organization and those in any hierarchical organization design, such as reseller models, cross-charging projects and business units, or to external customers.

Visualize and organize billing data from your cloud providers better than ever

Cloud bill management, analysis, onward billing and visualization are critical functions in any multicloud environment, and in Abiquo 5.2 we’ve built on our class-leading solution to support both Service Providers and Corporate IT teams. 

Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
You can now benefit from the improved performance of the existing provider billing data feature. Installation and configuration of packages for billing data display have been simplified for easier administration management. The whole integration of this feature into the core of the Abiquo platform brings a greater performance!

Within the new enhancements included, the billing dashboard can display data for the new Google Cloud integration by simply using the provider pricing credentials of the cloud provider.

In addition, the budgets feature now uses daily cost usage data from the provider, instead of consolidated bills, which makes it more flexible and responsive since the budget consumption is updated more frequently. 

This feature supports standard accounts and partner accounts for Amazon, Azure (CSP and Azure Plan accounts), and Google Cloud Platform.

For resellers and other hierarchical allocation of costs, the configuration and organization of billing details has been enhanced too. Configuration is now simpler including a new customized configuration for tenant properties. Abiquo’s platform can separate the tenants’ billing data from the data from above it in the hierarchy, for better management of the different prices in the hierarchy. 

We have also speeded up the configuration process to schedule the download of the billing data from the providers. This, with the other public cloud bill download and consolidation features, means that system administrators can deliver a consistent, automatically updated set of billing data to their own organization and those in any hierarchical organization design, such as reseller models, cross-charging projects and business units, or to external customers.

Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts
Create Customer AWS and Azure Accounts

Display custom metrics of VApps and Scaling Groups

Abiquo has long enabled you to use the API or collectd to push custom metrics for many cloud and infrastructure entities including public cloud regions, datacenters, racks, virtual appliances, scaling groups and virtual machines, on top of the inbuilt integration to monitoring data from vCenter, AWS Cloudwatch and others. These metrics can be used for automation using the Action Plans feature set, and data related to VMs could be displayed in graphical form.

Now Abiquo 5.2 goes a step further to help visualize that information in a clearer, more powerful way, helping you to gain a better understanding of relevant information at a glance with the addition of metric displays for virtual appliances and scaling groups. An example use case might be to push custom application metrics into a virtual appliance, since those metrics may not be related to a single VM or scaling group.

You also have the ability to filter the metrics displayed according to your needs. Customize and get the information you need through the new metrics button on the Virtual appliance cards, the Scaling group icon, and the scaling groups view.

Also, the Monitoring tab in the virtual appliance includes a new page for the Virtual appliance metrics, in addition to virtual machine metrics that offers a more detailed view.

Find all related information to create and custom metrics on Abiquo’s wiki site

Azure standard SKUs: public IPs and load balancers

Abiquo 5.2 enhances support for Azure Standard SKUs which adds more features and functionalities, such as a larger backend pool size and Availability Zones.

Your company will benefit from the big competitive advantage in terms of protection. Now Abiquo allows you to work with Availability Sets, which brings you a lot more protection, reducing the probability of a network failure to a very low rate.

This extra support added for Standard SKUs with standard public IPs and standard load balancers, in addition to basic SKUs, now enables users to work with more advanced load balancing features, introducing enhancements and giving you more granular control of a group of features.

Thanks to Standard SKUs your company will take advantage of load balancers with important differences in terms of scalability, functionality, guaranteed service levels and cost.

The main advantage of working with Standard SKUs instead of Basic is that Public IPs are optional with Basic SKUs and they do not allow working with Availability Zones whereas Standard Public IPs need one network security group for its usage and they allow working with Availability sets.

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Main Benefits

    • Easily select the type of public IP as well as the resource group associated with it
    • When creating a load balancer, you can also select the Standard Type and Abiquo automatically will display the appropriate health checks that the user can select for each type of load balancer. In addition, to ensure which the type of health check matches your routing rule you can check the Azure documentation.

Freedom to customize your own VM icons

In all Abiquo versions you can change the icon for VM templates, now in Abiquo 5.2, you can customize the default VM icons for each OS without having to change it for every template.

You can now choose the branding theme and the icons you want to create unique VM templates easily from the edit VMs view.

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Support for ESXi 7.0

Abiquo 5.2 introduces support vSphere version 7.0 and discontinues support for vSphere versions 5.x. As vSphere 7.0 does not support remote access using VNC, you must configure WebMKS for remote access to VMs

Support for ESXi 7.0

Abiquo 5.2 introduces support vSphere version 7.0 and discontinues support for vSphere versions 5.x. As vSphere 7.0 does not support remote access using VNC, you must configure WebMKS for remote access to VMs

New in Abiquo 5.2.1

We’ve taken Abiquo’s latest version a step further by adding new features and improvements. Jump into the latest multicloud experience!

SSO for Abiquo Reporting

Abiquo 5.2.1 introduces Single Sign On for Abiquo Reporting making it easier for users to work with reports by automatically logging into the Reports system.

This feature enables reports to authenticate the Abiquo user with a token authentication, which will make users open the reports system by going through the Abiquo UI. 

Add multiple identity providers for SAML

Abiquo 5.2.1 introduces multiple identity providers (IdPs) for the SAML integration. When the user enters their email address to log in, Abiquo will select the IdP based on its domain name, or it will use the default IdP. 

For more information and configuration steps read our wiki site

Deploy OVA ready templates

You can now deploy VMs from templates created from OVAs with parameters.

Abiquo supports OVAs like the ones you can create using VMware systems for working with vCenter or vCenter clusters, and the OVA can contain one VM with multiple disks.

Check Abiquo’s wiki site for instructions on how to onboard this process.

Add tenant metadata to your VMs

Abiquo 5.2.1 allows you to specify enterprise properties with tenant metadata to inject into your VMs, which will be saved as VM variables. This enables you to customize default automation values per cloud tenant, such as adding a cloud-init script to connect to an external Windows License.

For details of how to specify the properties to inject, see Inject enterprise properties as VM variables

Google VM monitoring and VM bootstrap scripts with cloud init

Users can add cloud-init scripts on the Bootstrap tab and use VM variables in their bootstrap scripts.

See the wiki site for more info