Abiquo 4.7 is here!
Get to know our latest major release that includes exciting improvements such as budget control for public cloud allowing users to have full control over public cloud bills, add storage to public cloud and new extended billing dashboard.
Read on and get to know how Abiquo’s latest version can lead your company and clients to a greater multicloud experience!
Main new features
Getting control of the spending of your cloud resources is crucial when working in a multicloud environment.
Abiquo makes it MUCH EASIER for administrators to create custom budgets and run specific action plans when costs exceed a certain threshold. Get to know how Abiquo can help save money on your cloud bills!
You will find several options to configure your own customized budgets and apply them to the enterprises you want.
Abiquo has created the best way for you to be have FULL CONTROL of your budget expenses and apply the required actions when they exceed the limits established!
New Hybrid Cloud Billing Dashboard Improvements
Is your cloud platform missing a way to show ALL your providers billing information? No worries anymore!
Now with Abiquo 4.7 you will be able to display all your providers’ billing information in a single chart for better breakdown of costs and services, ALL in a single view.
You can also benefit from displaying the information in different charts for an easier visualization of provider costs and services!
Get to know all the info on our wiki site.
Public Cloud Storage
Public Cloud Storage for Amazon and Azure NOW AVAILABLE!
Additional disks for VMs in Amazon and Azure: Abiquo can now create and attach additional disks, and onboard existing disks when synchronising with public cloud regions.
New in Abiquo 4.7.1
vCloud Director integration improvements
Abiquo 4.7.1 introduces important improvements that reinforce the integration between Abiquo and vCloud Director which makes it easier and faster for admins to work in the environment.
Manage external networks
Abiquo 4.7.1 introduces the creation of Org VDC networks inside the Org VDC and routed through the Edge as external networks, which enables users to create routed organization virtual datacenter networks in vCloud Director. As for other external networks, these networks enable users in the same enterprise to connect VMs in different Abiquo virtual datacenters, and also onboard and synchronize these networks from vCloud Director.
Administrators can save time and resources because users can create their own networks as required. Previously, the admin had to create the networks in vCloud and onboard them.
Support for fenced vApps
Abiquo 4.7.1 reintroduces support for fenced vApps in vCloud Director by default.
Abiquo can create fenced virtual appliances in vCloud Director, which maintains the network configuration between vCloud deployments. Using fenced vApps users can work with firewall policies in Abiquo at the virtual datacenter level. Also, firewall policies are more flexible and easier to use than classic firewalls, which are central firewalls that are always available in vCloud Director, which will save admin’s time!
support for NAT
In Abiquo 4.7.1, the vCloud Director integration introduces support for NAT networks and NAT rules for VMs.
The administrator can easily create a NAT network in the Infrastructure view for each enterprise with a range of IPs for the public cloud region (vCloud organization virtual datacenter) and users can now obtain NAT IPs for their virtual datacenters in vCloud. When a user creates a virtual datacenter, they can now add a default NAT IP.
This feature saves costs of public IP addresses and also saves time for admins from manually creating and managing NAT or public IP addresses in vCloud.
Support for New Versions
Abiquo 4.7.1 also introduces support for new versions of vCloud: vCloud Director 9.7 and vCloud Director 10 with version 33 of the vCloud API.
SAML Integration for secure SSO
Save time and improve security in your cloud environment!
As well as the current OpenID Connect integration, Abiquo 4.7.1 introduces integration with SAML 2.0 to incorporate your cloud platform into your secure Single Sing-On (SSO) environment.
Admins can easily create the tenants and user roles in Abiquo and designate the SAML attributes to match them. The Abiquo authentication system connects with SAML, and automatically adds the new user to the appropriate cloud tenant, and assigns them the appropriate access privileges. In addition, users can benefit from the comfort of logging into Abiquo with the same Single Sign-On credentials that they use in other systems.
Public cloud improvements
New public cloud regions in the Middle East
As one of the major improvements in public cloud, Abiquo 4.7.1 introduces support for the following regions in the Middle East:
- Azure – UAE North Dubai
- Amazon – Middle East Bahrain (“me-south-1”)
New in Abiquo 4.7.2
Reccommended Datastore Tiers for VM templates
Simplify the use of datastore tiers for your users with the NEW Reccommended Datastore Tiers for VM Templates!
Abiquo 4.7.2 introduces this feature in private cloud that also enables you to direct where VMs deploy based on datastore tiers.
Assign scopes based on the user’s groups in an external authentication system such as LDAP or OpenID, which will help you manage better roles and scopes based on your configuration for external platforms.
When you create a user, the platform will select a scope for the user based on the external scopes that you enter on the Create user dialog. External scopes are the groups of the user in the external system and they are similar to external roles.
Allowed CIDRs for roles and scopes
Abiquo 4.7.2 introduces “allowed CIDRs” for roles and scopes, in addition to the user allowed CIDRs attribute, which enables admins to restrict access of users by setting allowed CIDRs for roles and scopes.
The user allowed CIDRs attribute is a list of network addresses (in CIDR format) from which the user can log into the platform. This means admins now can add those addresses for each role and scope in order to allow access to the platform.