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CliQr Announces CloudCenter 3.2.6

The CliQr team is proud to announce the release of CloudCenter 3.2.6. Highlights include enhanced Docker support, VMware NSX support, powerful tag-based policy management, as well as the addition of IBM Softlayer to our list of over 20 private and public clouds.

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Based largely on customer requests, we continue to build out CloudCenter Manager and CloudCenter Orchestrator features, as well as enhanced support for cloud provider services. These enhancements include updates to our REST APIs.

CloudCenter Manager

  • Enhanced Docker Support: CliQr has enhanced Docker support that makes it even easier to build multi-container deployments as part of a container-only topology, or composite topology that includes non-containerized and cloud service tiers. Containers can be sourced via Docker public or private hub, as well as CliQr storage, GitHub, or another storage repository. Port mapping, container linking and passing parameters is now easily configured for each container. 
  • Tag-based governance: This powerful new feature increases portability while also simplifying policy management. Tags associate policy rules to an application or a specific tier. Tags are associated with a specific policy. And tags have hierarchy to eliminate conflict if multiple tags are applied. For example, a “Dev” tag can be associated with an aging policy. A “Prod” tag can be associated with a security policy, or scaling policy. Tagging simplifies management, as users don’t have to include policies as they model applications.
  • Security Profiles: Are built on top of CloudCenter’s existing policy management engine to decipher, evaluate and push rules to the cloud. This new feature addresses previous security limitations where an application could not be deployed with different security settings without changing the application profile. Security Profiles work with the new tag-based governance features to increase flexibility. During the deployment process, all security profiles are translated from tags to rules that are applied on a per-tier and per-service basis.
  • VM Inventory Management: You can now find and manage VMs in a cloud environment that weren’t originally launched by CloudCenter. The VM Inventory view shows all VMs, and offers an action list with a set of basic actions for those not launched by CloudCenter.
  • External Storage List: CloudCenter now maintains a list of repositories for application packages and scripts. You can use CliQr storage or your choice of repository such as Amazon S3 to simplify package management. Role based access gives admins control over who can access various repositories.
  • Suspend VM Operations: You can now suspend VMs to stop incurring cloud fees, but persist application data. You can restart the deployment with a different IP address or use scripts to configure the same IP address to the DNS server.
  • LDAP Group sync for SSO: CloudCenter supports an additional attribute to create an Identity Provider (IPD) user group. The SAML settings use the user group attribute as the user group name to create users.

CloudCenter Orchestrator

  • IBM Softlayer: CliQr has added support for yet another cloud! Now you can add IBM SoftLayer in the Cloud Configuration section and provision shared storage, and get “one click” deployment and migration to the IBM public cloud.
  • Amazon Web services: We’ve added out of box support for Elastic Load Balancer (EBS).
  • VMware: We’ve added integration with NSX. NSX micro segmentation creates powerful security zones in VMware environments. But it needs management and orchestration to make it application aware. Stay tuned for a blog from CliQr CTO Tenry Fu on how CliQr and NSX can transform intra datacenter security. Also, we have added a new “preDestroy” module for VMware environments to remotely monitor VMs before end of life actions.
  • OpenStack: we’ve added a custom “vmName” macro that enables custom host naming in OpenStack environments.
  • Automatic Agent Upgrade: Introduces auto-upgrade for the worker agent bundle. Worker VMs now periodically perform upgrade checks and automatically upgrade if a new bundle is available.

API Changes

  • New – Suspend Job: Suspend a running job. The VM is powered off and remains in the NodeSuspended state.
  • New – Resume Job: Resume  a stopped or suspended job. The jobs and services for the VM are resumed and displays the NodeReady state.
  • New – Get Policies: Returns a list of policies for a specific Policy ID. The Submit Job API uses this API to add policies at run time
  • Submit Job: Now includes the policies attribute
  • Create User: Now includes the externalId and password attributes
  • Get Job Details: Now includes the appId, appName, hostname, startTime, and endTime attributes

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