CliQr’s CloudCenter Platform Sets New Industry Standard for Enterprise-class Hybrid Cloud Management at VMworld
Platform delivers new “drag-and-drop” application profile design, integration with existing enterprise tools and processes, cross-cloud software release and lifecycle management, cloud-to-cloud image transformation, extended support for cloud services, and financial controls
Santa Clara, Calif., August 25, 2014—CliQr Technologies, the leader in hybrid cloud management, today announced new features to its award-winning CloudCenter™ platform, resetting the standard for enterprise-class hybrid cloud computing. CloudCenter was designed to provide enterprises the flexibility to choose the cloud services they want without fear of vendor lock-in, helping them realize the benefits of hybrid cloud computing.
“This new release of CloudCenter is a game-changer for hybrid cloud management,” said Gaurav Manglik, co-founder and CEO of CliQr. “CloudCenter makes it easy for businesses to take advantage of a vast variety of cloud execution venues that best align with their applications and use cases. Whether starting simply or deploying a complex ITaaS environment, CloudCenter now turns hybrid cloud computing into a real IT utility for businesses by adding all the features companies need to manage one or many applications, clouds, and users in a single integrated platform.”
“NTT i3 and CliQr share a common belief that for cloud computing to reach its full potential there needs to be an efficient way to de-couple business applications from the complexity of inherently diverse hybrid cloud environments,” said Srini Koushik, president and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute, Inc, the R&D center of NTT Group, the global leader of information and communication technology services. “We’re pleased to partner with CliQr to deliver complete lifecycle management of both new and existing applications with a suite of hybrid cloud management services for NTT clouds.”
The new version of the CloudCenter offers a highly intuitive, integrated and a user-friendly platform that addresses the full lifecycle of migration, governance, and management of one or many applications, clouds, and users. CloudCenter’s new features fall into three categories including Migration Efficiencies, Expanded Integration and New Management capabilities. These features include:
- Graphical Application Topology Designer: This new drag-and-drop graphical user interface enables users to build cloud-agnostic descriptions of application service requirements and dependencies giving users the ability to mimic architectural diagrams drawn with tools like Visio or PowerPoint. Drawings created with the interface can be immediately provisioned on any CloudCenter-supported physical, private, or public cloud.
- Image Management: CliQr’s CloudCenter recognizes that businesses are approaching the cloud from different starting points. Whether migrating and managing a few well-known applications, or images of one or more applications and application components—CloudCenter supports ingesting both application packages and images for automated deployment and full lifecycle management across one or more clouds. The new release of CloudCenter has expanded image support that enables:
- Image Import: Customers can now bring their own images to CliQr. Upon import, CloudCenter injects the images with its runtime agent so that applications created through the platform with the enhanced images are manageable and governable by CliQr. The image is otherwise unchanged but now enjoys the benefits of any other application deployable by CloudCenter.
- Image Transformation: CloudCenter can now transform images and fluidly move them between a variety of sources, target platforms and cloud environments including AWS, VMware, OpenStack, HP and more—enabling these workloads to fully participate in CliQr-delivered lifecycle management.
- Expanded Integration Support: Additional REST API support makes it easy to integrate with existing tool-sets large enterprises may already have in place, such as SAML/SSO, New Relic, Sensu, Nagios, ServiceNow, Jenkins, Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack.
- Extended Cloud Services Support: CloudCenter provides cloud portability while leveraging each cloud’s unique infrastructure and value-add services. The new release expands the selectable cloud to now include AWS’ Relational Database and Elastic Load Balancing services as well as Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud SQL service. CloudCenter also enables applications to be moved between to other clouds without such services, when functionally equivalent services can be automatically substituted.
- Support for Physical Clouds: CliQr now adds the support of physical clouds to its existing support of private and public clouds. Beginning with support for physical environments that are managed by Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) Director, CloudCenter can now migrate, govern, and manage workloads on physical clouds that automate machine provisioning without the use of a hypervisor, giving full access to a physical machine in minutes. To CloudCenter, this becomes simply another potential target for application deployments, giving customers additional flexibility when choosing clouds.
- Software Lifecycle Management: Administrators can now create separate environments in CloudCenter to handle different phases of a typical software lifecycle. For example development, test, and production can be handled separately while applying promote and approval workflows within or between different cloud environments in order to provide improved efficiencies, added control and the ability to select different best-execution venues based on software release stages.
- Financial Controls: CloudCenter extends its integrated billing, showback/chargeback features to now also include budget based capacity plans. Administrators can now create summary reports across tenants and drill down to see specific usage.
You can see a live demo of the CloudCenter platform and get more details at VMworld at the CliQr booth 216.
About CliQr Technologies
CliQr Technologies is a leading provider of hybrid cloud management solutions. Offering full lifecycle management delivered in a single, intuitive packaged platform, CliQr enables businesses to easily and efficiently migrate, govern, and manage one to many applications, users, and clouds. CliQr’s application-centric technology de-couples applications from the complexity of hybrid cloud environments, allowing them to be fluidly moved and managed to and between any cloud. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with locations in Canada, India, and Czech Republic, CliQr is backed by Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, and TransLink Capital. For additional information, please visit http://cliqr.com.
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