CliQr’s CloudCenter Sets New Standard for Cloud-Based IT-as-a-Service
Latest Version Delivers Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud Governance, Integrated Policy and Role-based Management Spanning Multiple Private and Public Clouds, Users, Applications
Santa Clara, Calif., Nov. 11, 2013 – CliQr Technologies, the leader in making cloud migration, management and mobility a reality, today announced the latest version of CloudCenterTM with new advanced cloud-based IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) features that give organizations unparalleled flexibility, convenience and control across any cloud environment. Increasing efficiency while reducing costs, the CliQr CloudCenter enhances self-service functionality to streamline cloud-based application deployment and management.
Innovation-centric. Not infrastructure-centric
Cloud computing is changing IT beyond its traditional role of being responsible for controlling the delivery of infrastructure for application development, testing and operations. Today, with the cloud’s infrastructure resources available on-demand, users can rapidly develop and deploy new applications, and migrate existing applications as desired. While this agility provides tremendous advantages surrounding business innovation, there’s the need for a new way of thinking within enterprises that allows organizations to harness the flexibility of the cloud while still managing and enforcing corporate governance policies across clouds, applications and users.
“Leading organizations are quickly realizing that rather than try to stop the growth of shadow IT initiatives, companies can in fact harness and appropriately nourish this push towards accelerated innovation through cloud-based IT as a Service,” said Gaurav Manglik, CEO and co-founder of CliQr Technologies. “CliQr’s CloudCenter provides an integrated platform that allows IT to manage and enforce multiple users, applications and clouds—private and public—all with a single solution. CliQr’s platform provides the tipping-point IT has always been looking for. Our technology allows enterprises to take full advantage of the benefits that the cloud has promised for years.”
“Organizations continue to struggle to fully harness the potential of the cloud, particularly when it comes to delivering on the promise of agility while satisfying governance requirements,” said Paul Burns, president of Neovise, a cloud computing research firm. “CliQr’s CloudCenter is a solid example of the technology needed to overcome prevalent cloud challenges and fuel the transition to IT as a Service models that will drive business innovation forward.”
CloudCenter now enables IT to provide role-based access to applications and clouds making it easy to migrate both existing and newly developed business applications to one or more private and/or public clouds. CloudCenter, which provides for governance based on IT policies and practices, also allows applications to be published, monitored, metered and managed within private app stores.
Common cloud governance reduces costs and increases efficiency
With the latest release of CloudCenter, enterprises will be able to deploy a single large instance of multi-user shared storage and dynamically allocate volume to individual users with the flexibility to adjust the quota per user. The out-of-the box distributed file system architecture is the first of its kind to be implemented across all clouds, making CliQr the first secure “NAS on the cloud” solution for the enterprise. Corporations will immediately see the benefits of a scalable-shared storage with improved efficiency of usage and reduced cumulative cost. In addition, CloudCenter introduces fine-grained control over access to applications and helps create a cloud based on users, user-groups or roles. This new feature, along with the reporting and auditing capabilities of the CliQr platform will allow enterprises to monitor user activities based on permissions, and maintain hierarchy of roles—all from a single pane of glass.
Private app store gives business users easy access to applications they need
CliQr CloudCenter now provides IT the essential tools for self-service access to various business applications via a private app store. Business users can use this marketplace to search applications by category or tag, and subsequently import to their app catalogue. The on-boarding of business applications to the app store includes any type of legacy application such as Siebel to big data/big compute jobs to any multi-tier web application that is designed for scalability. Additionally, the app store allows IT to define the cost of using the application for departmental chargeback, while maintaining the centralized control around permissions to publish applications to the enterprise app store.
Hybrid/ multi-cloud management ensures maximum portability across all cloud environments
The additions to CloudCenter make it extremely simple for enterprises to re-use existing infrastructure investments. For example, it allows users to as bring their own cloud account credentials and authorizes them to leverage prior service level agreements with cloud providers, and pay based upon the agreed upon terms for cloud costs. It allows not only importing virtual/application images of legacy applications into CloudCenter as part of a custom profile, but also scripts from cloud configuration tools such as Puppet and Chef into application profile description—all making it a developer/operation friendly platform. Moreover, CliQr allows configuration and customization of cloud settings, including options to override default pricing and access to cloud instance types. The enterprise dashboard now provides stakeholders access to all critical information through a notification service, in addition to the multi-cloud console for viewing all activities such as deployments by clouds, users, applications, usage cost and cloud health status.
Auditing, alerts and monitoring features increase visibility and reduce resolution time
Built to cater for enterprise-ready monitoring needs, CloudCenter automatically alerts IT to any issue via email or notification service on the dashboard. This integrated monitoring allows IT to keep an eye on infrastructure performance such as CPU, memory, storage, etc., and automatically triggers actions such as alerting and auto scaling based on previously set policies. The notification service in the dashboard is designed to help prioritize actions and reduce false alarms based on severity of notifications. The auditing capabilities of the CloudCenter now allow IT to audit user’s activities based on their roles. The enhanced user interface allows businesses to view the consolidated billing information for all users and their usage for cloud fees and CliQr management fees.
The new version of CloudCenter is currently available. CliQr will be showcasing these new features at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Nov. 12-15, 2013 at booth #817.
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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