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Multi-cloud and often times heterogeneous stacks — clouds alongside containers — have become the new reality in organizations, and OpenStack is often at the core of these multi-cloud and stack deployments. From a recent study, OpenStack private cloud is deployed as often as AWS, and is one of the leading infrastructures of choice in many use cases – including NFV, retail, and many others. Cloudify provides a common layer of automation to manage all of your OpenStack and network resources, alongside other clouds seamlessly.
Hybrid cloud is changing the way we create applications. It’s now easier than ever for application development teams to reach out and work directly on cloud environments. But for IT leaders, the situation has become problematic. They’re now dealing with countless applications running independently on multiple, disjointed cloud environments.
Built-in Network Orchestration
Networking becomes a core service in any cloud deployment. Networking refers to any element under this general group of services, including security groups, private IPs, floating IPs, along with routers, DNS, vLANs, load balancers, and any other required networking function. Cloudify includes support for all the networking elements, and can help automate the creation and management of these networking requirements all as part of the application deployment.
Many Fortune 100 retail companies are betting on OpenStack to enable innovation in a competitive landscape where cost optimization, feature rollout, and IT efficiency is key. Cloudify enables you to manage your OpenStack operation alongside your previous installbases, containers, and much more -- to take advantage of the promise of OpenStack while optimizing your existing technology first.
Users can create machine instances, provision their software stack (even multi-tier stacks), manage their dependencies, add logging, monitoring, and policies on top, all using the OpenStack standard orchestration language – TOSCA.
Cloudify uses the TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) specification as its standard templating language. The current integration includes mapping of the current HOT template into the Cloudify/TOSCA format. We are also working with the Heat team to have official support for TOSCA as a standard templating language within Heat.
Cloudify integrates seamlessly with VMware Integrated OpenStack, vSphere, and vCloud. Support for all VMware environments provides users with a common management and automation framework. This makes it possible to easily build and manage hybrid cloud with VMware and OpenStack clouds.
While OpenStack is becoming the de-facto standard for private cloud, the public cloud arena is still mostly dominated by AWS and GCE. Cloudify comes with built-in support for other public clouds making it simpler for OpenStack users to expand their OpenStack environment into AWS or other public clouds on-demand.