Cloudify released on August 18th, 2022, version 6.4 of its open source Cloudify DevOps automation platform, which bridges the gap between applications and their cloud environments. This will enable teams to develop and manage environments and remove obstacles between developers and production.
The rise of Platform Engineering
Platform engineering is a process organizations can use to leverage their cloud platform as efficiently as possible so that engineers can deliver value to production quickly and reliably.
Cloudify adds new environment management and remote execution.
Cloudify 6.4 introduces a simple approach for enabling Platform Engineering teams to turn their application and infrastructure resources into a self-service environment within a matter of a few hours. The latest version also delivers enhanced remote execution capabilities for Day-2 operations management as well as a simplified self-service experience for developers.
“What organizations desperately need today is a platform that lets apps and infrastructure work better together in cloud-native environments, and that’s what Cloudify does,” said Ariel Dan, CEO of Cloudify. “Cloudify’s Environment-as-a-Service (EaaS) technology streamlines workflows and integrates the best tools across clouds throughout the application lifecycle, from developer self-service to automated Day 2 operations. Cloudify 6.4 is one of the most feature-packed releases we’ve ever delivered; it simplifies EaaS to the point that DevOps and IT teams can now develop and manage cloud infrastructure environments in much the same way as they create and manage applications.”
Cloudify 6.4 will give you the space you need for customization without having to wait for DevOps or IT. You’ll have faster-testing cycles, higher consistency between teams, and quicker troubleshooting times.
New User Interface
Cloudify 6.4 has a new, wizard-based user interface that simplifies environment configuration and provides access to a revamped catalog of more than 160 environments that are ready to be used out-of-the-box. These environments support a wide range of resources from all major cloud providers and include major infrastructure, monitoring, and security tools such as Terraform, Kubernetes, CloudFormation, Azure ARM, Helm, Docker, Ansible, and more.
Cloudify is specifically optimized for managing Kubernetes and Terraform-based environments. One of the key enhancements in Cloudify 6.4 is the provision of a Terraform Atlantis-compatible “Pull Request Automation” experience through a revamped Git Action integration and GUI-based Terraform module import utility that allows users to import their existing Terraform module from a local file or a Git repository and turn it into a self-service environment through a simple, step-by-step approach.
Integration with ServiceNow
Cloudify 6.4 integrates natively with the ServiceNow® IT operations management (ITOM) platform, enabling platform teams and Cloud Centers of Excellence (CCoE) teams to have an end-to-end solution for planning, applying, and scanning governance policies within the platform. Cloudify 6.4 closes the loop between provisioning and continuous governance by integrating ServiceNow ITOM policy management with the Cloudify action library, a remote execution that can handle a wide range of remediation action on infrastructure resources. This integration ensures that CI/CD pipeline operations and remediation tasks remain consistent and do not conflict with one another.
Intelligent Continuous Update Workflow
Cloudify 6.4 introduces a new, intelligent workflow to manage continuous update operations. This workflow encapsulates the continuous update logic as part of the environment definition. It provides a consistent interface enabling users to customize the way update operations are handled across a wide range of use cases.
Cloudify 6.4 automatically detects which resources need updating including Terraform modules, configuration inputs, in-place upgrades, and governance policies, and applies updates as needed.
In addition, Cloudify 6.4 automatically triggers healing and recovery of failed resources.
Out-of-the-Box Pre-Deployment Governance
Cloudify 6.4 integrates with security and syntax validation (DevSecOps) and cost estimation tools as part of the environment definition. In this way platform teams can ensure consistency and prevent violation of regulations and policies without becoming a bottleneck.