|[July 28, 2014]
Bringing New Intelligence to Cloud Orchestration with Cloudify 3.0
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Technologies today announced it has completely re-architected its
Cloudify offering to provide Intelligent Orchestration of applications
on the cloud. With this product rewrite, the new Cloudify
orchestration platform simplifies the application deployment,
management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other
clouds and environments.
In current orchestration models, most tools focus primarily on
application installation, while much of application management occurs
after deployment. As a result, vast custom tool chains are often used to
manually manage post-deployment processes such as monitoring and
logging, leading to significant overhead, complexity and inconsistency
across systems. Cloudify's redesign provides a simple solution for
managing the full application lifecycle. The new intelligent
orchestration model introduces a feedback loop that automates fixes and
updates without manual intervention, all with a single platform that
integrates with any tool chain. Cloudify 3.0 reduces the complexity of
cloud application management and ensures that managed applications meet
their desired SLA.
"To deliver this next generation, intelligent orchestration, we needed
to rethink Cloudify's design," said Yaron Parasol, VP of Product at
GigaSpaces (News - Alert). "With a new language of code, adoption of industry standards
and development of scalable and custom workflows, we created something
that few are doing today - orchestration of the entire app
lifecycle that encompasses both pre-deployment and post-deployment
management with a single platform."
the Cloudify product team share what's new with Cloudify 3.
New intelligence in orchestration: Cloudify 3.0 eliminatesthe
boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism
that automatically reacts to monitored events with appropriate
corrective measures. Version 3.0 includes these building blocks of
custom workflows, a workflow engine and a modeling language that
enables the automation of any process and any stack. The subsequent
release (due in Q4 2014) will introduce monitoring and custom policies
for automated triggering of such corrective measures to provide
auto-healing and auto-scaling capabilities.
Integrating the entire automation and monitoring tool chain: Cloudify
3.0 brings together a variety of tools that are used throughout the
various stages of the application lifecycle. In doing so, Cloudify
promotes common industry best practices, making it easy to integrate
and use best-of-breed tools to manage the environment. Cloudify has a
new plug-in architecture that enables easy integration of a wide range
of tools for monitoring, configuration management and cloud
infrastructure. Examples of such integration include Chef, Puppet,
Fabric and Docker for configuration management, OpenStack Heat for
infrastructure orchestration, logstash and Elasticsearch for logging
and monitoring, and Reimann.IO for real-time analytics.
Native integration with OpenStack: As OpenStack is fast
becoming the de facto standard for private clouds, Cloudify 3.0 offers
even tighter integration with OpenStack technology and core services,
including KeyStone, Neutron, Nova and Heat. The underlying design of
Cloudify was re-architected to match the design principles of
OpenStack services, including the rewriting of the core services in
Python and leveraging common infrastructure building blocks such as
Support for VMware, CloudStack, SoftLayer (News - Alert) and other clouds: Cloudify
3.0 contains built-in plug-ins for VMware vSphere and Apache
CloudStack, and will soon have plug-ins for vCloud and SoftLayer. It
comes with open plug-in architecture to support other clouds,
including Amazon AWS, GCE and Linux containers such as Docker
(plug-ins for all of which will be released in the coming few weeks).
With Cloudify 3.0, users can span the same application across multiple
cloud environments without creating a new Cloudify setup per
environment. This is useful for users who are transitioning from their
existing environment into a cloud environment and also for allowing
bursting and hybrid deployments between OpenStack, VMware, Amazon and
New topology-driven monitoring: Cloudify 3.0 introduces a new
concept of topology-driven monitoring in which the entire application
management and tracking system is centralized around the application
topology, rather than the infrastructure. This makes it possible at
any given moment to track not only the state of the application, but
also the status of deployment, updates and scaling processes through a
single view. As the monitoring system is integrated with the
orchestration engine, the two systems are always in sync and up to
date, eliminating the need to rely on external discover services.
Support for the TOSCA specification: TOSCA (Topology and
Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) allows users to
describe any set of automation processes on cloud applications with an
extendable set of hooks and component types. Cloudify 3.0 uses a
YAML-based orchestration template driven by the TOSCA specification.
The next release of Cloudify will include full syntax compatibility
with the TOSCA specification as soon as it becomes officially
Multiple applications that can span thousands of nodes:
Cloudify 3.0 allows for management and monitoring of large scale
applications using a message broker to manage the communication with
its managed instances and a logging and analysis engine for big data
Technologies provides software middleware for deployment, management
and scaling of mission-critical applications on cloud environments
through two main product lines, XAP
In-Memory Computing and Cloudify.
Hundreds of Tier-1 organizations worldwide are leveraging GigaSpaces'
technology to enhance IT efficiency and performance, from top financial
firms, e-commerce companies, online gaming providers, healthcare
organizations and telecom carriers.
GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices in the US, Europe and
Asia. For more information, please visit www.gigaspaces.com
or our blog at blog.gigaspaces.com.
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