As organizations mature along their hybrid cloud journey, many seek to diversify their clouds and tools to take advantage of best of breed options, reduce vendor lock-in, and allow preferences among different organizational groups. In our recent research, we’ve found that over half of IT leaders believe providing an ability to choose best of breed for specific current functions is why it’s important to diversify beyond a single public cloud provider.
The problems arise when you need to manage, optimize, orchestrate, and automate among a growing set of clouds and tools. Organizations don’t want to travel between multiple consoles just to maintain a stable environment. They don’t want to aggregate cloud spends in spreadsheets utilizing native platform tools. They don’t have the time and resources to build and maintain integrations among all tools so they can automate and orchestrate to be more efficient. Our research shows 6% have workloads only hosted in a single cloud. 80% have up to 50% of their workloads hosted in a multi-cloud environment.
Organizations want to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) but they also want to use Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). They want to use Ansible, Terraform, Kubernetes and whatever comes next! They want to seamlessly switch between Cloud Management Platform (CMPs) and even deploy one to replace another.
Customer aspirations have out-paced technology…. Until now!
CloudBolt Software announces its Summer ’21 release today featuring new capabilities to its award-wining cloud management, cost management, and codeless integration solutions. These include comprehensive GCP support, rich multi-cloud budgeting and cost trending insights, and a robust API framework for greater automation flexibility. We also added support for even more IT automation tools (e.g., VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Cloud, ServiceNow, Ansible Tower, etc.) to help enterprises reduce custom integration headaches as they invest in more tools for hybrid cloud.
What is in each release and how does it help in a multi-cloud/tool world?
Cloud cost management enhancements
New cost optimization for GCP – CloudBolt’s cost management platform now supports GCP, building on the product’s richness for AWS, Azure, and VMware. As the only vendor employing automation for cost control, CloudBolt can now continuously notify FinOps of real-time cost saving opportunities, while providing a single pane of glass for public cloud optimization across all the major hyperscalers.
New budgeting capabilities for FinOps teams – Summer ‘21 new capabilities make FinOps teams even more effective across all hyperscale environments. This includes the ability to create monthly, quarterly, and annual budgets; understand historical cost trends to avoid surprise cloud bills; real-time alerts when spend thresholds are reached; and improved currency conversion to support global needs. Also, the new currency conversion feature helps global enterprises to convert currencies using the approved currency ratios for simplified invoicing and financial transparency.
Cloud management platform enhancements – CMP 9.4.6
Enhanced GCP management and visibility – Summer ’21 provides ITOps team with a single place for all things Google (e.g., Google servers, Google Storage Cloud, etc.). This includes comprehensive visibility into your GCP servers (e.g., CPU, memory, etc.); ease of tagging of GCP resources (e.g. by groups, users) for better monitoring and visibility; and improved blueprints for faster self-service of Google Storage Cloud.
New API v3 framework for improved flexibility – Summer ’21 introduces a new API v3 framework for CloudBolt enabling even greater automation flexibility for ITOps and DevOps teams. This approach simplifies resource provisioning and management using CloudBolt API integration with a third-party system such as ServiceNow, Terraform, etc.
Enhanced multi-tenancy support – CloudBolt now supports enhanced multi-tenancy, enabling MSPs and global enterprises, in particular, to better control and manage their hybrid cloud across different customers, regions, and user groups.
Codeless integration enhancements – OneFuse v1.4
New codeless integration support—OneFuse v1.4 brings two new downstream integration modules to popular IT services: Microsoft IPAM, and F5 BIG-IP. It also offers new platform support for Ansible, ServiceNow, VMware vRA Cloud, and CloudBolt CMP, significantly improving integrations to and from these management platforms.
New pluggable modules—In prior versions of OneFuse, you had to update the entire application to add new integrations or support for new platforms. In OneFuse v1.4, we introduce ‘Pluggable Modules’ where you can easily add or update existing modules without an upgrade. This saves customer time and risk by avoiding an entire application upgrade.