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@Talligent Releases OpenBook 2nd Edition for #OpenStack Billing and #Chargeback
Talligent announced the general availability of OpenBook 2nd Edition, offering unique integration with OpenStack APIs for reseller support and automated customer self-service.

Service provider and enterprises require easy-to-deploy, flexible, and hardened cloud platforms to run their business. They also require billing and control processes to effectively monetize their investment. OpenBook 2nd Edition is the solution for a Business-Ready Cloud on OpenStack. New functionality includes:

  • Multi-level reseller support
  • Automated customer onboarding and self-service
  • Icehouse support

Multi-level Reseller Support
Talligent has worked closely with service providers to develop functionality that supports the easy on-boarding of cloud resellers. Resellers can individually rebrand the web portal and invoices with reseller's logo, name, and color scheme; create their own pricing and promotions; and manage separate merchant accounts. The master service provider can set individual reseller quotas and support direct customers in the same environment. OpenBook supports multi-tenancy and isolation of rate plans and tenant/customer usage for service providers and enterprises alike.

Customer On-boarding and Self-service
OpenBook provides an on-demand self-service workflow, satisfying a key objective for most cloud deployments. This automation increases resource provisioning responsiveness, improves efficiency by allowing customer to right size their assigned resources, and reduces management overhead of the cloud. No longer do you need to assign limited OpenStack staff to respond to a multitude of cloud change requests.

OpenBook includes a customer portal for viewing past and present charges, tiers, quotas and provisioned resources; Keystone integration for project level user administration; and workflow to route for manager approval of quota requests (as appropriate). The solution can also be integrated into a customer portal or Horizon dashboard. With customer self-service and automatic provisioning of resources, an OpenStack Cloud functions in a manner similar to a public cloud.

Business-Ready Cloud
A Business-Ready Cloud requires business processes and controls. Once your OpenStack cloud is deployed, you need the visibility and control to maintain high operational efficiency, as well as the billing flexibility to keep up with ever-changing customer requirements and market conditions. Public and private cloud offerings and prices are evolving rapidly - Talligent supplies the tools to evolve your cloud and compete.

Learn more by visiting www.talligent.com.

 

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:08 PM by David Marshall
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