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Talligent provides key insights in cloud capacity, utilization, and costs across OpenStack and VMware clouds

Talligent, the leading provider of cost and capacity management solutions for OpenStack and hybrid clouds, today announced the general availability of Openbook v3 and is scheduling demos and evaluations of its new functionality.  Openbook is cloud management software that simplifies the tasks of planning, charging, and predicting capacity requirements for cloud services.  Talligent gives the administrator and tenant real-time visibility of resources and accrued costs, as well as the ability to scale up or down according to budget and resource requirements.

Enterprise adoption of OpenStack is growing quickly, driven by the interest in providing on-demand cloud services behind the firewall.  Private cloud deployments increase the agility of IT departments to respond to infrastructure requests, increase control of company digital assets, and reduce the need for shadow IT services from public cloud providers.  In response to this increase in market demand, Talligent has added functionality to support private cloud use cases such as chargeback, utilization tracking for sprawl control, single pane of glass view of hybrid clouds, and capacity reporting to improve resource and budget planning of cloud growth.

"Talligent is helping bring new and useful features to the OpenStack vendor ecosystem, giving users greater choice and flexibility in how they manage capacity and cost in private and hybrid scenarios," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. "In a short period of time, they've introduced and iterated their product based on feedback from users and the community, and we're looking forward to seeing what they'll bring to market and to our community next."

The release of Openbook v3 is based on several months of close interaction and detailed feedback from operators of large scale private and public clouds based on OpenStack and VMware.  The refined feature set available in v3 includes:

  • Clear reports of utilization and growth trends at the cloud provider, business unit, cost center, and tenant level for capacity and budget planning.
  • A VMware adapter to support hybrid cloud environments and provide costs comparisons of workloads running in VMware or OpenStack instances.  Azure support is coming soon.
  • Enhanced chargeback and showback reporting that rolls up multiple tenants to a single cost center, while also providing ad hoc drill down of the detail resource consumption and associated costs.
  • The ability to include non-OpenStack infrastructure elements, custom metrics, or services into rates plans and billing models via API or user-defined fields.

"Talligent's mission is to help companies run their private or public clouds as a business.  Successful, cost competitive cloud operations are a delicate balancing act between supply and demand," said Sanjay Mishra, CEO of Talligent.  "Cloud subscribers expect fully elastic, instantly available cloud services.  Cloud providers have to accurately plan for this demand while balancing budgets and encouraging efficient use.  Openbook solves this problem by providing subscribers and providers with clear visibility of cloud costs, assigned and consumed resources, and utilization with an out of the box, easy to deploy solution."

Within a private cloud deployment, cloud subscribers need to know how much resources have been allocated for their project, what those resources cost, and how much has been consumed so that they can budget and allocate resources appropriately.  The cloud provider needs a holistic view of the cloud capacity and consumption, as well as the ability to drill down to tenant and business units in order to add capacity in a timely manner.  Openbook v3 is designed to provide actionable data to both the cloud subscriber and cloud providers.

OpenBook v3 is compatible with Icehouse, Juno, Kilo, and Liberty releases of OpenStack and is available via the Canonical Juju Charm store, Heat template, or Fuel plug-in.  Talligent is closely aligned with the key distribution partners to ensure compatibility and ease of deployment for our customers.  Evaluations and demonstrations of the latest release are available by request from Talligent (
Published Wednesday, December 02, 2015 10:16 AM by David Marshall
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