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ElasticBox Extends Hybrid Cloud Management with Additional Support for Clouds and Containers

ElasticBox, the hybrid cloud application manager, today announced updates to its enterprise SaaS and virtual appliance products. This release brings enhanced capabilities to enable IT organizations to drive value, productivity and confidence throughout the enterprise. ElasticBox enables enterprises to scale and update private and public cloud deployments, and to easily migrate workloads from one cloud to another. ElasticBox provides a highly adaptive model that helps customers standardize the process of deployments and provision environments to ensure the ongoing performance of production applications.

"Based upon customer feedback, we continue to enhance ElasticBox to help our customers maximize the efficiency of their cloud operations. We're excited about these enhancements which help enterprises take advantage of the latest services from cloud providers and the promise of containers," shared Carol Carpenter, CEO of ElasticBox.

Additional Capabilities for Clouds
Today, ElasticBox enables application orchestration for more than 12 different cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, VMware and more. Based upon customer demand, ElasticBox has added support for CenturyLink Cloud, and has also added additional feature support for Google Compute Engine (GCE) and OpenStack.

Customers of ElasticBox can now take advantage of additional capabilities based on their needs, including: GCE features such as autoscaling support, Windows instances support, and a new functionality that allows users to select boot disk size. ElasticBox has also expanded its support for OpenStack implementations, adding support for Keystone v3 of OpenStack and Cinder v2, along with improved detection on providers without Cinder support.

Cloning an Instance On-Demand
Many enterprises are struggling to deploy and manage workloads at scale. ElasticBox has added a single pull-down button to clone an instance in production and all its related meta-data for deployment. With this single pull-down, users can now migrate a workload from one cloud to another by changing the deployment policy with a single click.

Kubernetes Support
While ElasticBox already supports the orchestration of Docker containers and Amazon ECS container support, ElasticBox has now added Kubernetes as another destination for applications. Kubernetes from the Google Compute Engine is supported as a deployment target, allowing users to build applications and package them with the appropriate configurations for the Google cloud. This expands the deployment options for customers who are seeking to create a wide range of applications that can be packaged into a container and managed via ElasticBox.

Continued Investments
With many enterprise IT organizations continuing to evaluate the feasibility of implementing cloud computing technologies within their own environment, mission-critical applications remain the primary consideration. Following is a list of on-going investments:

Management: Enhanced IT administration portal for managing users and permissions via AD or SAML environments, provisioning and reporting insights are available for key decisions related to performance. With this latest update, customers now have LDAP improvements to support thousands of groups.

Self-service portal experiences: IT can better manage users and workspaces while also defining which applications are made available based on internal policies defined by the enterprise. Self-service users include - application owners, IT administration and line-of-business users.

Public Application Boxes: ElasticBox has now added application boxes to the public repository. These application boxes combine all the components and microservices such as: frontend modules, databases, middle-tier application services, load balancers, and more. Like any other box, they can be modeled and deployed with a modern interactive live application viewer.

Product Information and Availability
Customers automatically gain access to the latest features that are enabled in both the SaaS and on-premises Virtual Appliance platform offerings.

Published Thursday, March 03, 2016 2:41 PM by David Marshall
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