Cloud management software business Abiquo has added Docker container support and virtual machine templates into version 3.4. Docker support is added via a new plugin, and allows customers to manage multiple real production workloads running in Docker containers.
Abiquo claims Docker is now as ‘easy as using a VM on a hypervisor, dramatically reducing the need to learn terminal commands, ’ and allows businesses to move and manage Docker instances alongside VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM and Citrix systems and on Amazon, Microsoft, Google, DigitalOcean public clouds. Abiquo 3.4 also extends public cloud support with IBM SoftLayer and CloudSigma via the Abiquo hybrid cloud solution.
Additionally Abiquo claims their technology also improves Docker’s usage of networks and storage. For DevOps teams, Abiquo brings a consistent REST API to Docker, giving programmatic access to all infrastructure types. For Admins, Abiquo’s logging and reporting extends its class-leading management to Docker for true enterprise-grade control.
Abiquo 3.4 now supports virtual machine templates with multiple disks, enabling users to create templates that allow sophisticated drive requirements to be emulated for specific applications, particularly in Microsoft Windows environments.
Other features include added support for Microsoft Azure, which enables users to easily add and manage the environment as an Abiquo public cloud region within the Abiquo 3.2 cloud management platform, and an OpenStack plugin.
“The very nature of the cloud means that CIOs and senior IT decision makers often worry that they have lost control and visibility of their IT estate. With the launch of Abiquo 3.4 these fears can be addressed.” comments Ian Finlay, COO at Abiquo. “The addition of Docker support, new public clouds and multi-disk templates means CIOs will have more control than ever before and gain a 360 degree view of their infrastructure, both now and in the future.”