AMP 5.1 released

Cloudsoft AMP UI

Cloudsoft is excited to announce the GA of AMP 5.1. Get the latest version.

It’s been just under 3 months since the landmark release 5.0 brought in bundles as the way to package blueprints and their resources and added AMP Cluster for extremely high scalability plus customizability to our UI.

Since then our engineers and the Apache Brooklyn community have continued their hard work with major UI improvements, an AWS Services Pack, more AMP Cluster features, and many other improvements.  

New AWS Services Pack

Including support for Route 53, Elastic Load Balancers, and more, the AWS Services Pack is included with AMP and puts key AWS services just a click away in your Blueprint Composer.  Simple config options let these be configured to track other entities, giving more choice in designing high-quality blueprint with cloud-native services.

Enhanced AMP Cluster

Now containing multiple overseers and label-based placement, the AMP Cluster solution delivered in 5.0 allowed AMP to scale to run up to hundreds of AMP nodes in a cluster.  With the new “multiple overseers” pattern, this can be scaled far further, with hundreds of such AMP node clusters — “AMP-of-AMPs” style — and the ability to use labels to constrain which AMP nodes and clusters are permitted to run selected workloads.  This allows AMP customers to enforce separation between dev/prod workloads — or between different tenants — even in the management tier.

Improved User Interface

Bundles are now visible and editable in the UI, making blueprint development and management easier, and catalog loads — such as in the Composer palette and in the Quick Launch — are now lightning quick.

There are many more, such as REST calls now being logged consistently for analysis, Windows fixes in the CLI and WinRM, and new REST endpoints for bundles.  


First stage of UShareSoft’s collaboration with Cloudsoft

UShareSoft, a Fujitsu Company, Announces UForge AppCenter 3.8, Making Hybrid Cloud Application Delivery Easier than Ever

New Features Automate ‘Build to Deploy’ for Immutable Application Delivery

Fujitsu EMEIA

Grenoble, France, February 08, 2018 – UShareSoft, a Fujitsu company and leader in Hybrid IT application automation, today launches UForge AppCenter 3.8. The new release further simplifies application delivery in hybrid IT environments, letting customers model, build and deploy applications from a single console. It also makes it faster and easier for customers to move workloads between data centers and clouds.

A recent survey of IT decision makers commissioned by Fujitsu found that over half of them find it difficult to balance agility and control in their technology choices, and lack the in-house skills needed to manage their cloud estate. Moreover, an overwhelming 80 percent want to move workloads between clouds more easily. Organizations are also looking to avoid lock in to a specific cloud platform or vendor.

To help businesses meet these challenges, UForge AppCenter 3.8 provides ‘quick launch’ functionality, instantly deploying applications to cloud. It lets customers model application stacks once, then builds cloud-ready machine images and deploys directly to multiple clouds. This ‘model once, run anywhere’ approach provides immutable, repeatable application delivery across platforms, so customers benefit from greater agility without sacrificing control and governance over enterprise software. Additionally, by abstracting cloud complexity away from the user, UForge helps ensure enterprises no longer need significant in-house skillsets in multiple clouds and tools.

The new ‘quick launch’ deployment feature represents the first stage of UShareSoft’s collaboration with Cloudsoft, a leading hybrid cloud application management company. UForge AppCenter will progressively integrate Cloudsoft AMP functionality with its current capabilities in modelling, build and migration.

Alban Richard, CEO, UShareSoft, says: “The latest release of UForge AppCenter makes it faster and easier than ever to deliver applications for cloud, letting customers increase agility without sacrificing control over their software. Customers will see even greater benefits in the future, as we continue to work with Cloudsoft to provide the best end-to-end application delivery and management platform for Hybrid IT.”

UForge AppCenter 3.8 also offers data synchronization for workload migration, meaning customers can migrate only the application as a first step, then synchronize associated data directly to the new environment. This streamlines the movement of large data sets, reducing downtime during migration and making it faster and easier to move workloads between clouds.

UForge lets customers move applications ‘as is’, simply re-hosting them in a new environment, or enables re-platforming for increased governance, monitoring, performance and other optimizations in the cloud.

In addition, UForge AppCenter 3.8 supports Oracle Cloud, letting customers model, migrate and govern applications for Oracle Cloud. UShareSoft is continually increasing the number of supported cloud IaaS, PaaS, container and hypervisor platforms within UForge to extend its native Hybrid IT support. This enables users to deliver applications to over 25 clouds, containers and hypervisors, ensuring no lock in to any one cloud or vendor.

Notes to editors

UForge AppCenter 3.8 is now globally available.

About UForge AppCenter

UForge AppCenter supports enterprise’s digital transformation, enabling customers to increase agility and avoid vendor lock in, without sacrificing governance and control. With unique application modeling and full automation, it provides:

  • Application deployment: model, build and deploy applications for cloud
  • Application release automation: integrate with other DevOps tools to provide continuous software delivery
  • Application migration: audit live workloads and automatically migrate to cloud

About UShareSoft

A global leader in Hybrid IT application automation, UShareSoft helps enterprises with their digital transformation by simplifying and accelerating application delivery and management for data centers and cloud. Headquartered in France, UShareSoft has been a Fujitsu company since 2015. Visit: www.usharesoft.com. Follow: twitter.com/usharesoft

Gillian Gover

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E-mail:  E-mail: gillian.gover@usharesoft.com

Date: 08 February, 2018
City: Grenoble, France

Source: http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/about/resources/news/press-releases/2018/emeai-20180208-usharesoft-a-fujitsu-company-announces.html


AMP 5 is here

AMP 5 is here

Cloudsoft AMP 5.0 is here, surfacing more high-level information on how applications are running, plus adding new policies and new features for managing huge numbers of applications, complex blueprint sets, and customizing the UI.

Cloudsoft AMP and Apache Brooklyn have long kept a rich model of systems:  in the AMP 5 series, we’re making it easier to get a distilled views of this information and to blueprint with common patterns.

New Application Dashboard

The headline feature in 5.0 is the new Application Dashboard, showing resource usage, policy activity, license info and more summary information on each application:

You might also notice in the “Inventory Manager” application row of the dashboard, it shows highlights of primary/failover activity:  this uses a new ElectPrimary policy added to AMP based on field experience handling a wide range of HA/DR scenarios.  You’ll also find time-of-day policies and improvements to many of the policies and enrichers.

Greater Visibility of Automated Management

For drill-down detail into applications, a new “Management” tab shows highlights and detailed activity specific to a policy, enricher, or feed, making it clearer what management is taking place:

Developer Productivity Enhancements

In addition to surfacing internals such as these, AMP 5.0 introduces new developer productivity capabilities around “bundles”: you can now easily group related blueprints, scripts, config, icons, and other files into ZIP archives (or OSGi bundles, for those familiar with this bundling and resource loading mechanism). These can be versioned together and managed as a unit. From the command line, a br catalog add . will ZIP up a local folder, including all resource files, and install items listed in a catalog.bom file at the root. To access a script or blueprint within this BOM, simply refer to it as classpath:/path/in/folder/file.sh. This makes command-line workflows and devops integrations much smoother, and lets blueprint developers work in a more modular way, but as usual, it’s entirely optional, and if you’re used to adding individual BOMs or using the composer, you’ll find that all still works as before.

AMP Cluster & UI Customizability Now GA

For AMP operators, two new features that were early access in 4.8 have been made GA.  These are AMP Cluster, where multiple AMP workers can collaborate to handle many thousands of applications behind an elastic sharding API, and UI Customizability, where you can define skins for AMP to reflect your organization or even take AMP’s UI widgets and embed those in your own portal applications.

The 5.x Series

Throughout the AMP 5.x series we’ll be improving the application operations capabilities, from dashboards through to policies, and beefing up the library of blueprints for common cloud services such as DNS and cloud DBs, so stay tuned, and if there are any features you’re eager to see, let us know.

Want to Know More?

For more information please see Release Notes and Upgrade Guidance. Also, don’t forget AMP 5.0 is available to download for trial now from Cloudsoft.io.

Coming Soon: AMP 5.0 in the AWS Marketplace.


To everything there is a season

I am stepping down as CEO of Cloudsoft. After nine years at the helm it is the right time for me personally to seek out a new challenge. Cloudsoft is in great shape with new funding in place and a strong partner & customer base.

I am delighted to say that we have promoted Ross Gray who becomes our new CEO and further strengthened his leadership team with the appointment of industry veteran Steve Chambers who joins Cloudsoft as our COO early November.

We are also enhancing our board with the appointment of Andrew Parsliffe as non-executive Chairman. Andrew’s protégé Anél Jansen is also stepping up and joining the management team as our Finance Director and Company Secretary.

I will be leaving the company at the end of the year but will remain involved as founder, shareholder and chair of the company’s advisory board. Joining me on our advisory board will be my long time mentor Rich Millerwho has been involved with Cloudsoft since its inception.

In the meantime I am looking forward to attending Fujitsu Forum 2017 with Ross where our partner UShareSoft will be showcasing the integration of UForge AppCenter and Cloudsoft AMP in their latest feature pack. For background on this integration check out the 451 Webinar: Automating for Agility, Control and Consistency in a Multi-Cloud Environment featuring our CTO & Co-founder Alex Heneveld along with UShareSoft’s CTO & Co-founder James Weir.

Then it is off to New York to introduce Steve to the world of Blockchain at Blockchain for Wall Street plus some of our key financial services clients. Now in its second year this is a great high bandwidth event presented by the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and produced by Lighthouse Partners | The Blockchain Conference.

Finally I will be at AWS re:Invent. Having attended the very first event it will be very interesting to see how it has grown in the intervening years. There is a great blog post from Benjamin Wootton at Contino that highlights why he thinks re:Invent 2017 could be a pivotal event coinciding as it does with a significant ramp up in cloud adoption by the enterprise.

That is precisely why I’ll be there.

In particular, I am looking forward to session MSC201 on the AWS Service Catalog at 4PM on Wednesday November 29th. This could be a pivotal moment for Cloudsoft too but more on that another time. For now I will leave you with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and their live performance of Turn! Turn! Turn! featuring Roger McGuinn.


Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Management Platforms Names Cloudsoft as a Representative Vendor

Gartner Research VP’s Dennis Smith and Milind Govekar just published a Market Guide for Cloud Management Platforms (April 2017) and we are pleased to see Cloudsoft AMP included as a representative vendor.

“CMPs typically address service request management; provisioning, orchestration and automation; governance and policy; monitoring and metering; and multicloud brokering

— Research VP’s Dennis Smith and Milind Govekar

In the report Smith and Govekar explain the value that Multifunctional Tools, Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) that manage cloud, or multi cloud environments.

“Some also provide other functionality, but the five areas mentioned above are typically where most provide capabilities. The key value proposition of a CMP is enabling multicloud management to apply policy, and to orchestrate and automate across public and private cloud services in a uniform way. The Representative Vendors table in this research includes a sampling of vendors that offer CMP functionality.

The benefits of the CMP are threefold: Enforce policies and standards — which provider to use and what can be consumed from that provider. Offer a single view and implementation across multiple cloud providers through abstracting cloud providers’ proprietary APIs. Reduce lock-in of any one IaaS provider.”

Cloudsoft is honoured to be mentioned in the report and here are some reasons why we believe Cloudsoft Application Management Platform(AMP) fits this description:

  • Policy Definition is included in AMP in the way of blueprints.
  • Multi-tiered orchestration is carried out by orchestrated lower level things like container management.
  • Cloudsoft AMP brings you Multi-cloud brokering via jclouds, ensuring that applications are portable, freeing the business to pursue a multi-cloud, multi-vendor strategy, and avoid the risk of vendor lock-in.

To find out more about checkout Cloudsoft.io/amp or contact us at info@cloudsoft.io.

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