5 cool tools for cloud management

By Tom Henderson and Brendan Allen, Network World |  Cloud Computing, cloud backup, iaas

After that we installed SimpleLink RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) kit. Symplified usually helps customers with this portion of the install; we tried doing it ourselves. After we had a setup call, we got help linking our Active Directory to Symplified's cloud platform. There is a local Web interface for uploading the credentials. The SimpleLink server then connects our infrastructure with its Identity Router(s), and behind the scenes SimpleLink uses openVPN to secure the channels.

SinglePoint Portal is the cloud-based admin Web portal where everything is set up and configured. SinglePoint Portal is a Flash-based app and is responsive, although the fact that it uses Flash will give some organizations security concerns. The portal allowed us to add user stores or entries of logon IDs and passwords. We could create application groups and links to the applications themselves. HTTP Federation or SAML type apps can be discovered, but it's also possible to manually configure HTTP-based apps that log users on.

Within the portal's app groups selection, we could create policies to allow certain users/groups access to various apps based on attributes that are retrieved from the various user stores.

There's a "My Dashboard" section that displays an overview of Identity Router sessions, loads, file system, CPU usage, system memory and configuration info such as how many user stores, app groups, applications, policies and Web servers have been created.

Perhaps the only operational criticism that we have of the process is that there is no interstitial message to remind us to publish configurations when they're changed. If we were to forget, and exit without publishing, nothing would be saved.

Overall, SIM is a nice, lightweight but highly effective method of dealing with many internal users needing single sign-on with multiple popular cloud-based SAML/HTTP applications. It's flexible, and has the grace not to be annoying in an otherwise annoying process.

Abiquo 1.7

The Abiquo platform is a unifying management application that's compatible with VMware, Xen, HyperV, Red Hat and KVM-based products.

Abiquo is one of 15 cloud companies to watch

Abiquo is a multi-tenant application, and can remold resources in fascinating ways. We tested Abiquo using what it calls "proof of concept modeling." This method has its limitations for testing, but we were able to get a good feel of how Abiquo works.


Originally published on Network World |  Click here to read the original story.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Answers - Powered by ITworld

ITworld Answers helps you solve problems and share expertise. Ask a question or take a crack at answering the new questions below.

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Ask a Question
randomness