5 cool tools for cloud management

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

An Abiquo engineer guided us through the installation, as the company does for all of its clients. Multiple services need to be installed, including Abiquo Server, Abiquo Remote Services, Abiquo V2V Conversion Services, DHCP and a NFS Server.

We could put all these services on a single ESXi host and install the services under different VMs. Abiquo is pretty easy to use once all the prerequisites are in place.

Our installation specifics used a CentOS installation. All we had to do was select the different options that we wanted to install and fill in some values. The server VMs were easy to set up and configure. The installation forms are understandable and useful.

We could also brand our portal. This allows customers to bundle services together for aggregation poised toward groups. All the branding that was required was replacing a few files and restarting the server.

Inside the GUI are infrastructure views for admins, which shows resources in terms of VMs, vCPUs, storage and other infrastructure characteristics. Admins can add "bare metal" physical hypervisors to a "rack" and configure each one. They can also view networks, storage tiers and allocation rules.

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Abiquo's Virtual Datacenters are among the exciting elements of the components. We could see virtual data centers created with supplied or our own virtual appliances, along with network and volume information. We could add/delete/edit virtual appliances, which lends itself to "off the rack" data center provisioning. We could also set up resource limits for each virtual data center.

In turn, an Apps Library is built that lists all the virtual images that have been downloaded from remote repositories or uploaded from local files.

A tab in the GUI lists the users for each "enterprise," which can be used to separate users into different groups and roles. The events tab lists all the events that happen (similar to Unix logs, Info, Warning, Normal, Major, Critical) -- all color-coded for our viewing pleasure.

Interestingly, Abiquo divides VMs into managed or persistent vs. non-persistent, which, upon shutdown, evaporate and repopulate the resource pools available.

Abiquo's data center infrastructure is egalitarian, yet fairly easy to deploy and to manage, both for internal use and for customers or business units.

HP CloudSystem Matrix

We tested HP's CloudSystem Matrix 6.3, a private-facing IaaS management tool. There's also CloudSystem Enterprise, which controls internal IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and a Service Provider version.


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