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Azure Container Instances, a serverless way to run Linux and Windows containers, is now generally available

Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Container Instances (ACI) to bring the benefits of serverless computing to software containers.

The ACI was released for preview in July last year. It enables developers to run Linux and Windows containers without having to manage any virtual machines, and provides automatic and elastic scalability.

The software containers already help developers and make their life easier, but they need to manage the virtual machines. The aim of Azure Container Instances is to remove the need of managing those VMs, and make the things easier and simpler for developers.

The multi-tenant workloads that run inside the containers on same VM can sometimes be challenging to secure. On that end, Microsoft has included a deep security model in ACI that protects the individual container at a hyper-visor level. What this security model in ACI does is isolating the containers without the need to create hosting cluster.

ACI will also support Kubernetes through the Virtual Kubelet, which was announced at KubeCon in December last year. The Virtual Kubelet integrates the existing features of Kubernetes connector and enables users to target ACI and works with other serverless computing platforms. Several companies including VMware, AWS, and Hyper.sh, are contributing to Virtual Kubelet.

The billing of Azure Container Instances will be done according to processing time and memory usage per second. Microsoft has currently set the price at $0.000012 per CPU-second and $0.000004 per gigabyte-second.

Also read: Azure Time Series Insights— managed analytics service for IoT devices, now available in public preview

“ACI supports quick, cleanly packaged burst compute that removes the overhead of managing cluster machines. Some of our largest customers are also using ACI for data processing where source data is ingested, processed, and placed in a durable store such as Azure Blob Storage,” wrote Corey Sanders, Corporate Vice President, Azure, in a blog post. “ACI enables each stage of work to be efficiently packaged as a container assigned with custom resource definitions for agile development, testing, and deployment. By processing the data with ACI rather than statically provisioned virtual machines, you can achieve significant cost savings due to ACI’s granular per-second billing.”

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VMware updates vSphere and vSAN for better hybrid cloud management

VMware rolled out new versions of its flagship products— VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7, making it easier for enterprises to manage data across their IT environments.

VMware vSphere is a server virtualization platform, while vSAN is a software-defined storage product. The updates are focused on hybrid cloud deployments, enhanced user experience, security, and broader support for applications.

“The continued innovation in our award-winning compute and HCI portfolio makes the hybrid cloud a reality for our customers,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware. “The rapid adoption of vSAN, coupled with longstanding vSphere leadership is a testament to the importance of a digital foundation that extends from on-premises to the public cloud.”

  • New features of vSphere

Enterprises use vSphere to optimize the performance of hardware. It allows software applications to be deployed through multiple virtual machines on a single server.

The new application deployment technologies like software containers are threatening the virtualization, by allowing applications to run on several kinds of hardware, operating systems, as well as serverless computing.

VMware aims to maintain its leading position with the significant upgrades to vSphere. The vSphere 6.7 now supports persistent-memory, which can reduce the memory usage by three times, and run the distributed resource scheduler faster.

vSphere 6.7 will also feature simple and efficient management at scale, built-in security, and better support for more workloads. To further secure applications in datacenter or cloud, the customers can deploy VMware AppDefense service.

Hybrid-linked mode, another new feature in vSphere 6.7, allows users to run same configuration within on-premises and through the VMware cloud on AWS service. It will ensure unified visibility and management.

A new rebooting technology integrated in the new vSphere allows the customers to reboot systems and apply patches quickly. It will minimize the downtime.

  • New features of vSAN

VMware has added HTML5 client support and a new browser-based user interface to the new vSAN version. It will provide better functionality and options to optimize workflows.

vSAN 6.7 will have integrated vRealize Operations Healthchecks in vCenter Server to monitor and control multiple hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) environments.

The updated vSAN will have a new Host-Pinning and iSCSI failover support, to extend the suitability of HCI to Windows Server environments, and applications like Hadoop and MongoDB.

Furthermore, vSAN 6.7 can mitigate the effects of disruptive events using intelligent self-healing capabilities.

Also read: VMware acquires E8 Security, to provide secure digital workspace with behavior analytics

VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 will be available in May 2018.

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Microsoft’s Accelerated Networking for virtual machines now generally available

Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Accelerated Networking (AN) for Azure virtual machines (VMs). The AN can be used for both Windows and latest distributions of Linux.

How does Accelerated Networking work?

In AN, the software defined networking (SDN) of Azure is moved from CPUs, into the SmartNICs (smart networking interface) based on FPGA (field programmable gate-array). It enables a single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, which lessens the compute cycles by end user applications. Hence, the load on VMs is reduced, along with the decrease in inconsistency in latency.

Benefits of Accelerated Networking

The Accelerated Networking will speed up the networking throughput of Azure VMs up to 30 Gbps.

  • Low latency
  • Reduced jitter
  • Reduced CPU usage

Supported versions

AN supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Windows Server 2016, and these VMs- D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms.

AN was available in public preview only till 4th January. In the generally available Accelerated Networking model, Microsoft has enhanced the deployment experience, and integrated it with the security patches to protect Windows and Linux users from Meltdown and Spectre.

“We’ve worked to optimize the CPU and disk I/O path and are not seeing noticeable performance impact after the fix has been applied. A small set of customers may experience some networking performance impact. This can be addressed by using Azure Accelerated Networking, for Windows or Linux, which is a free capability available to all Azure customers.”

Also read: Microsoft embraces Kubernetes to auto-scale deep learning training

The Accelerated Networking is now generally available in all public Azure regions.

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Microsoft announces public preview of application protection tool- Adaptive Application Controls 

Adaptive application controls, the application whitelisting tool which Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference, is now available for public preview in Azure Security Center.

The adaptive application controls (AAC) protect applications from malicious and vulnerable exploits, using the whitelisting rules. It simply whitelists the applications that are good, and blocks the rest.

Microsoft said that AAC analyzes Azure virtual machines (VMs) using machine learning capabilities, create baseline of applications, group VMs, and further apply suitable whitelisting rules automatically.

These whitelisting rules can be viewed, modified, as well as the alerts can be received in case any application violate the rules; all in Azure Security Center.  

The groups of VMs can be managed and monitored using the application control policies. Users can specify the policies on the basis of different groups of VMs. It decreases the management difficulties, and increases the application protection.  

Whitelisting can provide critical protection for purpose-built servers running on a static set of applications.

Also read: Microsoft teams up with Heptio and Tigera to better Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers

Adaptive application controls are available for all versions of Windows VMs running in Azure, and can be purchased within standard pricing tier of Azure Security Center. Microsoft is offering a free trial for first 60 days.

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Google announces price cuts for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and preemptible local SSDs

Google recently announced price cut of up to 36 percent for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs that are offered via its on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines. With this, in US regions, the cost for using K80 GPU’s is $0.45 per hour while for P100 machines, it will be $1.46 per hour.

Google Compute Engine offers powerful GPUs that can be added to users’ VM instances. These GPUs can be used to accelerate specific workloads on VM instances like machine learning and data processing.

Scientists, engineers and artists require access to large parallel computational power. Hence, Google offers VMs with GPUs that have the capacity to boost performance, and by connecting them to NVIDIA Tesla K80 and P100s GPUs, Google has managed to bring maximum flexibility to the developers. A number of applications like molecular modelling and physical stimulations will benefit from the hundreds of cores available on the GPUs.

Google, also as a bonus, announced lowering the prices of preemptible local SSDs by nearly 40 percent as compared to on-demand Local SSDs.

Google said in its blog, “We hope that the price reduction on NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and preemptible Local SSDs unlocks new opportunities and helps you solve more interesting business, engineering and scientific problems.”

Google has targeted the price cuts at developers, who can now run their own machine learning workloads in the cloud without worrying about the cost constraints.

The announcement has come a few days before AWS’s annual conference that will kick off on 27th November in Las Vegas, where AWS is expected to make a number of revelations related to AI and Machine Learning.

It will be interesting to see whether AWS also announces some more price cuts or not. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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Microsoft announces preview of burstable VM series

Microsoft has announced the public preview of its new Azure VM family – the B-series, which will offer cost efficiency and burstability to workloads that are running in Azure.

These VMs are best suited for workloads that do not need a continuous CPU performance like web servers, small databases and development/test environments.

The B-series VMs are designed to optimize performance during less workload, and burst capacity during increased workloads.

The concept is quite similar to what AWS and Google have been offering through T2 instances and f1-micro and g1 small instances, respectively.

During less workloads, the B-series VMs will run in low points without utilizing the full capacity of the CPU. However, the user will pay for the full CPU only. Once the VM accumulates enough credits, it can burst above its baseline up to 100% when any application requires high performance.

Thus, these VM sizes will give cost flexibility to the end-users, who can adjust CPU usage during less and heavy workloads.

The company has introduced 6 VM sizes of B-series during preview:

Source: Microsoft

The VM size ranges from single core VM with 1 GiB memory for $0.012 per hour (in case of Linux) to eight core VMs with 32 GiB memory for $0.376 per hour (Linux). Prices for Windows are on a bit higher side.

Microsoft has previewed the VM in US – West 2, US – East, Europe – West and Asia Pacific – Southeast. The company plans to extend regions later this year.

Developers, who want to participate in the preview need to put status quota request in the supported regions.

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Microsoft announces preview of Azure AD Domain Services support for Azure Resource Manager Virtual Networks

Microsoft recently announced the public preview of Azure Active Directory(AD) Domain Services support for virtual networks deployed through Azure Resource Manager.

This will give customers the ability to create new managed AD domains in the virtual networks that are provisioned by Azure Resource Manager, making Azure AD Domain Services deployment much easier.

Azure AD Domain Services provide managed AD domains services like group policy, domain join, LDAP, and Kerberos authentication.

Azure Resource Manager is Microsoft’s tool that facilitates deployment of complex application workloads having dependencies on cloud-resources like virtual machines, virtual networks and storage. The resources needed by these applications are logically assigned into the resource groups with the help of templates.

This new public preview lets you create a managed AD domain in a resource manager virtual network from the Azure portal,” per the announcement.

For those getting started with the preview, they need to create a new managed AD domain with the help of Azure Portal, if Azure AD Domain Services is not enabled for their Azure directory. They need to select ‘Resource Manager’ as the virtual network type.

If Azure AD domain services is already enabled in classic virtual network in the production instance, then they will not be able to utilize this preview. However, the company is working on a migration feature that will help migrate Azure AD from the classic virtual network to a Resource Manager virtual network. In this case, they do not need to delete the managed AD domain. The feature will be available for public preview by December 2017.

For those who are running a test instance in Azure AD domain service can simply disable the current service and create a new instance using Resource Manager virtual network as the base.

The company plans to go all in on resource manager virtual networks and migration process for the existing AD domains, in coming weeks before this feature is available for GA.

 

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IBM announces Spectrum Protect Plus for virtual environment data protection

IBM recently announced Spectrum Protect Plus, an update to its Spectrum Protect, a data protection software for backup and recovery for virtual environments. For faster backup and operational recovery, it provides policy driven data protection and a portal which makes it easy to use. It allows faster deployment using OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) and its agentless architecture enables protection in an hour. It provides smooth automation via RESTful API for flexibility of accessing backup data.

The solution, meant for VM administrators, features a global catalog of Virtual Machines and files that enables quick search and restoration across various machines and recovery points.

It offers backup and recovery services for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere hypervisors. It can be combined with the agent-based IBM Spectrum Protect Tivoli Storage Manager or can be utilized as an independent software for application availability or data protection in small environments.

It simplifies the protection of data whether data is hosted in virtual, software-defined, physical or cloud environments. The backups can be stored in disk, tape and the cloud in the form of read and write snapshots. The instant restores are available for testing, DevOps, reporting, analytics and other operations in a repository for multipurpose data access.

The Protect Plus still uses VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) but it also uses the blockchain technology. Integrated with IBM Spectrum Protect for long -term storage, it provides the ability to archive across flexible data including tape, disk and cloud to fulfil data governance requirements.

Also read: IBM increases Datacenters to enable organizations build futuristic applications leveraging IoT & AI

The IBM Spectrum Protect Plus takes only 15 minutes to install and about an hour to configure. The Google-like search that it provides can not only be done by timeline, but also by text search across all VMs, whether it’s VMware or Hyper-V. As per IBM, Spectrum Protect Plus delivers scalable high performance and reduces backup infrastructure costs by up to 53%. It will be generally available in the second half of 2017.

 

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“Jelastic Has Everything That Hosting Companies Need to Offer PaaS”- Dmitry Sotnikov, Jelastic

Java, the most widely used enterprise and e-Commerce language used in corporate computing, was specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It has, throughout its nearly two decades of worldwide usage, remained close to the “write once, run anywhere” (WORA) ideal that Sun Microsystems so ambitiously put across when it was first released in 1995. However, its efficiency has been tested of late with the advent of cloud computing.

Not designed for applications to run in the cloud, Java does not support multitenant virtualized and cloud computing configurations natively. Java applications don’t scale well in the cloud, which creates a roadblock for enterprises and SMBs who need to rapidly adjust their IT resources to meet the fluctuating business demands. And since a big majority of top firms worldwide use Java, this means that most of them constantly struggle with the complex compatibility issues between Java and the Cloud, both of which have excellent features in their own rights that make them indispensable. This creates a demand for Java applications solutions that make hosting Java applications on cloud computing infrastructure easy.

Almost all existing solutions for hosting Java applications on cloud require learning new languages and adopting proprietary frameworks – which obliterate the whole point of using Java. An ideal Java cloud platform must offer multitenancy and scalability without having developers to purpose-build applications to work in the cloud.

Jelastic, a Java and PHP cloud hosting platform, is unique in that it does not require developers to re-code their Java apps and enables vertical and horizontal scaling of the apps, among other features. We talked to Dmitry Sotnikov, Chief operating officer, Jelastic, about the issues plaguing the Java cloud hosting and the role Jelastic plays in mitigating them.

Read away as he talks about Jelastic PaaS 1.9.1, the latest version of company’s Java and PHP Cloud Platform, and what makes it ideal for hosted service providers.

We believe that Jelastic should be adding value and making hosting easier to developers without making them change their existing tools and processes. If they already have their favorite developer environments (IDEs) that they use, they can keep using them. Same thing applies to the source control and build tools. Jelastic does not make developers change their ways. It just solves the hosting piece for them regardless of their existing processes.

– Dmitry Sotnikov, Chief Operating Officer, Jelastic.

Dmitry Sotnikov, Chief Operating Officer, Jelastic.
Dmitry Sotnikov, Chief Operating Officer, Jelastic.

Q: What are some of the limitations that developers and service providers face when deploying Java Apps on most of the cloud hosting platforms, and how does Jelastic provide a way around them?

A: Traditionally Java developers had to either go with regular hosting or IaaS (infrastructure as a service) – and in that case do all of the server setup and administration themselves; or pick platforms like Google App Engine, Heroku and others and have to re-code their applications to comply with the multiple limitations they impose.

You see, these “blackbox” platforms do not give you isolated standard application and database servers so you lose control and flexibility of what you can do. You cannot get a public IP address, use custom network ports, upload the libraries that you might need (for example graphical controls), tweak server configuration files, write data to local file system, and so on. In some of the platforms they do not even let you use multithreading or can kill your application when it does not start “fast enough” or can kill web requests if they take “too long” or exceed certain frequency.

Bottom line is that outside really simple applications, these platforms do not let you host your code without re-writing it for the proprietary platform.

Q: How exactly does Jelastic enable cloud scaling of Java Apps without any code changes?

A: Each environment component you choose when configuring your Jelastic environment: database servers, application servers, load-balancers, memcache – are separate virtual machines (containers) that you are not sharing with anyone. When you set vertical limits for each of these components (for example 4 GB of RAM) – this is the value that we set as the container size. Your application server (or database, or load balancer, and so one) “thinks” that this is the amount of resources that it has and allocates them automatically. We also adjust the application stack settings (Java, PHP and so on), so the scaling goes all the way to your application. At the same time, the billing is only charging users for the actual consumption and not for the limits – if the application is only using 128 MB RAM – that is what you pay for even if your limits are at 4 GB.

And obviously there is a backend orchestration making sure that no hardware resources ever get overloaded and your applications are getting the resources they need, regardless of how other customers scale up or down.

Q: Jelastic claims to be the only Platform-as-a-Services specifically designed for hosting services providers. What additional value can they expect to derive from Jelastic when compared to other platforms?

A: Platform-as-a-Service is more than just a customer dashboard. Jelastic has everything that hosting companies need to offer it as a turn-key commercial solution:

  • Backend administrative and helpdesk consoles with advanced troubleshooting functionality,
  • Billing system integration,
  • Monitoring and alerting integration,
  • Advanced reporting that helps you tweak Jelastic business: upgrade rate, churn rate, average revenue per user (ARPU), cohort analysis, tracking of growing users and users at churn risk, historical trending, and much more,
  • Integration with lead nurturing and email campaign systems,
  • Support for multiple pricing and billing schemes: post-payment and pre-payment, bundling, free quotas, freemium, trial,
  • Support for promotion campaigns and referrals.

And obviously all the services and support that hosting companies get from us:

  • Turn-key deployment,
  • Training and certification,
  • Co-marketing,
  • Leads from Jelastic.com,
  • 24*7 phone support.

Q: Let’s discuss Jelastic PaaS 1.9.1. What are some of the significant upgrades and improvements over the previous version?

A: 1.9.1 was a big release for us including features both for hosting companies and end-customers.

Hosting companies got improved Jelastic database maintenance features, billing history analysis, flexibility in setting pricing and discount plans, enhanced management of unused trial account hibernation to optimize free trial load, and a lot of smaller improvements.

For end-customers, the list was even longer:

  • Cron jobs and job scheduling,
  • Scheduled database backups,
  • Email notifications on getting close to the scaling limits (so customers can increase the limits before their application slows down or they get out-of-memory or out-of-disk errors),
  • Postgis module in Postgres database for spatial applications,
  • Updated stack components (including for example, PostgreSQL 9.2.4 which has tons of improvements by itself: synchronous replication, new indexing and security options, JSON support and much, much more).

Q: What are some of the application servers and databases that Jelastic platform provides developers with?

A: It’s a long and ever expanding list. Java application servers include Tomcat, Glassfish, Jetty, and TomEE. PHP servers include Apache and NGINX. Then there are both SQL and NoSQL databases: MySQL, MariaDB, Postgres, MongoDB, CouchDB. Now multiply that by a few different version numbers and versions of Java and PHP – and you get the widest selection of preconfigured automated stacks you can ever find.

Q: You introduced a new Pricing Model Combining Autoscaling & Volume Discounts earlier this year. How does it work?

A: As I mentioned before, with Jelastic you only pay for what you use. Now Jelastic also automatically provides volume discounts, so the larger configurations your applications need – the bigger discount you get. This makes Jelastic cost-effective not just for development and testing, but also for large-scale production deployments.

And for static loads you can get even bigger discounts by reserving capacity.

You can learn more about our billing discount system in this overview video:

Q: Jelastic provides plug-ins for some popular Java App development IDEs like Netbeans, Eclipse etc. What additional benefits do these plug-ins provide to the app developers on top of the platform itself?

A: We believe that Jelastic should be adding value and making hosting easier for developers without making them change their existing tools and processes. If they already have their favorite developer environments (IDEs) that they use – they can keep using them – we now have plug-ins for NetBeans, Eclipse, JetBrains IDEA – and the IDEs get the option of pushing the applications directly to Jelastic.

Same thing applies to the source control and build tools.

If they have a GIT or SVN source code repository – we can get code from that directly and build the application in the cloud.

If they have existing build or continuous integration system like Ant, Maven, Hudson, Jenkins or TeamCity – these have plugins for Jelastic too.

Jelastic does not make developers change their ways. It just solves the hosting piece for them regardless of their existing processes.

Q: How do data backup and security work with Jelastic?

A: Both include multiple layers.

Backups include both backups made by the hosting providers (Jelastic obviously provides integration with the backup systems that they use), and backups made by the end-customers: full-environment snapshots or scheduled database backups (starting with this release).

The security feature list is even longer, including firewalls, traffic encryption for all administrative access, virtualization isolation for all customers and support for data encryption in customer applications.

Q: You said a while back that Jelastic’s approach to the PaaS market is similar to Android’s approach to the mobile phone OS market. Can you elaborate more on this?

A: Android enabled dozens of phone producers around the Globe to become smartphone vendors and effectively compete against Apple. Jelastic helps the leading hosting companies to become PaaS providers and effectively compete against the Amazons and Herokus of the world.

Providers get the cutting edge platform and developers enjoy a wide selection of service providers in different countries, with variety of service levels and so on. Everybody wins!

Q: Please throw some light on Jelastic application packaging.

A: Jelastic has built-in macro language that allows application providers and hosters to script the whole application provisioning process from the user providing an email address to start the trial to get any application up and running. Unlike small-scale solutions like cPanel, this system takes advantage of all the functionalities of the Jelastic platform: including ability to span multiple servers and automated scaling.

You can see a few sample packages on our page.

Q: Wrapping up, Jelastic currently has 11 hosting partners around the globe, but Europe still remains your forte. Any plans to expand your reach to other markets like south-east Asia etc. soon?

A: Actually, as we are talking right now, 12 hosting partners around the Globe are already live with Jelastic, and the list indeed keeps growing every month. Asia is indeed one of the less covered territories at the moment with Japan being the only country with a local Jelastic provider, however, this is one of the most strategic regions for us and we are working on improving our network there.

If you are a hosting company, willing to go after development / PaaS market, please send us an email at business@jelastic.com and we will be happy to discuss the details.

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OnApp Cloud v3.1 Enables Service Providers to Include Dedicated Smart Servers Into the Cloud

Cloud services provider OnApp yesterday announced OnApp Cloud v3.1, a new version of its flagship product OnApp Cloud that allows services providers to offer truly hybrid cloud services, utilizing smart and bare metal servers that can be managed with a single platform – OnApp control panel.

With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. – Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

OnApp Cloud v3.0 was rolled out earlier this year with an integrated SAN, global CDN and new support for VMware clouds.

This new version adds cloud benefits to service providers’ legacy hosting offerings and enables them to manage a full datacenter through a single pane of glass, along with new automation capabilities that more easily allow for third-party platform/application integration.

Now, entire virtual environments can be automatically built, and different applications and tools can be installed or activated, making running a cloud infrastructure even more light-touch. Other new features include General Availability Zones (GAZs) for OnApp CDN edge servers, bare metal server support and recipes for adding functionality or customization.

Some salient features of OnApp Cloud v3.1 are:

  • Recipes: Introduced in the new version, a recipe is a set of instructions that can be applied automatically to virtual machines, hypervisors, bare metal servers, smart servers and the OnApp control panel at different stages of deployment. Cloud providers can use recipes to tweak a configuration, install apps and patches or create a complete PaaS or SaaS environment. They can automate the process of adding new functionality or server configurations to standard OnApp environments.
  • Blueprints: Also introduced in the new version are blueprints – a new feature for VMware clouds running in OnApp. A way to deploy a complete distributed application like a web server, application server or database server with a single click, blueprints make application provisioning fast and error-free, and enable OnApp cloud providers to deploy and redeploy multi-server templates for the first time.
  • Smart servers: Customers who need dedicated hardware can now spin up a smart server on demand through the OnApp Cloud control panel. With smart servers, customers get the automatic scaling, self-provisioning and automatic failover features of OnApp Cloud. Smart servers have a thin virtualization layer and deploy across the network from a central repository using OnApp Cloud’s Cloud Boot capability.
  • Bare metal servers: can now be deployed and managed through OnApp Cloud control panel. Bare metal servers have no virtualization layer and customer apps and databases run straight on the hardware to get maximum performance.


OnApp Cloud v3.1 also includes provisioning and UI enhancements. Service providers now have more options for billing based on zones, which they can use to group different types of infrastructure for public, private, smart server or bare metal services.

OnApp CDN now has the ability to manage multiple CDN edge server locations from a single control panel server.

A free upgrade for existing OnApp Cloud customers, OnApp Cloud v3.1 will be available in the summer. Pricing for cloud servers will remain the same as the current version of OnApp Cloud, with a monthly fee per core and per cloud. Bare metal servers and smart servers will be priced per server per month.

A few weeks back, OnApp announced it’s partnership with Dell for creating three pre-tested cloud packages.

“Service providers have to change from thinking about the cloud as another silo of infrastructure, to thinking about the value of their infrastructure as a whole,” said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

“With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. It’s how everyone gets the most out of legacy and cloud hosting,” he added.

To read our recent interview with Mr. Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp, please click here.

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