I’m pleased to announce the release of OnApp v5.2, the very latest version of the world’s best cloud management platform!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’ve moved to a faster release cadence for OnApp software in order to keep our customers at the cutting edge of the cloud.
This is our third release in the last four months. So what’s new in OnApp v5.2? In this release we have focused on the following key objectives:
- Improving the ability for your client to migrate workloads into OnApp
- Workload fluidity across our ever growing Federation, the largest public cloud in the industry
- Automation services for our customers using VMware vCloud Director
Lets cover each of these in a bit more detail.
OnApp v5.2 makes it easy to migrate workloads from other platforms into OnApp using OVA files. OVA files can be exported by most virtualization platforms. For example, if your client has a workload that has been running on premise, using something like VirtualBox, they can simple export it to an OVA, and then upload it to your OnApp environment in the same way they would add an ISO. As a service provide you can also grab OVAs from many software vendors, as prepackaged appliances, then import these into your OnApp instance to be used by your customers as templates. If you’re interested in learning more we’re running a webinar on 8th December (you can register here – if you miss it, you’ll find the replay at the same link shortly after).
Cloud Motion [Beta]
Cloud Motion is an awesome new feature that enables your customers to move virtual servers between different locations in the OnApp Federation, with a couple of clicks in the OnApp UI. This could be used for a customer running OnApp in their enterprise to migrate them directly into any of our thousands of cloud providers – or between the cloud providers they use today. If you’re a service provider with multiple datacenters, you could also use Cloud Motion to move workloads between those datacenters, as needed.
Many customers have asked us for a better way to receive alerts when something occurs in the OnApp platform. In this release we’re providing the first functionality for our new Notification Center. Notification Center can alert different teams to the most requested system events, and it allows you to customize where alerts are sent. For example, a transaction failure alert can be sent straight to your support desk, so you can resolve it before a customer calls you; or, an alert about system resource levels can be sent to your management team, so they can decide whether more hardware resources need to be purchased. We’ll be building in many additional capabilities in future releases, so your feedback is always appreciated.
Limited CentOS 7 Support
This release introduces support for running CentOS 7 as the underlying operating system for the OnApp Control Panel Server, Backup Servers and Static KVM hypervisors. We’ll add CentOS 7 support for cloudboot and Xen hypervisors very soon. OnApp customers should also note that we’ll no longer support CentOS 5 as the underlying OS for all OnApp components as of March 31, 2017, coinciding with the official EoL of CentOS 5.
Automated vCloud Director Application Deployment
How many clients ask for a particular software to be installed automatically, but to complete this someone from your NOC needs to log into the server to run a script? That’s a thing of the past with OnApp v5.2, because you can now use our built-in scripting system (Recipes) to provide customers with everything they need to auto-deploy applications when they provision their virtual servers. Recipes will run on machines that are on a public or private network.
Not only did we automate application deployment in v5.2, but we also updated the deployment wizard so that customers can set up while running guest customization – on first deployment – but then, that customization is disabled automatically after deployment has finished. Plus, you can now boot the virtual machine after deployment. Check out our sleek new deployment wizard for vCD clouds!
What else is new?
Also in this release:
- Support for Windows 10 & Server 2016 virtual servers in OnApp Cloud hypervisors
- The ability to Edit NAT rules in vCloud Director Edge Gateways
- Cloud scores for Federation locations are now compared only against locations in the same tier
- New elements for the administration dashboard, and the ability to choose which elements show on the dashboard
- The ability to choose columns on many of the large tables through out the platform
For demos, upgrades and more info…
If you’re new to OnApp, take a demo today and see why OnApp is the leading cloud management platform for service providers and enterprises. For OnApp customers, there is the usual range of upgrade options to take your cloud to v5.2.
Visit http://onapp.com/v52 to get started.
I’d like to thank all of the customers that helped with this release by providing feedback and detail on the use cases they wanted us to support. Our development is always driven by what customers actually need, and the information you provide is invaluable for us to keep developing the best possible platform. To provide feedback and feature requests just visit our feature request forum!