Abiquo and UShareSoft Simplify Application Delivery and Management for the Cloud

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Partnership Enables Users to Build Custom Application Stacks with UShareSoft's UForge Appliance Factory; Publish Directly to Abiquo Infrastructures for Deployment and Ongoing Management

"We know our customers are interested in delivering broader, richer application libraries to their users and the integration with UForge enables that expansion." Wendy Perilli, vice president of global marketing, Abiquo.

Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud Management software vendor, and UShareSoft, provider of a self-service factory for building cloud-ready software images, today announced a technology partnership that will enable customers to simplify application migration and management for enterprise datacenters and private clouds. The two companies are demonstrating the integration of UShareSoft's image building service with Abiquo's enterprise cloud management software platform at Cloud Expo in New York this week in booths #109 and A2.

The integration between UForge and Abiquo's cloud management platform enables joint customers to fully automate software delivery to their infrastructure and provide users with self-service provisioning of applications. Benefits include:

  • Increased datacenter agility: enterprise IT departments can quickly migrate and maintain applications for their Abiquo infrastructure, offering users “on-demand” IT services. UForge also enables full software governance and compliance with licensing requirements and corporate guidelines.
  • Streamlined software development and quality assurance (QA): enterprise and ISV customers can integrate UForge with their existing build processes, automatically assembling and publishing the latest builds to their Abiquo infrastructure. Support for shared virtual image libraries helps ensure a standardized development and test platform.
  • Creation of an app store or service catalog: enterprise cloud providers can expand Abiquo-based Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, with their own app store or service catalog for end users, and a full image building service for ISVs and software designers.

"We know our customers are interested in delivering broader, richer application libraries to their users and the integration with UForge enables that expansion," said Wendy Perilli, vice president of global marketing, Abiquo. "The combined solution allows applications to go from assembling to publishing to use in a quick and simple way."

UShareSoft's UForge Appliance Factory automates the creation and maintenance of virtual images and templates on any operating system for any cloud. UForge customers can now generate images in the industry-standard OVF format supported by Abiquo. UForge also includes direct connectors to the Abiquo platform, and supports Abiquo account credentials. This enables direct upload of |ready-to-run" images from UForge into a customer's Abiquo virtual image library, for immediate deployment or sharing with other users.

"Today's announcement makes it much simpler for enterprise customers to populate their Abiquo cloud with applications and IT services ready for consumption by end users," said James Weir, CTO, UShareSoft. "Visitors to Cloud Expo should visit the UShareSoft and Abiquo booths to find out how easily they can build and deploy virtual images."

UForge Appliance Factory
UForge Appliance Factory enables users to assemble operating system, middleware and application into a single software image, then deliver it to their chosen cloud in a few clicks. UForge uses software modeling to make it easy for customers to update, clone and maintain their image template. UForge supports major open source operating systems, including Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. It is available as an online SaaS platform or an on-premise Enterprise Edition.

Abiquo Enterprise Cloud Management
With Abiquo’s enterprise cloud management software, organizations can manage a globally deployed computing infrastructure, comprising unlimited physical and cloud resources including private, public and hybrid clouds through a "single pane of glass." Abiquo’s solution leads the market with unique features like support for all six major hypervisors, the ability to convert virtual machines from one hypervisor to another in a single drag-and-drop operation, and comprehensive business policy, to ensure corporate goals such as utilization and energy saving, as well as security, compliance and governance are consistently met.

About UShareSoft

UShareSoft simplifies application migration and software governance for the cloud. UShareSoft's UForge Appliance Factory enables "build-to-order" software delivery by automating the creation and maintenance of image templates on any OS for any cloud, virtual or physical format. UForge Elastic Appliances are self-deployable images that automatically configure mult-tier software solutions in minutes. UShareSoft tools are helping ISVs and enterprises in their transition phase to the cloud. Visit http://www.usharesoft.com.

About Abiquo

Abiquo is the Enterprise Cloud Management software company. With Abiquo, organizations can use Business Policy to manage an entire, globally deployed, computing infrastructure comprising unlimited physical and Cloud resources including private, public and hybrid Clouds through a "single pane of glass". As a result, Abiquo customers are able to significantly decrease the cost and complexity of managing their virtual IT environments, while maintaining control of the physical infrastructure and increasing agility to change hypervisors as needed. For more information, visit http://www.abiquo.com.

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