The Creators of the Resource Cloud Concept

Abiquo


Abiquo, a leading developer of Cloud infrastructure management software, today announced that it is a Platinum Plus sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Computing Expo, April 19-21 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. CEO Pete Malcolm also will deliver the conference keynote: “An Open Cloud Ecosystem: the Gathering Storm”.

The Cloud Computing Expo is regarded as the world’s top Cloud computing conference and will feature more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. The event attendees will see the first public demonstration of Abiquo’s revolutionary version 1.5 at Booth 107 on the show floor. This new version of the Abiquo solution, announced on March 23 (see release New Abiquo Cloud Management Product First to Offer Integral VMware-to-Microsoft Hyper-V Conversion), is the first product to allow IT managers to automatically convert virtual machine images built for any one hypervisor technology to any other hypervisor, including the conversion from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V, through a single drag-and-drop operation.

“In re-launching as a U.S.-based commercial company, we recognize the high-value opportunity to have a platinum-level presence at the biggest and best Cloud computing event in the industry,” said Pete Malcolm. “The Cloud Computing Expo organizers have supported us very well, not least by helping us maintain our ‘stealth’ anonymity until today’s announcement. I can’t think of a better place to articulate our vision, including how we believe there is a need to move beyond the hype and to set out a clear roadmap of how Cloud computing evolves – practically as well as theoretically. This isn’t just about technology. It’s more about how the way IT organizations operate and service their users, and how this is going to fundamentally change over the next few years.”

“Abiquo's Cloud management vision for virtualization is focused directly on a growing section of market,” said Rachel Chalmers, Research Director of Infrastructure Management for the 451 Group. “In particular, cloud-hosted virtual image libraries and templates allow building and repairing virtual environments to become a more streamlined process.”

In the Abiquo vision, the provision of physical infrastructure is completely separated from the virtual application infrastructure by a “Resource Cloud”. Physical infrastructure, managed by the IT operations organization, provide resources (local, remote, provided by IaaS vendors, or by Hosting vendors) to the Resource Cloud while virtual enterprises (containing virtual datacenters, virtual machines and virtual appliances) consume it. Management of virtual entities is delegated to authorized administrators, who operate autonomously, but within enforced resource limits. Workload policy automatically distributes virtual machines and storage across the physical infrastructure, according to security, compliance and load balancing requirements.

Available in an open source Community Edition and as an Enterprise Edition with advanced features and industrial grade support, the Abiquo solution capitalizes on the vision with an intuitive, role-based graphical user interface, and practical functionality such as the ability to instantly deploy pre-bundled virtual server and storage collections, or to deploy transparently on live running environments. As the only product to support VM-to-VM conversion and support all five of the major hypervisor types, Abiquo 1.5 brings the company closer to its unique vision of delivering to IT organizations a platform for managing fully interoperable, vendor-neutral public and private Clouds.

"Technology needs winning words and phrases just as it needs winning ideas," said Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of the Cloud Computing Expo. "Pete Malcolm's vision of the 'Resource Cloud' – which he first shared with me a few weeks ago – is both. The first time I flagged it up for readers of Cloud Computing Journal as a new colloquy to watch, I could see it resonated with them, too. This strategic thinking is what really sets Abiquo apart, and will make them an important player in the Cloud computing market. We are delighted to have Abiquo on board as a Platinum Plus sponsor of Cloud Expo.”

About Abiquo

Abiquo is a leading developer of Cloud management solutions founded in 2006. Abiquo envisions a future where private and public clouds are fully interoperable and vendor neutral. The company embraces an open-source model where both community users and commercial organizations can fully benefit from the cloud revolution. To download the Abiquo Cloud management solution, visit download.abiquo.com. For more information, visit www.abiquo.com.

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