OnApp 2.1 enables hosting providers to offer private cloud, extends cloud resource billing capabilities and KVM hypervisor support
BY PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus – Cloud management software specialist OnApp has just launched its new Version 2.1 software for hosting providers, enabling cloud services without huge up-front costs.
According to the company, OnApp 2.1 has introduced features that make cloud hosting accessible to a wider range of hosts, with options for private clouds, cloud resource billing and resilience, and also KVM hypervisor support.
There is also a free 12-month trial of OnApp 2.1 for deployments of up to 100 CPU cores followed by a low monthly license fee, the company said.
OnApp’s managing director and chief architect Carlos Rego said: “In 2.1 we’ve made it easy for hosts to offer private clouds, as well as public, hybrid and VPS cloud offerings. We’ve expanded our hypervisor support, and introduced utility billing for IOPS. OnApp is the only cloud management tool designed specifically for hosts, and this release extends our leadership in this market.”
“The cloud hosting market is growing rapidly, and the window of opportunity is shrinking for hosters to take advantage of the low CPAs and high margins our customers are seeing today” Rego added. “Hosts have three basic choices when moving to the cloud. They can build their own management system, or try to customize a generic cloud framework: however, the time, cost and complexity of these approaches is usually prohibitive. The alternative is to use OnApp, and have a cloud up and running in as little as a day.”
OnApp 2.1’s feature include availability zones: hosts can now group cloud resources into zones that make it easy to offer private clouds to end users – one of the fastest growing segments of the cloud hosting market. This is also significant for small hosts that don’t always have the resources to build their own cloud. They can buy a private cloud from a larger host and use it to resell cloud hosting to their own customers. Zones also enable hosts to segment their datacenter infrastructure for added cloud resilience.
It also boasts IOPS billing: hosts can now monitor and charge for IOPS, as well as the utility billing for CPU core, CPU priority, disk space and network resources already supported. This improves control over cloud storage resources, and provides new options for cloud hosting service design.
KVM hypervisor support is also now included: OnApp 2.1 now supports hypervisors using KVM virtualization technology, which is increasingly popular in the hosting industry. OnApp already supports Xen hypervisors and will add support for VMware and Hyper-V in future releases. www.onapp.com.