Below are a series of questions that Flexiant is typically asked and the responses that we typically give. More detailed FAQs, especially those of a technical nature, are available for review in our documentation library.
Cloud orchestration is the ability to manage, co-ordinate and provision all parts of a customer solution automatically, with no admin intervention, ideally from a self service interface. Much like a conductor conducts an orchestra making sure all the instruments/performers are in tune and in time.
Current non-orchestrated solutions do not meet the demands, the agility and the flexibility required by customers today. Customers are no longer prepared to wait hours, let alone days or weeks for IT solutions to be provisioned. Needing to require administration intervention to provision individual services, introduces the potential of human errors and delays. This is no longer acceptable to customers and severely limits their ability to successfully compete.
You need cloud orchestration since without it you will be unable to meet the demands of your customers and will rapidly become irrelevant in a rapidly growing and competitive market.
Traditional hosting is evolving. As companies move more and more towards transferring internal IT workloads out to the cloud, the hosting industry is growing through its best growth period yet, but traditional IT architecture and deployment methodology typically employed by service providers are not flexible or agile enough to deal with customers growing requirements.
Within the next 12 months more and more companies will look towards a cloud model first, with traditional infrastructure only as a last resort. They will not stand for provisioning times in days, or contracts and services that aren’t flexible.
Cloud orchestration is the critical tool that you need to be able to respond to market demand and competitive threat and to be able to seize the opportunity to win new revenue streams.
The business case is compelling and positive – differentiate your services, secure a customer base and new revenues at higher margins and reduce your operational costs while increasing your productivity. Or risk becoming irrelevant.
Cloud can be broken down into four main areas: PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, ITaaS. Unlike most vendors our solution, which has its heritage in making IaaS provision as fast and simple as possible, has now matured to include other critical aspects of cloud services such as application provisioning and business logic. Our view is that cloud without a high degree of automation is not really cloud, so we have fully automated the orchestration of cloud services and the associated business process from provisioning through to metering and billing. We believe that without automated metering, and certainly in the case of MSPs, without automated billing, there is no obvious reason to do this. Indeed, how could you define something as cloud without it?
It typically takes around 4 hours to deploy Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator if all of the hardware and infrastructure elements are in place in the approved manner.
Unfortunately this is not currently available. We have had several expressions of interest for this capability and we are looking seriously at making this available. If this is of interest to you please let us know.
Not at present. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator was built long before the Openstack project, and the technology in Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator is far more mature and feature rich than Openstack. Indeed the software in Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator was used in the launch of the first public cloud service in Europe in 2007.
At present deployment on Openstack would mean that we would have to reduce the functionality of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator since many of the capabilities that we provide to our customers are not supported by Openstack.
We do believe in open standards and open systems though and are looking at ways to support Openstack when it becomes a viable solution.
Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator can run on a wide range of hardware of varying specifications and capacities. The hardware required depends on the size of deployment you need and the manner of installation. You can find more information here.
There are a number of significant new advances in V3.1:
Aside from the above, we have made a vast number of minor improvements and fixed several bugs.
As there are now several editions of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator please contact your account manager to discuss the most appropriate option for you.
Upgrades to v3.1 must be done from v3.0. Direct upgrades from earlier versions are not supported.
Full details on the process are available from the Documentation area.
As of the release of v3.1, our v2.0 chain has reached ‘End of Development’ status. This means that we will not be introducing new features in these release trains.
We plan to continue to support and to issue bug-fixes for security and critical functionality issues for both v1.5 and v2.0 to existing customers until these releases reach ‘End of Support’ status. End of Support dates are set out below:
|Software Release Train||End of Support|
|v1.5||1 June 2013|
|v2.0||1 December 2013|
|v3.0||1 May 2014|
We will obviously honour any later date within your contract with us.
Yes. You can still buy core months for your existing licences.
All hardware which works on v2.0 will also work with v3.1. In fact with Universal Storage we now support more hardware than ever before.
Yes, download the free version from our web site.