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Yesterday we brought you five things you didn’t know about Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to showcase how using a cloud management solution can help you differentiate, innovate and make more money! Today, we bring you five more things you didn’t know about Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator.

  1. Add your own content with widget plugins

There are any number of ways in which you may want to make it easier for your customers to self-serve your cloud offerings, and encourage them to keep coming back to your control panel more frequently. Blogs, deals of the day, YouTube tutorial videos, Twitter feeds – these are just some of the kinds of content that could make the difference between retaining or even upselling a customer, and not.

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator’s widget plugins let you embed all of these and more in custom widgets that can be displayed anywhere on your control panel. You can use our ready-to-use YouTube or Twitter widgets or our markdown widgets where you can embed whatever rich text and images you choose. Alternatively, for even more flexibility you can embed your own generic HTML, JavaScript and CSS, without having to write any actual FDL code.

  1. Customize the user experience with our JavaScript API

There are a number of useful applications that you may want to make available which require some JavaScript code to be imported to work. SnapEngage Live Chat, Google Analytics, ZenDesk Web Widget and HubSpot are a few examples. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator’s JavaScript API makes it simple for you to import the relevant code for any such applications and enable their functionality on your cloud platform.

Moreover, this API lets you add whatever custom JavaScript and CSS you choose to modify the behavior and appearance of the Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator UI, for example a ‘message of the day’, a control panel tour upon first login or dialogues pointing users to tutorial videos or support documentation upon certain actions or events.

  1. Open, programmable and modular architecture

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator has been designed with modularity in mind to enable you to get the specific functionality you want from it. Far from being a black box, our open and programmable, API-first architecture allows you to write your own plugins that add functionality over and above the out-of-the-box services that the platform provides.

This can cover a very wide range of use cases, including:

  • Triggering events between Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and third party platforms, such as monitoring and support ticketing systems
  • Integrating with payment providers such as PayPal or Stripe
  • Deep integration with third party resources such as for load balancing
  • Specifying additional functionality for Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator itself including UI behavior
  1. Backup as a Service

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator’s integration with Acronis Backup Cloud allows you to offer Backup as a Service to your customers, giving you a competitive edge and opening up additional revenue streams.

After linking your Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Acronis Backup Cloud account, you can set up backup-enabled product offers for consumption by your customers, all through the same Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator control panels as for your Infrastructure as a Service offerings. Customers can define key parameters such as backup frequency and retention through the usual server creation workflow. You can also easily migrate existing cloud servers onto backup plans, through the same control panel.

  1. Public and private IP address management

Did you know that Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator network orchestration includes full IP address management (IPAM) for both public and private address spaces? Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator manages the service provider’s public IP pools and assigns them to customer’s virtual servers as single IP addresses, with full TCP/IP stack isolation provided by our proprietary Public Virtual IP (PVIP) technology, or entire subnets.

Public IPs and subnets are also routed upstream by Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator-provided virtual routers. Since these act as gateways to the Internet, they also provide firewall capabilities that are fully exposed on the API.

Customers requesting private networks also have the full ability to leverage Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator IPAM and DHCP services by selecting their preferred IP address space and prefix length (e.g. 192.168.0.0/16) and having FCO assign specific IPs to virtual servers, alongside default gateways if required.

What does all of this mean for you as a cloud service provider? Since Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator brings so much automation these processes, you can save a great deal of time and effort in administering IP address spaces, while giving your customer greater flexibility and control.

 

With Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, services providers are armed with a platform to compete in the cloud marketplace. It offers the necessary tools and more, helping to deliver increased revenues, new lines of business and retained customers.

Learn more about Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator by visiting our software features tour. Want to see Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator in action? Get in touch and we will give you a short demonstration.

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