Today we are showcasing Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator’s latest feature, Elastic network interface controllers (NICs). This feature gives you full flexibility over how MAC and IP addresses are assigned to VMs on your cloud infrastructure. Just like for Elastic Disks, your customers can now also take any server’s NIC, along with its associated MAC and IP addresses, and detach this from its original server. This will go into a virtual repository of NICs for later use. At any point in time, they will be able to browse this repository and reattach that NIC, again with its associated MAC and IP addresses, to any other server they specify. All of this can be done via a couple of clicks in the customer control panel.
What can you do with this?
Elastic NICs offer many possibilities including:
- The ability to revert back to the original server image: When faced with a server problem, it can sometimes be easier to start over from scratch, rather than attempt to determine which historical change led to a server not performing as required. With Flexiant’s Elastic NIC feature, you have the ability to effectively revert to the original server image by remapping the IP address over to a new server.
- Rapidly fail over: With Elastic NICs, in the event of a server failure, you can remap the IP address from the failed server to a new, operational one.
- Software update assurance: Ever tried updating software and it didn’t work? Elastic NICs let you test software upgrades on new servers, then remap the IP address when ready. You also have the ability to switch IP address back to original server if required.
- Change database servers: For multi-tier applications, you can change database servers without having to point the front end to a different IP address.
- Support MAC-based licensing: If you need to replace a server, you can do so with Elastic NICs while maintaining MAC addresses for applications with MAC-based licensing.
- Ensure MAC address persistence: When required by Layer 2 protocols such as Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) or Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), you can use Elastic NICs to ensure the MAC address stays the same when moving from an old server to a new server, thanks to using the same NIC.
How does this benefit the service provider?
The main benefit for service providers and telecom operators is better customer retention rates. Why? Because customers can get the services they need, how they need them, without having to worry about IP addresses. You’ll have increased customer satisfaction and an improved user experience.
How does this benefit my customers?
Your customers benefit from more flexibility over managing cloud infrastructure. It’s easier for them to handle changes to their infrastructure requirements, and they can also benefit from licensing flexibility, high availability at a low cost, and supporting protocols that maintain router redundancy. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator enables service providers to give their customers the services they need in the cloud so that they can meet their business goals. Elastic NIC is the next feature in a service provider’s arsenal.
Want to see this feature in action? Get in touch and we will give you a short demonstration. If you like what you see, let us know so we can get you benefiting from Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator as soon as possible.