7 Capabilities Your Cloud Management Solution Might Be Missing


Managing your cloud resources requires sophisticated solutions targeted at telcos and service providers. But often these cloud management solutions are not fit for purpose for a commercial provider of cloud services. There are a number of reasons you may need cloud orchestration and benefits you’ll receive from this. But there are also a number of added benefits that you might not be receiving from your cloud management solution. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Metering and Billing – Do you have a full-featured, integrated billing system to provide a complete solution depending on a company’s existing capabilities up to and including measurement, rating, invoice line generation, invoice generation and credit card collection facilities if required?
  2. Widget plugins – Can you create configurable custom widgets that can be made available to end-users for consumption?
  3. JavaScript API – Are you able to add your own custom code in the form of JavaScript and CSS to extend and modify the look and behavior of your solutions User Interface, beyond the customization capabilities offered by default?
  4. Intelligent workload placement – Is your workload placement intelligent and application aware? Can you ensure workloads are placed near to or far from, other workloads or particular groups of computer nodes for resiliency or performance reasons?
  5. Heterogeneous support – Can your cloud management solution easily manage whatever storage, network, servers, hypervisor, currency or language you desire, and frequently more than one at the same time?
  6. Role-based access control – Does your cloud management solution allow access control to match your business model? By supporting multiple users and groups within each customer account, can you allow different groups of users access to different sets of resources securely?
  7. Private IP address space management – Do you have the ability for end customers to self-serve management tools that help them to distribute and assign IP addresses?

If your current solution lacks some of these capabilities, you might be missing a trick. Without cloud orchestration that is fit for purpose, most service providers will not be able to deliver the full benefits of the cloud. And if customers don’t feel that they are benefiting, they’ll easily skip to a giant like AWS, Google or Microsoft or a like-for-like competitor.

Ensure your cloud management solution offers faster, self-service provisioning and instant access to more network capacity that gives immediate control to build and monitor cloud services will only improve a business. By utilizing cloud orchestration, service providers will arm themselves to compete on the cloud battleground. With cloud orchestration, differentiation and innovation becomes possible. The result? New lines of revenue and business growth.

Download our whitepaper on the reasons you need cloud orchestration for more information.

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Deep Dive: Jade APIs for Business Logic


Today’s Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Deep Dive focuses on Jade APIs that provide the entire Business Logic layer for our cloud management software. Jade is the top level management structure in the software stack. Jade contains and manages the following elements:

Jade talks to the Cluster Coordinator (Tigerlily) to then control each individual cluster of resources.

Jade provides three APIs:

1. A user API, used by end users for manipulating virtual resources on the platform (available by REST and SOAP)

Jade’s user API allows end users of the platform to manipulate their own virtual resources. Authentication is by user and customer, meaning that a user who is so permitted can manipulate resources of different customers using the appropriate authentication credentials.

Administrators can use the user API, authenticating as the administrator but passing the UsernameToken SOAP header (SOAP) or X-AssumeToken HTTP header (REST) set to the authentication username (the login username, a slash, and the customer UUID) of the customer concerned; see Authenticating to the APIs for more details.

2. An admin API used by administrators for various administrative functions (available by REST and SOAP)

Jade’s admin API provides a means for users with administrative access to perform administrative functions on the platform. Users with administrative access are:

  • Master Billing Entity administrators (administrators of the licensee who can administer all billing entities)
  • Other Billing Entity administrators (administrators of other billing entities, for instance resellers, who can only administer the Billing Entity to which they belong)

Jade provides an interface to allow authenticated administrators to perform administrative functions only within the Billing Entities they are authorized to use. For instance, they can:

  • List, search for, create, delete, or modify customers or users;
  • List transactions performed by a particular customer, or perform those transactions on the customer’s behalf; and
  • Create, modify or delete Product Offers within the system.

Jade’s admin API does not permit administrators to manipulate the virtual resources of customers directly. In order to manipulate customer resources, administrators should use the User API, authenticating as the administrator but passing the UsernameToken SOAP header (SOAP) or X-AssumeToken HTTP header (REST) set to the authentication username (the login username, a slash, and the customer UUID) of the customer concerned. For more details see Authenticating to the APIs.

3. An open API, available unauthenticated for retrieving objects prior to authentication (available by REST only).

Jade’s open API provides a means for unauthenticated users to retrieve in a read-only manner certain resources without authentication. For instance, to allow the sign-on screen in Skyline to retrieve login graphics, blobs are retrieved which are marked as public.

Getting Started

You can read more about the Key Jade Concepts available, and see also Authenticating to the APIs. To get started with Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, get in touch now.

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