Bento Boxes for Pre-Configured Application Provisioning

Last week, we announced Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V3. This included the announcement of our newest feature, Bento Boxes, Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator’s functionality for delivering pre-configured application provisioning which allows service providers to offer pre-packaged, and sophisticated application stacks that are ready to use.

Named after the complete Japanese meal in a box, Flexiant’s Bento Boxes work in the same way by delivering a complete application without worrying about the technical ingredients.

Because our Bento Box functionality is pretty cool, I thought I’d provided a Q&A on some of the features and benefits to the end users.


What is the Bento Box functionality?

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New Licensing Options for Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator

The launch of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator comes with new licensing options to meet the needs of hosters, service providers and telcos. Flexiant will now offer four versions of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator including:

  • Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Hosting Edition

  • Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Hosting Advanced

  • Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Service Provider Edition

  • Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Service Provider Advanced



What’s in the Hosting Editions?

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Hosting Edition and Hosting Advance offers traditional hosting companies an alternative orchestration solution that works, at compelling entry level pricing. The editions also provide the hosting industry an alternative to OnApp and a roadmap to advanced functionality as required.

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Delivering Applications, not Infrastructure

The most amazing thing about a mature Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform is not its own capabilities. Rather it is the new business models, flexibility and agility that IaaS enables to be built on top of it.

Along the same line, it’s important to remember that whenever a new IT requirement is created, whether for cloud, dedicated servers, or otherwise at the end of the day it is to run an application of one kind or another.

Thanks to companies like Apple, users have become used to the ability to request or download an application and have it delivered instantly, with all the complicated configurations hidden away from them. Now, these users expect the same with their corporate internal applications as well.

Traditional IT will often struggle with this, not least because provisioning can take weeks if not months. There is also no easy way for end users to be able to see what services they are allowed to deploy in an application centric view.

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24 Hours Until… ‘The 10 Biggest Metering and Billing Mistakes that Service Providers Make’ Webinar

Register now for tomorrow’s 4pm BST webinar, ‘The 10 Biggest Metering & Billing Mistakes that Cloud Service Providers Make’.

If you are considering selling cloud services or are already doing so, you need to get to grips with metering and billing. Our webinar, The 10 Biggest Mistakes that Cloud Service Providers Make, has been created to meet a rising demand among our readers, who are eager to learn more about the common pitfalls in metering and billing.

In our webinar, the first in a series of “Expert Practitioner” webinars currently in the making at Flexiant, our COO and CTO Alex Bligh will provide some cloud metering and billing advice for cloud service providers.

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Workload Centric rather than VM Centric Management

As we reach the end of the series on ‘Managing Virtual Machine Sprawl,’ we come across a key issue workload centric vs. VM centric management.

Most IT Departments and especially users don’t really want to manage virtual machines, networks, storage, etc.  Instead they want to manage applications.   They want everything needed to power that application abstracted or hidden away unless they need to access it.

Imagine you have 10 projects, each with 10 servers. All you have to manage them is a portal which shows you 100 servers, with no clear way to identify which ones are which apart from their name.  What if that became 100 projects, with 1000 servers total, or more?

By the very fact that provisioning virtual machines has become increasingly easier, the growth and sprawl that is potentially caused can also result in significant new issues for managing the machines.

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