10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
February 18, 2013 11:06 AM Nobody wants to be caught in proprietary traps in the cloud. These tools can help you avoid being hemmed in by one vendor.
Abiquo, founded in 2006 in Redwood City, Calif., caught the emergence of the cloud wave at the right time, with its emphasis on private/public cloud interoperability and mobility between public cloud services. Abiquo Enterprise Edition is a Java system that can generate and deploy workloads for multiple cloud environments. It works with virtual machines generated by major hypervisors: VMware's ESX Server, Citrix Systems XenServer, Microsoft's Hyper-V, open source KVM and Xen, and Oracle's OracleVM. A workload deployment and management system for private clouds powered by those hypervisors, it's also capable of deploying to the public cloud and allows IT managers to view all workloads on a single pane of glass.
It includes open source JasperSoft reporting and OpsCode Chef recipes for end-user self-provisioning. Specifically geared to work with Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System servers often deployed in heavily virtualized environments, it can assign a service profile template to each UCS blade in a rack, providing the computing characteristics needed by the workloads it will serve.
Public clouds with which it connects include mainstream Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, Microsoft Windows Azure, Engine Yard, Salesforce.com's Force.com, Heroku and some lesser-known clouds, such as GreenQloud. For international operations, the Abiquo user interface supports eight languages.